June 1: Bob Dylan – Universal Amphitheater, Los Angeles, California 1978 (audio & video)

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Dylan prepares for his first European tour in 12 years with the first of seven dates at the Universal Amphitheatre. Dylan introduces two songs from his forthcoming album, “Baby Stop Crying” replacing “I Threw It all Away,” and “Senor” replacing “Don’t Think Twice, It’s Alright, Ma” Also introduced are the two arrangements that come in for such critical praise on his European visit, the torch ballad version of “Tangled Up in Blue” with just guitar, saxophone, and keyboard; and the hard-rock version of “Masters of War,” the fury of the backing for once matching the venom of the words. “Tangled Up in Blue” replaces a similar arrangement of”Girl from the North Country,” “Masters of War” replaces “Oh Sister.” The set’s finale is condensed down to: “The Man in Me,” “It’s Alright, Ma,” “Forever Young,” and a single encore, “The Times They Are a-Changin’.”
~Clinton Heylin (Bob Dylan: A Life in Stolen Moments Day by Day 1941-1995)

Universal Amphitheater
Los Angeles, California
1 June 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)


  1. A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall
  2. Love Her With A Feeling (Tampa Red)
  3. Baby Stop Crying
  4. Mr. Tambourine Man
  5. Shelter From The Storm
  6. Love Minus Zero/No Limit
  7. Tangled Up In Blue
  8. Ballad Of A Thin Man
  9. Maggie’s Farm
  10. I Don’t Believe You (She Acts Like We Never Have Met)
  11. Like A Rolling Stone
    broadcast by KNXT-TV, Los Angeles, California, 2 June 1978.
  12. I Shall Be Released
  13. Going, Going, Gone
  14. Rainy Day Women # 12 & 35
  15. One Of Us Must Know (Sooner Or Later)
  16. You’re A Big Girl Now
  17. One More Cup Of Coffee (Valley Below)
  18. Blowin’ In The Wind
  19. I Want You

    Thank you. Here’s a new song off the afore mentioned album. Coming up soon on Columbia Records. Street-Legal. Anyway, this is the second song on side two, Tales Of Yankee Power. Tales Of Yankee Power.
  20. Señor (Tales Of Yankee Power)
  21. Masters Of War
  22. Just Like A Woman

    Thank You. Here’s a song that’s always meant a great deal to me. 
  23. To Ramona
  24. The Man In Me

    Thank you on drums tonight from Kingston, Jamaica, Ian Wallace. On the bass guitar, Jerry Scheff. Keyboards, Alan Pasqua. Lead guitar Billy Cross. Play the guitar Billy. He really plays it. On the conga drums, from Detroit, Bobbye Hall. From Los Angeles, on tenor saxophone, Steve Douglas. [audience cheers] His friends are here tonight. From Tombstone, Arizona, rhythm guitar, Steve Soles. On the violin and the mandolin we have a twelve year old genius guru of the group. Actually he’s 20 years old. David Mansfield. He’s the only one in the group that’s available. On the background vocals, on the very left is Carolyn Dennis. In the middle is Helena Springs. All right. My cousin Jo Ann Harris. This is called It’s Alright Ma, I’m Only Bleeding.
  25. It’s Alright, Ma (I’m Only Bleeding)
    Thank you. We’re gonna get on out of here, we’ll be here for six or seven nights I think? So maybe we’ll see you again, until then I will leave you with this message.
  26. Forever Young

  27. The Times They Are A-Changin’

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6 thoughts on “June 1: Bob Dylan – Universal Amphitheater, Los Angeles, California 1978 (audio & video)”

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  2. You’re a Big Girl Now = incredible! Can’t fathom why this wasn’t kept in the setlist. Great listening.

  3. This concert is the first time i ever saw Bob, I was 17 and travelling around on Greyhound buses on a gap trip from the uk, I just happened on the concert by chance and got a return ticket! the evening is etched in my memory but it’s just great to have the chance to hear it again after all those years, thank you so much for posting it

  4. listen june 2, 1978 has the best – by far – of tangled up in blue…..a dog ate my copy of said bootleg….if you can post – big appreciation

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