Bob Dylan – Jones Beach Theater, Wantagh, New York – 30 June 1988

bob dylan wantagh 1988

A very good 88-concert and the sound on the circulating soundboard tape is incredible.

It is concert #15 of the Never Ending Tour & this tour is “labeled” the Interstate 88 Tour, part 1.

#10 – Eileen Aroon

I know a valley fair,
Eileen Aroon
I know a cottage there
Eileen Aroon
Far in the valley shade I know a tender maid
Flow’r of the hazel glade, Eileen Aroon

#3 – You’re A Big Girl Now

Wantagh, New York

Wantagh New York

Wantagh (pronounced /WAHN-taw/) is a hamlet and census-designated place (an unincorporated section of the town of Hempstead) in Nassau County on Long Island, New York, United States. The population of Wantagh was 18,871 at the time of the 2010 census.

Wantagh is known as “The Gateway to Jones Beach”.

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  1. Subterranean Homesick Blues
  2. Just Like Tom Thumb’s Blues
  3. You’re A Big Girl Now
  4. Tangled Up In Blue
  5. Masters Of War
  6. I Shall Be Released
  7. Stuck Inside Of Mobile With The Memphis Blues Again
  8. Lakes Of Pontchartrain (trad.)
  9. A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall
  10. Eileen Aroon (trad., arr. Clancy Brothers and Tommy Makem)
  11. Boots Of Spanish Leather
  12. Silvio (Bob Dylan & Robert Hunter)
  13. Gates Of Eden
  14. Like A Rolling Stone
  15. The Times They Are A-Changin’
  16. All Along The Watchtower
  17. Maggie’s Farm

 #4 – Tangled Up In Blue

Jones Beach Theater

joneas park theatre


Address 1000 Ocean Parkway
Wantagh, New York 11793
Location Jones Beach State Park
Type Amphitheatre
Opened 1952
Renovated 1992
Expanded 1998
Former name(s) Jones Beach Marine Theater(1952-94)
Jones Beach Amphitheater (1994-2000)
Jones Beach Theater (2000-02)
Tommy Hilfiger at Jones Beach Theater (2002-06)
Capacity 15,000

#5 – Maters of War


  • Bob Dylan (vocal & guitar)
  • G. E. Smith (guitar)
  • Kenny Aaronson (bass)
  • Christopher Parker (drums)

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…and here is a lovely…

#7 – Stuck Inside Of Mobile With The Memphis Blues Again


10 thoughts on “Bob Dylan – Jones Beach Theater, Wantagh, New York – 30 June 1988”

  1. just listening to Eileen Aroon its a beautiful performance vocally full of love and care , everything that is lacking on many of the performances around this era.
    Its so frustrating that bob was still capable of great vocals but lacked the commitment to deliver them on a regular basis on songs that were crying out for them.

  2. great recording! the band sound great ! shame that bobs not making the most of whats left of his voice
    what ive heard from other shows of this era is that they all seem to suffer from a lack of subtlety and feeling vocally on certain songs (for example youre a big girl now and My Back Pages) while this may work on things like subterranean Homesick Blues and Highway 61 .I feel my enjoyment of these shows is marred by Dylan simply throwing away whats left of his vocal gifts on many of the songs such a contrast to the 1974-1976 & 1980-81 eras

  3. I was there…..GE was on fire and kept Dylan on his toes. It was amazing then, its a masterpiece now

    1. Hi Ilan,

      I would try googling a bit.. it’s not as easy as it used to be though…
      Maybe someone else has some tips ?


  4. Sound quality, as well as Bob’s voice, is exceptional on this one. I saw him around that time within a one month period in NYC at The Beacon Theatre and then at Radio City Music Hall. The simplicity of the sound of the band with only four members added to the clarity of each of the instruments.

    The acoustic sets with only Bob, sometimes joined by G.E., were exquisite, which is probably a word most would not attribute to Bob.

    The only issue was that at the Beacon Show Bob’s voice was terrible. He sounded like a goose. What was truly amazing was at the next show at Radio City, his voice was as angelic as it is here on the YABGN track.

    Thanks for posting Egil.

  5. Thanks for reminding me of this one. When listening to 1988, I usually listen to Berkeley because I was there, but this is pretty terrific.

    1. Hi psteve & thanks for feedback,

      “1988-06-10 The Greek Theater Berkeley, CA” is a great listen… Lucky you to have attended the concert.
      I believe “Interstate 1” contains a couple of really good gigs….


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