…The Sheffield show is perhaps the best of the tour. The quality is incredible, and the performance can move you to tears. The Gaumont adds a warmth and depth to the overall sound that is lacking at many venues, and Bob pours his heart into every syllable. This set represents some of the finest of the tour…
16 May 1966
Continue reading May 16: Bob Dylan & The Hawks: Gaumont Theatre, Sheffield 1966
CBS records this concert. A PA recording of the acoustic half of the show is subsequently widely bootlegged. The extant tape features “Visions of Johanna,” “Fourth Time Around,” “It’s All Over Now, Baby Blue,” “Desolation Row,” “Just Like a Woman,” and “Mr. Tambourine Man” (but not “She Belongs to Me,” presumably performed). Although the acoustic set seems to be well received, the audience is hostile throughout the electric set. One review of the show is headlined “Night of the Big Let Down.” According to Robbie Robertson, some of the audience were even holding up placards saying “Stop the War.” A recording of “I Don’t Believe You” from the electric set is eventually released on the Biograph set, incorrectly assigned to Belfast.
~Clinton Heylin (Bob Dylan: A Life in Stolen Moments Day by Day 1941-1995)
Another Great 66 gig.
Continue reading May 5: Bob Dylan concert in Dublin 1966 (audio)
1999 was a great year for Bob Dylan’s “Never Ending Tour”.
For all the splendours of earlier in the year , this last leg was the most consistently triumphant. By the time Dylan brought the year’s touring to an end, with an extended set on November the 20th, he had played 121 shows – the most in a single year of his entire career. It had been a very good year, the best since 1995.
~Andrew Muir (One More Night: Bob Dylan’s Never Ending Tour)
A lot of concerts from this tour is in circulation (both video & audio) and this concert is (…again) a great example from that last leg.
14 November 1999
Continue reading November 14: Bob Dylan Worcester, Massachusetts 1999 (Full concert video)
This is a ‘must have’ CD. Period. Fans of Rolling Thunder will find this first venue of the tour to be electrifyingly fresh and vibrant. Everything was new, mysterious, and exciting. The stunned audience would have to wait two more months for the release of this mystical music on the ‘Desire’ LP. As the tour wore on, some of the spontaneous edge began to dull with the wear and tear of life on the road. Fans of ‘Desire’ will thrill to the encore magic captured in Dylan’s voice and in Scarlet Rivera’s violin.
War Memorial Auditorium
31 October 1975
Second Rolling Thunder Revue concert
Continue reading October 31: Bob Dylan & Friends – Plymouth 1975
If anyone is in doubt about Dylan’s 78-concerts… check out this one!
20 October 1978
- My Back Pages
- I’m Ready (Willie Dixon)
- Mr. Tambourine Man
- Shelter From The Storm
- It’s All Over Now, Baby Blue
- Tangled Up In Blue
All right, this is a ballad I wrote a few years back, concerning three people who were in love with each other, all the time.
- Ballad Of A Thin Man
This is a song I’ve been singing for quite some time. Funny how it means more to me now than it did when I wrote it.
- Maggie’s Farm
- I Don’t Believe You (She Acts Like We Never Have Met)
- Like A Rolling Stone
- I Shall Be Released
- Going, Going, Gone
- The Times They Are A-Changin’
- It Ain’t Me, Babe
- One More Cup Of Coffee (Valley Below)
- Blowin’ In The Wind
- Girl From The North Country
- Where Are You Tonight? (Journey Through Dark Heat)
- Masters Of War
- Just Like A Woman
- Simple Twist Of Fate
- All Along The Watchtower
- All I Really Want To Do
- It’s Alright, Ma (I’m Only Bleeding)
- Forever Young
- Changing Of The Guards
- Bob Dylan (vocal & guitar)
- Billy Cross (lead guitar)
- Alan Pasqua (keyboards)
- Steven Soles (rhythm guitar, backup vocals)
- David Mansfield (violin & mandolin)
- Steve Douglas (horns)
- Jerry Scheff (bass)
- Bobbye Hall (percussion)
- Ian Wallace (drums)
- Helena Springs, Jo Ann Harris, Carolyn Dennis (background vocals)