October 19: Bob Dylan Concert @ Radio City Music Hall 1988 (audio)

As with much of the late 80’s, Dylan’s vocals are intense and powerful. The three piece band led by GE Smith is raw and energetic. .. The performance is marvelous. Dylan takes a huge bite out of the Big Apple from Radio City. Coincidentally, Warner Brothers released the incredible ‘Traveling Wilburys Vol.1″ while Dylan was playing in this ‘showplace of the nation’. This might have lent a hand to a little extra sparkle and drive to be found in this tour de force.
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Great concert from part 3 of the Interstate 88 tour.

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Radio City Music Hall
New York City, New York
October 19, 1988

Band:

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

Setlist:

1. Subterranean Homesick Blues
2. I’ll Remember You
3. John Brown
4. Stuck Inside Of Mobile With The Memphis Blues Again
5. Simple Twist Of Fate
6. Bob Dylan’s 115th Dream
7. Highway 61 Revisited

8. Gates Of Eden
9. With God On Our Side
10. One Too Many Mornings
11. Barbara Allen (trad.)

12. Silvio (Bob Dylan & Robert Hunter)
13. In The Garden
14. Like A Rolling Stone

15. Wagoner’s Lad (trad.)
16. The Lonesome Death Of Hattie Carroll
17. Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door
18. All Along The Watchtower
19. Maggie’s Farm

Bold” songs include in audio.

A splendid Simple Twist Of Fate was the next treat, but Dylan’s voice was starting to go in places and the song came to a hesitant, oddly stumbling end.
One of the revelations of the tour had been saved for the October 1988 shows, with the first ever live version of Bob Dylan’s 115th Dream at Upper Darby on 13 October 1988.
I do not think there was any fan who could have envisaged this long, comic monologue being pulled from his back pages; but Dylan clearly enjoyed tackling it. You could hear the relish in his voice, particularly when he sang the words “my way” near the song’s conclusion.
~Andrew Muir (One More Night: Bob Dylan’s Never Ending Tour)

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