June 10: Bob Dylan @ Berkeley, California 1988 (full concert video)

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Ever a man of moods, Dylan returns to blazing form with a terrific 95-minute, 17-song set. Again a wealth of songs are introduced, five songs in the electric sets being performed for the first time on the 1988 tour: “Joey,” “Watching the River Flow,” “Tangled Up in Blue,” “It Takes a Lot to Laugh,” and Glen Glenn’s “Everybody’s Movin’.” Also introduced into the acoustic set are “San Francisco Bay Blues,” which is met with whoops of recognition by the Bay Area audience, “The Times They Are a-Changin’,” and a sensitive “Rank Strangers to Me,” the second selection from Dou:n in the Groove. Neil Young joins the band for the second electric set, staying on stage for the remainder of the show.
~Clinton Heylin (Bob Dylan: A Life in Stolen Moments Day by Day 1941-1995)

Greek Theatre
University Of California
Berkeley, California
10 June 1988

  • Bob Dylan (vocal & guitar)
  • G. E. Smith (guitar)
  • Kenny Aaronson (bass)
  • Christopher Parker (drums)
  • Neil Young guitar on songs 11, 12, 13, 14, 16 & 17

1. Subterranean Homesick Blues

2. Joey (Bob Dylan & Jacques Levy)

3. Absolutely Sweet Marie

4. Watching The River Flow

5. Tangled Up In Blue

6. Masters Of War

7. San Francisco Bay Blues (Jesse Fuller)

8. Boots Of Spanish Leather

9. Lakes Of Pontchartrain (trad.)

10. The Times They Are A-Changin’

11. It Takes A Lot To Laugh, It Takes A Train To Cry

12. In The Garden

13. Gates Of Eden

14. Like A Rolling Stone

15. Rank Strangers To Me (A. Brumley)

16. Everybody’s Movin’ (Glen Trout)

17. Maggie’s Farm

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6 thoughts on “June 10: Bob Dylan @ Berkeley, California 1988 (full concert video)”

  1. I was at this show. It was only my second of many Dylan shows. The first was two nights before this in Concord. It was such a thrill and it was a beautiful night. I was sitting up on a hill overlooking the Bay when he sang San Francisco Bay Blues. Perfect. I had just moved back to California. My favorite part of both those shows were the short acoustic sets with Dylan and G.E. Smith. Good Memory. Vintage Dylan.

  2. What a show! Bob’s on fire, the band is smokin’ and Neal eased himself right in there- like he was there all along. Thank you, gentlemen, for another terrific post.

    1. Neil is behind and to the right of Bob – doing a kind of a lively high-stepping type of dance.

  3. Bob does his own very popular “Like a Rolling Stone ” , on this concert tour with a scintillating voice . Probably one of the best net performances ever ; so many times the music overshadows the lyric . Nobody could ever do this great song as good as Bob , which isn’t a surprise !

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