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)
His presence burns from the video screen. His music bursts with aliveness. Anyone can see he’s being driven by some kind of primal force.
~Paul Williams (Bob Dylan: Performing Artist, Vol 2: The Middle Years 1974-1986)
GREAT performance from Dylan & his trio (core of what would become the The Rolling Thunder tour band).. They were the last act this day.. the filming was running late & they didn’t get to play before 2 am. Still there is fire in Dylan’s eyes.. and he drives his band through the songs.
Continue reading September 10: Bob Dylan WTTW-TV Studios Chicago, Illinois 1975
A great concert from 2001.
- Fantastic version of “Desolation Row”
- Concert # 1325 of The Never-Ending Tour
- Concert # 12 of the 2001 Europe Summer Tour
- 2001 concert #48
Check out boblinks.com for different reviews of the show.
Let’s just roll “Desolation Row” first:
Continue reading July 12: Bob Dylan – King’s Dock Liverpool, England 2001 (Videos)