Feb 24: Bob Dylan with Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Sydney 1986

Bob Dylan & Tom Petty sydney 1986

Full audio from this concert embedded further down in the post.

Entertainment Centre
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
24 February 1986

  • Bob Dylan (vocal & guitar) with Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers:
  • Tom Petty (guitar)
  • Mike Campbell (guitar)
  • Benmont Tench (keyboards)
  • Howie Epstein (bass)
  • Stan Lynch (drums)
  • The Queens Of Rhythm: Debra Byrd, Queen Esther Marrow, Madelyn Quebec, Elisecia Wright (backing vocals)

  1. Justine (Don Harris/Dewy Terry)
  2. Positively 4th Street
  3. Clean Cut Kid
  4. I’ll Remember You
    How are you? Sometimes it’s hard to find people who understand me.
  5. Trust Yourself
  6. That Lucky Old Sun (Gillespie/ Smith)
    Thank you. I wrote this song about seven years ago I think, in my so called folk song, protest period. Anyway, I still play this. It seems to hold up really well though, ha-ha.
  7. Masters of War
    Thank you. I wanna introduce you now to one of America’s last great rock ‘n’ roll bands and surely one of my favorites. Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers.
  8. Bye Bye Johnny [Petty]
  9. Straight Into Darkness [Petty]
  10. A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall (acoustic – Dylan solo)
  11. Girl Of the North Country (acoustic – Dylan solo)
    Thank you! Well, I just read another concert review the other day. It said “Bob’s sounding like a parody of himself. He sounds just exactly like he’s imitating himself”. I should like to know who I’m supposed to sound like, you know. I know it’s hard when so many people sound like me these days. But someday, somebody got to tell these people that I’m still here. Well, I can’t sound like anybody else. I don’t know how to. If I did, I would.
  12. It’s Alright, Ma (I’m Only Bleeding) (acoustic – Dylan solo)
    Tom and I are gonna do a song for you right now. We used to hear these songs all the time when we were growing up. You can’t hear them anymore. Very seldom you hear real songs anymore. Well, we were lucky to grow up, when you could hear them all the time. All you had to do was switch on the radio and you could hear them
  13. I Forgot More Than You’ll Ever Know (Null)
  14. Just Like a Woman
  15. I’m Moving On (Hank Snow)
    Thank you, all right. Here’s a song I wrote a while back about one of America’s greatest forgotten men. This man was just a little bit before his time. He said some things which got him into trouble with the wrong people. But there’s a lot of people right now saying a lot of things much worse than he ever could have dreamed of. And of course they’re making millions of dollars and they’ve got nice houses and drive fast cars. And they got lots of pretty women. He didn’t have none of that stuff at all.
  16. Lenny Bruce
  17. When the Night Comes Falling From the Sky
  18. Lonesome Town
  19. Ballad of a Thin Man
  20. So You Wanna Be a Rock-n-Roll Star [Petty]
  21. Refugee [Petty]
  22. Rainy Day Women #12 & 35
    All right, everybody must get stoned. I meant that song as it could be taken a couple of different ways. That’s one of them, but here’s one that can be taken but just one way.
  23. Seeing the Real You at Last
  24. Across the Borderline (Cooder/Hiatt)
    Thank you. It’s called Borderline. For all you rock critics who are out there. Don’t forget that rock critics did it all the time.
  25. I and I
    Thank you. I wanna, I wanna thank Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers for backing me up tonight. On the keyboards, give him a warm hand, Benmont Tench. All right, on the drums, Stan Lynch. Playing the bass and the mandolin, Howie Epstein. All right on lead guitar, Mike Campbell. I especially wanna thank Tom Petty. And of course my sweet singing partners over on the left.
  26. Like a Rolling Stone
    All right. Yeah, we gonna get out of here now. Yeah. We got to go. It’s way past my bedtime, I don’t know about you. Anyway we always sing this last song here. It’s about my hero. Everybody’s got a hero. Some people got a hero, lots of different heroes. Money is a hero, success is a hero. To lots of people Michael Jackson’s a hero. Bruce Springsteen, John Wayne, everybody’s got a hero. Shut up you! Well, I wanna sing about my hero, I don’t care about those heroes. I have my own hero.
  27. In the Garden
  28. Blowin’ in the Wind
  29. Uranium Rock (Warren Smith)
  30. Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door

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3 thoughts on “Feb 24: Bob Dylan with Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Sydney 1986”

  1. Bob at his best.
    I left England to work in Sydney with my new wife in July 1985.
    Catching up with Bob at the city’s Entertainment Centre was one of many highlights of my time in Oz.
    Unlike England, getting a ticket in Australia was a breeze. The show was fantastic from start to finish, although I can’t be sure if this was the actual concert we witnessed as he played more than one night.
    When he performed Just like A Woman (then my favourite of his songs) I could have cried.
    Tom Petty and his band, and the backing singers were brilliant.
    So I was sure to see Bob close-up from the distant seat I booked I took along a pair of binoculars, especially bought. And I remember watching him share a smoke with one of his backing singers at the back of the stage while Tom and his Heartbreakers were rocking the audience.
    I still have those binoculars… and some brilliant memories.

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