Classic concert: Bob Dylan: Massey Hall, Toronto, Canada April 20, 1980
…The band was refreshed, and excited about the concert being recorded and filmed. Dylan delivers a power house performance. If you are a fan of the christian material, this is not to be missed. If you love to hear Dylan pouring his heart and soul into the show… this is the one.
FANTASTIC concert from the “Third Gospel Tour”.
Concert # 4 of the Third Gospel Tour
Gospel concert # 54
1980 concert # 28
Massey Hall Toronto, Ontario, Canada 20 April 1980
Grateful Dead and Bob Dylan July 12 1987 (full concert)
The Bob Dylan and the Grateful Dead 1987 Tour was a concert tour by Bob Dylan and the Grateful Dead taking place in the summer of 1987 and consisting of six concerts. Each concert began with a lengthy set by the Grateful Dead of their own material (sometime broken into a first and second set, per the Dead’s own practice), followed by a roughly 90 minute set of the Dead acting as Dylan’s backup band. The Dead had long performed many Dylan songs in their own concerts, so they were well-versed in Dylan’s repertoire.
“Dylan repainted his masterpieces. “It’s All Over Now, Baby Blue” and “Ballad of a Thin Man” sputtered at first, but when Dylan and the Dead found the groove, the music soared. Whether prompted by a swirl from Brent’s organ, a bomb from Phil’s bass, or Bob Weir’s physical exuberance, Dylan found new paths to the soul of his creations. Watching the legends teeter towards disaster without a safety net made the ensuing crescendos more exhilarating.”
– Howard Weiner (Live for Live music)
Reviewer, “ing” at The Internet Archive:
“I was there and…
… listening back to this I think it is even better than I remember! The crowd was amped up. No doubt it was a lot of the newbie Touch of Grey fanbase there but it was an event and the energy fo the event was palpable (heh, running in from the gate, I tripped and fell and for a moment I looked up at the stampeding herd coming toward me and envisioned another Cleveland (The Who) happening (with me as the victim!)so I got up SO quick and hobbled toward the stage with my twisted ankle still smarting and laces still untied… but ultimately getting a fairly good spot not too far from the stage.
But LISTEN to this show… the band is pretty well on and the drums are particularly quite tight, something that I found annoying in many of the mid 80s shows (the loose drumming thing the guys seemed into most of the time). Jerry is singing pretty well and quite passionately, even getting some good crowd response (check out the Dew!). Jerry’s playing is really sweet. And: Pedal Steel! Need I say more? As to them playing rushed as some have said, I think it is more that they are playing tight… they aren’t as wasted… maybe they had to keep their heads together given the size of the crowd but I didn’t get the sense the show was rushed… it was a fun day.
And for the record, i have to say that I disagree with most people about not liking the whole Dylan and the Dead combo. I thought it was a great concept. Sure, it was a little thrown together due to their schedules and various habits said powers-that-be may have been battling at the time… But — hey that was part of what they were doing then and ultimately it was all about a sense of spontaneity and lighthearted fun and just putting it out there…”
My Favourite Bob Dylan bootleg 2011: Funen Village Odense Denmark June 27
This is a great sounding Bob Dylan bootleg from his 2011 European tour, we saw Dylan in Bergen, Norway two days later, and the Odense concert is really close to my experience in Bergen. I have the recording from Bergen as well, and I did consider that show as my 2011 choice. But in the end I had to admit that I like the Funen Village show a little bit better. It sounds very good and Bob Dylan is clearly enjoying himself. I also love his version of The Man in Me here (we didn’t get that in Bergen).
The highlights for me are: The Man in Me, and then “the three in a row”, Boots of Spanish Leather, The Ballad of Hollis Brown and Every Grain of Sand. Jump down to the video and check it out!
Bob Dylan – guitar, keyboard, harp
Tony Garnier – bass
George Recile – drums
Stu Kimball – rhythm guitar
Charlie Sexton – lead guitar
Donnie Herron – violin, viola, banjo, electric mandolin, pedal steel, lap steel
“…We participated all in a great garden party, perfect environment, amphi theatre packed with 2,000 spectators, surrounded by large trees, no wind, 20 degree C, blue night sky, my wife and I dancing few meters from the stage.
Most of the evening Bob acted as a showman, relaxed and unpretentious, rocking center stage with his microphone, harp or guitar, smiling “his” smile.
The band was swinging and the sound mercury clear, Bobs words came out personally strong, with long notes, in delicate balance with his tight band.
His standout songs tonight were many: The Man In Me , Things Have Changed (crooning with funny arm gestures), Ballad Of Hollis Brown (obsessive), Ballad Of A Thin Man (majestic theatrical) and specially Forgetful Heart (beautiful, who induced goosebumps)…” – Lars Jørgensen (Boblinks)
Full Funen Village, Odense playlist, very closely filmed and with good sound:
I have to agree with the Newcastle 22nd reviews. This show was very
special. From the opening Seeing the Real You At Last to the encores.
I will never forget the echoing vocal on Cold Irons Bound which danced
around the Arena, it was like listening to Moses.
– Rob Pattison (Boblinks review)
June 22, 2004
April 9, 1994
Bob Dylan (vocal & guitar)
Bucky Baxter (pedal steel guitar & electric slide guitar)
John Jackson (guitar)
Tony Garnier (bass)
Winston Watson (drums & percussion)
Over the years, “You’re a Big Girl Now” fell back to a mid-tempo pace, sometimes with harmonica over the lead-in, sometimes with long instrumental passages between the verses. It would pop up in the set-lists consistently, but not frequently, with some occasionally outstanding performances (Lawrence, Kansas 1994; Toledo, Ohio 1998).
– Jeff Carter (Popmatters) (23minutes into the concert)
Queen Jane Approximately
All Along The Watchtower
You’re A Big Girl Now
Tangled Up In Blue
Watching The River Flow
Mama, You Been On My Mind
Gates Of Eden
It’s All Over Now, Baby Blue
I And I
She Belongs To Me
Man In The Long Black Coat
It Ain’t Me, Babe