Yes, the gal I got
I swear she’s the screaming end
She wants me to be a hero
So she can tell all her friends
This is a real gem!
..Dylan opened the first two shows with the obscure “Hero Blues” from 1963, singing some of the original lyrics (“The gal I got, I swear she’s the screaming end/She wants me to be a hero, So she can tell all her friends) plus some new ones that seem : relevant to his immediate situation “Running down the highway, just as fast as I can go”; and “Don’t you remember, I told you long ago/… just ain’t gonna work around here no more”, and finally something about what “You can write on my tombstone.” Powerful stuff; one wishes he’d felt free to do more improvising.
~Paul Williams (BD performing artist 1974-86)
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.
University Of Illinois Conference Center Pavilion Chicago, Illinois 31 October 1999
I don’t know how I come to songs, y’know, but doing what I’m doing, I’m doing, er… I mean, it’s not up to me, y’know, I don’t really go into myself that deep… I just go ahead and do it, yeah, I was sort of trying to find a place to pound my nails, y’know.
~Bob Dylan (to Studs Terkel, 26 April 1963)
WFMT-Radio Studio Chicago, Illinois 26 April 1963 Studs Terkel Wax Museum
..king of all post-war blues harpists,…. The fiery harmonica wizard took the humble mouth organ in dazzling amplified directions that were unimaginable prior to his ascendancy.
~Bill Dahl (allmusic.com)
Induction of Little Walter into R&R Hall of Fame in 2008: