June 5: Bob Dylan @ Toronto, Ontario, Canada, 1990 (video)

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The first night’s semi-acoustic set features two requests from the eighth row. The first is “Tomorrow Is a Long Time,” shouted out as Dylan is about to start “It’s All Over Now, Baby Blue.” Dylan surprisingly responds, “It sure is. Awfully long,” and proceeds to unearth a lovely, subdued version. Two songs later, the same misfit asks for “John Brown,” and Dylan duly obliges with his most mannered rendition.
~Clinton Heylin (Bob Dylan: A Life in Stolen Moments Day by Day 1941-1995)

O’Keefe Centre For The Performing Arts
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
5 June 1990

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

  1. Subterranean Homesick Blues
  2. I’ll Remember You
  3. Stuck Inside Of Mobile With The Memphis Blues Again
  4. Tears Of Rage (Bob Dylan & Richard Manuel)
  5. Masters Of War
  6. Gotta Serve Somebody
  7. Tomorrow Is A Long Time
  8. Desolation Row
  9. The Lonesome Death Of Hattie Carroll
  10. John Brown
  11. One Too Many Mornings
  12. Everything Is Broken
  13. Simple Twist Of Fate
  14. All Along The Watchtower
  15. I Shall Be Released
  16. Like A Rolling Stone
  17. Barbara Allen (trad.)
  18. The Times They Are A-Changin’
  19. Highway 61 Revisited

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  1. When I was 17, I went to all three shows of this residency (6th and 7th too) and they were all spectacular. Dylan is engaging throughout, taking requests (“Tomorrow is a Long Time!”) and inviting the audience to come closer (before One Too Many Mornings). I’ve been to some 40-odd shows and I think these were probably the best of the lot of them. Looking back on it now and knowing/seeing how taciturn Bob is, I love this rare, rather ebullient performance even more. I actually bought the VHS tape of this show in late ’90 from the bootlegger himself in Toronto, He used to sell his stuff on a fold-up table on Yonge St. He declared this very concert to be the best concert-video he’d ever shot.

    As an aside, the next night (June 6th) I heard “I’ve Been All Around This World” for the first time. Blew my mind. Took me *10 years* to find a recording of that. Totally worth it.

    p.s. I’ve never been able to find a recording of the June 7th show to complete the trilogy. If anyone happens to read this post and has it, I will happily trade you good karma for it!

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