July 1: Bob Dylan – Nuremberg, West Germany – 1978

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In his first tour of Europe in 12 years, Bob Dylan played Nürnberg on July 1. Organized by the new “Rock im Park” festival which was established in 1976 with Santana and Chicago, 1978 featured both Eric Clapton and Dylan in front of 80,000 spectators.
The show is imbued with additional meaning since the Zeppelinfeld was constructed in the ’30s and was the site for the Nazi Party rallies between 1933 and 1938 and can be seen in the film Triumph Of The Will. That a Jewish artist such as Bob Dylan preformed there 40 years later provides a special irony for the setting.

Nuremberg, West Germany
1 July 1978

  • Bob Dylan (vocal & guitar)
  • Billy Cross (lead guitar)
  • Alan Pasqua (keyboards)
  • Steven Soles (rhythm guitar, backup vocals), David Mansfield (violin & mandolin)
  • Steve Douglas (horns)
  • Jerry Scheff (bass)
  • Bobbye Hall (percussion)
  • Ian Wallace (drums)
  • Helena Springs, Jo Ann Harris, Carolyn Dennis (background vocals)
  • Eric Clapton (guitar) on I’ll Be Your Baby Tonight & The Times They Are A-Changin’

  1. She’s Love Crazy
  2. Baby Stop Crying
    Thank you! All right, this is a new song, played for you now right at the start.
  3. Mr. Tambourine Man
  4. Shelter From The Storm
    Thank you! This next song is the story of my life.
  5. It’s All Over Now, Baby Blue
  6. Tangled Up In Blue
  7. Ballad Of A Thin Man
  8. Maggie’s Farm
  9. I Don’t Believe You (She Acts Like We Never Have Met)
  10. Like A Rolling Stone
  11. I Shall Be Released
  12. Going, Going, Gone
  13. A Change Is Gonna Come (Sam Cooke)
  14. Love Minus Zero/No Limit

    Steven Soles: Laissez-faire (David Ackles)
  15. A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall
  16. One Of Us Must Know (Sooner Or Later)
  17. You’re A Big Girl Now
  18. One More Cup Of Coffee (Valley Below)
  19. Blowin’ In The Wind
  20. I Want You
  21. Señor (Tales Of Yankee Power)
    This is another new song, Tales Of Yankee Power.
  22. Masters Of War
    Thank you. That was a new song. This is an old one. Not really new. It gives me great pleasure to sing it in this place!
  23. Just Like A Woman
  24. Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right
    OK, We wanna do this tune. A lot of people say this is reggae, but it still seems to work pretty well this way. It’s an old song still says the same thing. Actually it’s more Southern Mountain Reggae.
  25. All Along The Watchtower
    This is called All Along The Watchtower. We wanna dedicate this to the late great Jimi Hendrix.

    Thank you! David Mansfield on the violin. I taught him every single note.
  26. All I Really Want To Do
  27. It’s Alright, Ma (I’m Only Bleeding)
    Thank you! All right, I wanna introduce you to my band. You know how good they are so give them the appreciation they deserve. Tonight, on the drums, from England, Ian Wallace. On the bass guitar, from San Francisco, Jerry Scheff. All right, on the organ, from Philadelphia, Alan Pasqua. From Mobile, Alabama, on lead guitar, Billy Cross. On the conga drums from Detroit, Bobbye Hall. All right, rhythm guitar, you met this young man earlier. He’s got a great future ahead of him, Mr. Steve Soles from Tombstone, Arizona. On the fiddle, the violin, violin and the mandolin, David Mansfield. On the saxophone, a young man who gave up a career as an airline pilot to join this band, Steve Douglas. Background singers tonight, on the left, my fiancée Carolyn Dennis. On the right, my childhood sweetheart, Jo Ann Harris. And, in the middle, my current girlfriend, Helena Springs. I wrote and recorded this in New York City 1963, called It’s Alright Ma, I’m Only Bleeding.
  28. Forever Young
    Thank you! I wish we could stay and play all night, I really I do. But just can’t. This is a tune I recorded on an album with The Band called Planet Waves. I’m gonna leave you with this tune. It means a lot to me and I know it means a lot to you.

  29. I’ll Be Your Baby Tonight
    Thank you. Eric Clapton is back. He’s gonna stay here and sing all night with me.

    Thank you. Eric Clapton on lead guitar!
  30. The Times They Are A-Changin’

6 thoughts on “July 1: Bob Dylan – Nuremberg, West Germany – 1978”

  1. Great concert & many thanks for publishing!
    Btw: The location in Nuremberg (Nürnberg) is called Zeppelinfeld.

  2. Amazing performance and excellent recording. If only Live at Budokan had been replaced by this set (not least because it includes the great torch version of Tangled Up In Blue as well as I Want You).

    Thanks for all your work to bring us a regular supply of Good Stuff. Donation is on its way.

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