Well, I usually… I usually try to put in songs which are different in their own context, either structurally or melodically or uh lyrically, that uh, don’t… so it’s not all the same type of material, I try to fill in a larger picture. I don’t know what the total effect of it is. Umm… How do I go about selecting the material? Well, there’s material that I WANT to play, there’s material that I feel I HAVE to play, and, uh, I try to get the material that I feel I have to play into the frame of mind where I want to play the material that I have to play. The rest of it is just stuff I want to play.
~Bob Dylan (Melbourne – 21 Feb 1986)
|True Confession Tour:
The tour started with two concerts in New Zealand and thirteen concerts in Australia before four concerts in Japan. Both Dylan and Petty took a break after this tour before returning to the road in June to perform a forty-one date tour of the United States and Canada. During the tour the pair performed two concerts at the RFK Stadium in Washington, DC, three concerts at the legendary Madison Square Garden in New York City and two concerts at The Spectrum in Philadelphia. The tour came to a close on August 6 in Paso Robles, California. The pair would tour together the following year on the Temples in Flames Tour.
Rehearsals (w/Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers) took place in December 1985.
Before they flew over to New Zealand.. Dylan gave a couple of interviews.. Here is one:
George Negus interview for “60 Minutes”, Malibu, California:
Oh no, no, I can’t do that, because my songs speak for that. I usually say everything I have to say through the songs. I mean it would be pointless for me to go out and say how I feel about this and how I feel about that. I could never articulate this well.
~Bob Dylan (to George Negus – Jan 1986)
Shows – overview:
|February 5, 1986||Wellington||New Zealand||Wellington Athletic Park|
|February 7, 1986||Auckland||Mount Smart Stadium|
|February 10, 1986||Sydney||Australia||Sydney Entertainment Centre|
|February 11, 1986|
|February 12, 1986|
|February 13, 1986|
|February 15, 1986||Adelaide||Memorial Drive Park|
|February 17, 1986||Perth||Perth Entertainment Centre|
|February 18, 1986|
|February 20, 1986||Melbourne||Kooyong Stadium|
|February 21, 1986|
|February 22, 1986|
|February 24, 1986||Sydney||Sydney Entertainment Centre|
|February 25, 1986|
|March 1, 1986||Brisbane||Lang Park|
|March 5, 1986||Tokyo||Japan||Nippon Budokan|
|March 6, 1986||Osaka||Osaka-jō Hall|
|March 8, 1986||Nagoya||Aichi Prefectural Gymnasium|
|March 10, 1986||Tokyo||Nippon Budokan|
The general observation is that the shows gradually became better.. similar to the 78-tour.
Dylan’s setlist, which stayed fairly constant throughout the 61 “True Confessions” gigs, was significantly different from 1984: typically only 8-10 ‘Greatest Hits’ out of 24 or 26 songs. The other songs included 4 or 5 from ‘Empire Burlesque’, 4 or 5 from Dylan’s other recent albums (1980-83), and 6 or 7 covers, most of them rockabilly or country or country/pop.
~Paul Williams (BD Performing Artist 1974-86)
A couple of more interviews video:
10 February 1986
Press Conference in Brett Whitley’s Studio, Sydney, Australia:
22 February 1986
Maurice Parker interview, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia:
Hard To Handle
A video chronicling Bob Dylan’s Far East tour in early 1986 with Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers. Its ten songs combine ’60s favorites such as “Just Like A Woman” with striking later numbers like “When The Night Comes Falling From The Sky.” The band is sharp, and Dylan is in good form. (Broadcast on HBO June 20, 1986.)
~William Ruhlmann (allmusic.com)
Recorded at the Entertainment Center in Sydney, 24 and 25 February 1986. The video was released in October on CBS/FOX and contains the following songs:
- Spoken introduction to “In The Garden” February 25th
- In The Garden February 24th
- Just Like A Woman February 24th
- Like A Rolling Stone February 25th
- It’s Alright Ma (I’m Only Bleeding) February 25th
- Girl From The North Country February 24th
- Lenny Bruce February 25th
- When The Night Comes Falling From The Sky February 24th
- Ballad Of A Thin Man February 24th
- I’ll Remember You February 24th
- Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door February 25th
“Hard To Handle”:
But.. the best show from the far east leg … might be the last one:
Nippon Budokan Hall
10 March 1986
All in all, a nice recording of a great show.
Here is a bunch of GREAT audio clips..
#6 – That Lucky Old Sun:
#15 – Lenny Bruce
Here’s a song I wrote a while back about a guy who died pretty miserably actually. I figured I didn’t write this song, nobody would so, somebody had to write it. There’s a great American playwright named Tennessee Williams. He said, “I’m not looking for your pity, I just want your understanding. No, not even that, but just your recognition of me and you and time, the enemy in us all.” Anyway, he died pretty miserably too. So this is a man who got no recognition really during his lifetime. But he laid down a lot of road for a lot of people to walk on. People still walking on that road, making lots of money, living in fine houses. Have plenty of women and eating good food. And he didn’t have none of them things. (before Lenny Bruce)
#16 – When The Night Comes Falling From The Sky
#21 – Accross The Borderline
#22 – We Three
#23 – I & I
- Bob Dylan (vocal & guitar)
- 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).
Part 3 of this series will deal with the “US Summer Tour” leg of the tour.
- Bob Dylan – Farm Aid 1985 – True Confession Tour part1
- Bob Dylan cover versions @ Johannasvisions
- Bob Dylan albums @ Johannasvisions
- Bob Dylan videos @ Johannasvisions
- Bob Dylan concerts @ Johannasvisions
- Bob Dylan recording sessions @ Johannasvisions