Bob Dylan – US Summer Tour 1986 – True Confession Tour part 3 (Videos, Audio, and more)

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Before diving into the music of the “US Summer Tour – 86”, let’s look at some videos leading up to the tour.

Let’s kick off with the Tokyo (backstage Budokan) interview. (It should probably have been included in part 2 of this series, but I didn’t find it till now).

10 March 1986
MTV Interview, Backstage, Budokan Hall, Tokyo

…probably I’d do ANY song that I’d ever written, but to put them in a show is a different thing, because it takes time, and there’s not a lotta time when you play for a few hours.
~Bob Dylan (1986-03-10)

..and same place.. with Tom Petty (talking about touring with Dylan):

Bob Dylan was given the America Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers Founder’s Award.

Chasen’s Restaurant – Los Angeles, California – 31 March 1986
ASCAP Founder’s Award Ceremony, no, no … not a role model… I’m just me.
~Bob Dylan (1986-03-31)

 Shows overview:

North America
June 9, 1986 San Diego United States San Diego Sports Arena
June 11, 1986 Reno Lawlor Events Center
June 12, 1986 Sacramento Cal Expo Amphitheatre
June 13, 1986 Berkeley Hearst Greek Theatre
June 14, 1986
June 16, 1986 Costa Mesa Pacific Amphitheatre
June 17, 1986
June 18, 1986 Phoenix Arizona Veterans Memorial Coliseum
June 20, 1986 Houston Southern Star Amphitheater
June 21, 1986 Austin Frank Erwin Center
June 22, 1986 Dallas Reunion Arena
June 24, 1986 Indianapolis Market Square Arena
June 26, 1986 Minneapolis Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome
June 27, 1986 East Troy Alpine Valley Music Theatre
June 29, 1986 Hoffman Estates Poplar Creek Music Theater
June 30, 1986 Clarkston Pine Knob Music Theatre
July 1, 1986
July 2, 1986 Akron Rubber Bowl
July 4, 1986 Orchard Park Rich Stadium
July 6, 1986 Washington, D.C. Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium
July 7, 1986
July 8, 1986 Mansfield Great Woods Performing Arts Center
July 9, 1986
July 11, 1986 Hartford Hartford Civic Center
July 13, 1986 Saratoga Springs Saratoga Performing Arts Center
July 15, 1986 New York City Madison Square Garden
July 16, 1986
July 17, 1986
July 19, 1986 Philadelphia The Spectrum
July 20, 1986
July 21, 1986 East Rutherford Brendan T. Byrne Sports Arena
July 22, 1986 Mansfield Great Woods Performing Arts Center
July 24, 1986 Bonner Springs Sandstone Amphitheater
July 26, 1986 Morrison Red Rocks Amphitheatre
July 27, 1986
July 29, 1986 Portland Portland Civic Stadium
July 31, 1986 Tacoma Tacoma Sundome
August 1, 1986 Vancouver Canada BC Place
August 3, 1986 Inglewood United States Inglewood Forum
August 5, 1986 Mountain View Shoreline Amphitheatre
August 6, 1986 Paso Robles Paso Robles Mid-State Fairground

Many great concerts on the North-American leg (one show in Canada).

Here are some videos & audio from the tour:

  • I’m not a 100% certain, but I believe this is from the rehearsals to the “US Summer Tour” (May 1986). Anyway, it’s a wonderful “Lucky Old Sun”!

bob dylan 1986Picture by John Rott (News-Tribune & Herald)


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bob dylan Buffalo 1986

Rich Stadium
Buffalo, New York
4 July 1986

  • Bob Dylan (vocal & guitar)
  • Tom Petty (guitar)
  • Mike Campbell (guitar)
  • Benmont Tench (keyboards)
  • Howie Epstein (bass)
  • Stan Lynch (drums)
  • The Queens Of Rhythm: Carolyn Dennis, Queen Esther Marrow, Madelyn Quebec, Louise Bethune (backing vocals)


  1. So Long, Good Luck And Goodbye (Weldon Rogers)
  2. Positively 4th Street
  3. Clean Cut Kid
  4. Emotionally Yours
  5. Trust Yourself
  6. We Had It All (Donny Fritts-Troy Seals)
  7. Masters Of WarTom Petty & The Heartbreakers:
    Straight Into Darkness (Tom Petty)
    Think About Me (Tom Petty)
    The Waiting (Tom Petty)
    Breakdown (Tom Petty)
  8. To Ramona
  9. One Too Many Mornings
  10. A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall
  11. I Forgot More Than You’ll Ever Know (Cecil A. Null)
  12. Band Of The Hand
  13. When The Night Comes Falling From The Sky
  14. Lonesome Town (Baker Knight)
  15. Ballad Of A Thin ManTom Petty & The Heartbreakers:
    Bye Bye Johnny (Chuck Berry)
    Make It Better (Forget About Me) (Tom Petty)
    Spike (Tom Petty)
    Refugee (Tom Petty & Mike Campbell)
  16. Rainy Day Women # 12 & 35
  17. Seeing The Real You At Last
  18. Across The Borderline (Ry Cooder/John Hiatt/Jim Dickinson)
  19. I And I
  20. Like A Rolling Stone
  21. In The Garden
  22. Blowin’ In The Wind
  23. Uranium Rock (Warren Smith)
  24. Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door

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Saratoga Performing Arts Center
Saratoga Springs, New York
13 July 1986

9. To Ramona

To Ramona by Bob Dylan on Grooveshark

11. I Forgot More Than You’ll Ever Know (Cecil A. Null)

I Forgot More Than You'll Ever Know by Bob Dylan on Grooveshark

12. Union Sundown

Union Sundown by Bob Dylan on Grooveshark

13. When The Night Comes Falling From The Sky

When The Night Comes Falling From The Sky by Bob Dylan on Grooveshark

14. Lonesome Town (Baker Knight)

Lonesome Town by Bob Dylan on Grooveshark

15. Ballad Of A Thin Man

Ballad Of A Thin Man by Bob Dylan on Grooveshark

  • Like A Rolling Stone + long intro – East Rutherford, New Jersey – 21 July 1986

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11 thoughts on “Bob Dylan – US Summer Tour 1986 – True Confession Tour part 3 (Videos, Audio, and more)”

  1. Thanks. The backstage interview is great, Bob laying out how he plans to play on until he can’t anymore, like all the musicians he admires, it’s not a mystery. Also, on the success of Biograph, “It’s great selling records, but it’s nothing really you can plan for, I think it just happened, so, I don’t know…” It’s a good attitude, his thing is to go out and play and write songs, the rest of it, who knows what’ll happen?

  2. Hi, Rick. I was at the Buffalo show. It started in the afternoon with The Grateful Dead. Then Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers and Bob Dylan came out and played together and separately. I believe the show started about 3pm and went till at least 11pm. It was an awesome concert experience. And man it was hot that day.

  3. when I listened for a second time with my eyes closed the penny dropped… he sounds exactly like Steven Spielberg

  4. is the MTV interview for real…his voice and accent don’t sound like him to my ears…

  5. Thank you for sharing these fantastic performences. Didn’t even know he ever played Band of the Hand live!

  6. I saw him on July 1, 1986 in Clarkston, Michigan. A fantastic show.

    The clips from the Buffalo shows are odd. Why is Dylan performing in broad daylight?

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