May 9: Bob Dylan – San José, California 1992

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This is a great sounding audience recording of a loose, fun show. The setlist is amazing.

Perhaps the best of the West-coast shows..[1992]
~Clinton Heylin (A Life In Stolen Moments)

San José Event State Center
San José, California
9 May 1992

  • Bob Dylan (vocal & guitar)
  • Bucky Baxter (pedal steel guitar & electric slide guitar)
  • John Jackson (guitar)
  • Tony Garnier (bass)
  • Ian Wallace (drums)
  • Charlie Quintana (drums & percussion)

  1. Rainy Day Women # 12 & 35
  2. Positively 4th Street
  3. Union Sundown
  4. Just Like A Woman
  5. Drifter’s Escape
  6. Most Of The Time
    Thanks everybody! That’s an old song of mine called Drifter’s Escape, about an unfortunate situation I’m trying to get out of. This is just about the opposite thing …
    ~Bob Dylan @ San Jose Event State Center – 1992-05-09

    …features the last “Most Of The Time”, Dylan’s face beaded with sweat, visibly living each phrase.
    ~Clinton Heylin (A Life In Stolen Moments)
  7. Shelter From The Storm
  8. Love Minus Zero/No Limit
  9. Little Moses (Bert A. Williams/Earle C. Jones)
  10. Boots Of Spanish Leather
  11. It’s All Over Now, Baby Blue
  12. Cat’s In The Well
  13. Idiot Wind
  14. The Times They Are A-Changin’
  15. Highway 61 Revisited
  16. Absolutely Sweet Marie
  17. All Along The Watchtower
  18. Blowin’ In The Wind

bob dylan san jose 1992


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10 thoughts on “May 9: Bob Dylan – San José, California 1992”

  1. The first time I heard “Most of the Time” on Oh Mercy, I felt Dylan had penned one of the finest heartbreak songs ever. It is so perfect in its emotion and simplicity. This live version is tremendous; wish there was a released version as good as this out there. … On another topic, how does a person unearth the words to write, “Someone’s got it in for me; they’re planting stories in the press… ?” Sometimes I listen to Dylan and just smile because I am so fortunate to have lived when he was producing this astonishing stuff. … Hey, I can’t help it if I’m lucky.

  2. I was at this concert where the opening act was Counting Crows. I remember enjoying The Crows more than Dylan this night since I had never heard of them. I also remember them doing Mr. Jones which took me by surprise since it was so obviously a Dylan tribute of sorts, but I’ve never taken the time to pore over the lyrics, so I could be wrong. Excellent venue by the way. I saw the Who, Rolling Stones, Mamas and the Papas, Association and others during my college days in Santa Clara back in the day.

  3. Love the ragged Idiot Wind – wonder why Bob dragged it out again in 92?

  4. I was at this show. The version of Most of the Time stuck with me for weeks. I had a horrible recording of it, and when I found the above boot I was ecstatic. The entire show can be found from the same source. Don’t forget T Bone Burnett joined him for a few songs.

  5. We were there, walking down to the show from our downtown home. After all the “down” times of the previous years I remember being so pleased that his live shows were bringing him back.

  6. I wasn’t aware Dylan ever played “Most of the Time” live in concert. Why he doesn’t do it on a regular basis is a total mystery to me. Its my wife’s favorite Dylan song, a real classic, the highlight of “Oh, Mercy.”

    1. Hi Carl,

      He has played it 36 times live.. 23 in 1989, 2 in 1990 & 11 in 1992… the last one on May 09.

      Great song.


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