October 5: Listen – Bob Dylan Locarno Switzerland 1987

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Then, in October 1987, playing Locarno. Switzerland, “and Tom Petty’s band and the female singers he now says he used to hide behind, Dylan had his breakthrough. It was an outdoor show – he remembers the fog and the wind – and as he stepped to the mike, a line came into his head. “It’s almost like I heard it as a voice. It wasn’t like it was even me thinking it. I’m determined to stand, whether God will deliver me or not. And all of a sudden everything just exploded. It exploded every which way. And I noticed that all the people out there – I was used to them looking at the girl singers, they were good-looking girls, you know? And like I say, I had them up there so I wouldn’t feel so bad. But when that happened, nobody was looking at the girls anymore. They were looking at the main mike. After that is when I sort of knew: I’ve got to go out and play these songs. That’s just what I must do … He’s been at it ever since.
~From “Dylan Lives” Newsweek 1997 cover story (David Gates)

Piazza Grande
Locarno, Switzerland
5 October 1987

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

  1. Rainy Day Women # 12 & 35
  2. Like A Rolling Stone
  3. Maggie’s Farm
  4. I’ll Be Your Baby Tonight
  5. Dead Man, Dead Man
  6. The Ballad Of Frankie Lee And Judas Priest
  7. Seeing The Real You At Last
  8. Watching The River Flow
  9. Simple Twist Of Fate
  10. Tomorrow Is A Long Time
    To be considered a fairly representative example of the autumn 1987 Dylan/Heartbreakers shows, Locarno would have to have included a show-stopping performance of Dylan singing ”Tomorrow Is a Long Time” without the band, backed only by Tench on piano and Campbell on guitar – and it did, a particularly fine example of the species.
    ~Paul Williams (Bob Dylan: Performing Artist Volume 3: Mind Out Of Time 1986 And Beyond)
  11. Ballad Of A Thin Man
  12. Shot Of Love

  13. Trust Yourself
  14. Blowin’ In The Wind