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.
5 May 1966
- Visions Of Johanna
- Fourth Time Around
- It’s All Over Now, Baby Blue
- Desolation Row
- Just Like A Woman
- Mr. Tambourine Man
- I Don’t Believe You (She Acts Like We Never Have Met)
- 1-6 Bob Dylan (vocal, harmonica & guitar)
- 7 Bob Dylan (vocal, harmonica & electric guitar),
Robbie Robertson (electric guitar),
Garth Hudson (organ),
Rick Danko (bass),
Richard Manuel (piano),
Mickey Jones (drums)
5 thoughts on “May 5: Bob Dylan concert in Dublin 1966 (audio)”
Picture of above of Bob appears to be from “No Direction Home” clip of Leopard-Skin Pill-Box. Is that clip from the Dublin concert? I’ve never been able to find full footage (aud or video)!
I was there that rainy night in Dublin’s Adelphi Theatre, third row from the stage. I was 15, my first and best concert, though I still blame Bob and the guys for hearing damage, haha, the sound was so loud, as good rock music should be played. Thank’s guys.
The acoustic set was well received, but when the Band came on for the second half, all the “folkies” just got up, and walked out quietly. Most of the hassle had less to do with war, though I’ll defer to Robbie, he’d a better view, or Dylan going electric, but came from disgruntled fans, only there for the “hits”, complaining about the volume, and that he played a lot from the not yet released “Blonde on Blonde”, for me a great plus, hearing new stuff from this, for me, his Magnum Opus.
I have seen Him twice subsequently in Dublin, in the 90’s, both concerts a great disappointment. Once, as critics aptly described it, “a nightmare in a wind tunnel,” and another, during his return to his folk style, when his reworking of his older material was so different, it took me a while to actually recognise ” Tambourine Man.” Definitely no improvement on the original. For ’66 concert though, I’d forgive him anything even, ” Wiggle, wiggle”.
Thanks for the great story!
The Dublin 1966 JLAW is one of my all-time favourite Bob videos:
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