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Watch: Bob Dylan With Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers – Hard To Handle (Sydney 1986)





bob dylan hard to handle

A video chronicling Bob Dylan’s Far East tour in early 1986 with Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers. Its ten songs combine ’60s favorites such as “Just Like A Woman” with striking later numbers like “When The Night Comes Falling From The Sky.” The band is sharp, and Dylan is in good form. (Broadcast on HBO June 20, 1986.)
~William Ruhlmann (allmusic.com)

Recorded at the Entertainment Center in Sydney, 24 and 25 February 1986. The video was released in October on CBS/FOX and contains the following songs:

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Tweeter and the Monkey Man by Bob Dylan and Tom Petty





Charlie T. and Lucky Wilbury
Charlie T. and Lucky Wilbury

Tweeter and the Monkey Man by Bob Dylan and Tom Petty
– a great story song

The Traveling Wilburys was a “supergroup” consisting of Bob Dylan, George Harrison, Jeff Lynne, Roy Orbison, and Tom Petty. The song is supposedly co-written by all 5 members – all of the album’s songs are credited to The Traveling Wilburys. However, it is believed that Bob Dylan was the primary writer of this song, which is one of the very few Traveling Wilburys tracks that has Dylan singing lead vocals on while the rest of the band singing backup. Roy Orbison is not singing at all on this track. Here is Goerge Harrison’s take on who wrote the song:

‘Tweeter and the Monkey Man’ was  by Tom Petty and Bob. Well, Jeff and I were there too, but we were just sitting there around in the kitchen, and he was for some reason talking about all this stuff that didn’t make much sense to me, you know, it was that Americana kinda stuff and we got a tape cassette and put it on and then transcribed everything they were saying.- George Harrison (The Travelling Wilburys, the true story)

Tweeter and The Monkey Man – The Travelling Wilburys:

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October 1: Bob Dylan Cocaine Blues, Bournemouth, England 1997 (Video)

bob dylan bournemouth 1997

Every time my baby and me we go uptown,
Police come in and knock me down.
Cocaine all around my brain.

Hey baby, better come here quick,
This old cocaine is ‘bout to make me sick.
Cocaine all around my brain.

Bournemouth International Centre
Bournemouth, England
1 October 1997

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Bob Dylan: 7 Brilliant Live Performances From The Year 1999

Touring is something you either love or hate doing. I’ve experienced both. I try to keep an open mind about it. Right now, I’m enjoying it. The crowds make the show. Going onstage, seeing different people every night in a combustible way, that’s a thrill. There’s nothing in ordinary life that even comes close to that.
– Bob Dylan (Edna Gundersen interview for USA Today – April 1999)

Never Ending Tour 1999
Start date January 26, 1999
End date November 20, 1999
Legs 5
No. of shows 98 in North America
21 in Europe

119 in total

Every N.E.T. junkie seems to agree that 1999 was a wonderful Dylan year. Strong performances in all 5 legs.

Please use the Comments section to  post your personal favourites from 1999.

Pavilhão do Atlântico
Parque das Nações
Lisbon, Portugal
7 April 1999

  • Bob Dylan (vocal & guitar)
  • Bucky Baxter (pedal steel guitar & electric slide guitar)
  • Larry Campbell (guitar)
  • Tony Garnier (bass)
  • David Kemper (drums & percussion)

Tryin´ To Get To Heaven

The air is getting hotter
There’s a rumbling in the skies
I’ve been wading through the high muddy water
With the heat rising in my eyes
Every day your memory grows dimmer
It doesn’t haunt me like it did before
I’ve been walking through the middle of nowhere
Trying to get to heaven before they close the door

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Watch Bob Dylan Performing a Beautiful “Not Dark Yet” in Vienna 1999

Shadows are falling and I’ve been here all day
It’s too hot to sleep, time is running away
Feel like my soul has turned into steel
I’ve still got the scars that the sun didn’t heal
There’s not even room enough to be anywhere
It’s not dark yet, but it’s getting there

Halle D
Wiener Stadthalle
Vienna, Austria
30 April 1999

  • Bob Dylan (vocal & guitar)
  • Bucky Baxter (pedal steel guitar & electric slide guitar)
  • Larry Campbell (guitar)
  • Tony Garnier (bass)
  • David Kemper (drums & percussion)

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