Tag Archives: Bob dylan live

Watch: Bob Dylan – Simple Twist of Fate, Oslo, Norway June 30, 2011 (Video)

bob dylan oslo 2011

They sat together in the park
As the evening sky grew dark
She looked at him and he felt a spark tingle to his bones
’Twas then he felt alone and wished that he’d gone straight
And watched out for a simple twist of fate

Spektrum
Oslo, Norway
30 June 2011

Continue reading Watch: Bob Dylan – Simple Twist of Fate, Oslo, Norway June 30, 2011 (Video)

November 2: Bob Dylan @ Fox Warfield Theatre, San Francisco in 1979 (audio)

bob dylan 1979

The importance of identifying Bob Dylan as a performing artist, as distinct from the popular perception that he’s a songwriter and recording artist, is immediately clear when one has a chance to hear his fall 1979 concerts. “What Can I Do for You?,” “Solid Rock,” “Saving Grace,” “Covenant Woman” and “In the Garden” as performed at these shows are some of the finest works in Dylan’s oeuvre..
~Paul Williams (Bob Dylan: Performing Artist, Vol 2: The Middle Years 1974-1986)

I love Dylan’s Gospel tours from 1979 & 1980. And the concerts @ Fox Warfield Theatre November 1979 might be the best of them.

Fox Warfield Theatre
San Francisco, California
2 November 1979

  • Bob Dylan (vocal & guitar), Fred Tackett (guitar)
  • Spooner Oldham (keyboards)
  • Tim Drummond (bass)
  • Terry Young (keyboards)
  • Jim Keltner (drums)
  • Regina Mcrary , Helena Springs , Mona Lisa Young (background vocals)

Continue reading November 2: Bob Dylan @ Fox Warfield Theatre, San Francisco in 1979 (audio)

October 27: Bob Dylan University Of Illinois Champaign, Illinois 1999 (full concert video)

bob dylan Champaign 1999

1999 was a great year for Bob Dylan’s “Never Ending Tour”.

For all the splendours of earlier in the year [1999], 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 a great example from that last leg. Highlights include: One Too Many Mornings, This Wheel’s On Fire, Not Dark Yet & Not Fade Away.

Assembly Hall
University Of Illinois
Champaign, Illinois
27 October 1999

Continue reading October 27: Bob Dylan University Of Illinois Champaign, Illinois 1999 (full concert video)

September 27: Bob Dylan – Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door, Hard Rain & Forever Young, Bologna, Italy 1997 (Video)

Bologna 1997 (he threw (it all) away the hat before playing "Forever Young")
Bologna 1997 (he threw (it all) away the hat before playing “Forever Young”)

Unidentified venue
Bologna, Italy
27 September 1997
World Eucharistic Congress

Broadcast live by Italian TV RAI Uno.

Setlist:

  1. Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door
  2. A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall
  3. Forever Young

Musicians:

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

Continue reading September 27: Bob Dylan – Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door, Hard Rain & Forever Young, Bologna, Italy 1997 (Video)

September 13: Bob Dylan released “Hard Rain” in 1976





bobdylan-hardrain-cover

When we open our ears – and it may take a dozen listenings before we stop hearing this album in terms of what we expect these songs to sound like, or, for the fans, in terms of the performances we think should have been included – the rewards and surprises of Hard Rain are nearly inexhaustible.
~Paul Williams (Bob Dylan: Performing Artist, Vol 2: The Middle Years 1974-1986)

Hindsight shows that this album introduces the ragged, postmodern Bob Dylan, right from the grungy instrumental ground-pawing ahead of the start of the first number. Moreover the running order now seems surprisingly well thought out. It represents, too, the late phase of the historic Rolling Thunder Revue tour and captures the distinctive, bare-wired sound of Dylan’s existential gypsy band. Stand-out track is ‘Idiot Wind’, which, as Dylan grows ever more engaged, bursts open and pours out its brilliant venom.
~Michael Gray (The Bob Dylan Encyclopedia)

The 3 best all time (from any artist) officially released concert albums are obviously “Hard Rain”, “Bob Dylan Live 1966, The “Royal Albert Hall” Concert” & “Bob Dylan Live 1975, The Rolling Thunder Revue”. They are all brilliant. Today “Hard Rain” is the best of the lot.

The album received an awful lot bad criticism upon its release, and surprisingly still does. To my ears it has always sounded amazing. Listening to other bootlegs from Rolling thunder 2 & watching the Hard Rain movie (and outtakes), one could easily wish that more songs had been included, and he’d put out a double album. But it is what it is, and it’s incredible. It is also (as noted by Paul Williams) inexhaustible, it still sounds fresh & wonderful today.

Here is (a stunning) “Shelter From The Storm”:

Continue reading September 13: Bob Dylan released “Hard Rain” in 1976