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July 26: Listen – Bob Dylan Performing “Visions of Johanna/Madonna” @ Tramps, NYC 1999

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On the 26th of july, 1999, in a club in Manhattan, Bob Dylan delivered one of his greatest performances ever of his well-loved 1966 epic “Visions of Johanna.” As if to acknowledge and signal his awareness of the power and freshness of this latest reinterpretation, the singer-bandleader effectively changed the title of the song halfway through, by starting to sing the chorus as: “And these visions of Madonna are now all that remain/ … have kept me up past the dawn.”
~Paul Williams (Bob Dylan: Performing Artist Volume 3: Mind Out Of Time 1986 And Beyond)

New York City, New York
26 July 1999

  • Bob Dylan (vocal & guitar)
  • Charlie Sexton (guitar)
  • Larry Campbell (guitar, mandolin, pedal steel guitar & electric slide guitar)
  • Tony Garnier (bass)
  • David Kemper (drums & percussion).

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Bob Dylan: 5 Great Live Versions of “A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall”

Oh, where have you been, my blue-eyed son?
Oh, where have you been, my darling young one?
I’ve stumbled on the side of twelve misty mountains
I’ve walked and I’ve crawled on six crooked highways
I’ve stepped in the middle of seven sad forests
I’ve been out in front of a dozen dead oceans
I’ve been ten thousand miles in the mouth of a graveyard
And it’s a hard, and it’s a hard, it’s a hard, and it’s a hard
And it’s a hard rain’s a-gonna fall

‘Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall’… I wrote the words of it on a piece of paper. But there was just no tune that really fit to it, so I just sort of play chords without a tune. If all this comes under the heading of a definition, then I don’t care really to define what I do. Other people seem to have a hard time doing that.
~Bob Dylan (to Max Jones, May 64)


  • 116 acoustic w band – top year 2001 (24 times)
  • 97 acoustic – top year 1986 (32 times)
  • 37 as an instrumental, all in 1978
  • 215 times w/band – top year 2011 (31 times)

First live performance: The Home Of Eve and Mac MacKenzie
New York City, New York – September 1962

Last live performance: Firefly Festival, Dover – June 17, 2017

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Bob Dylan: 5 Great Live Versions of “Desolation Row”

Bob Dylan: As I look back on it now, I am surprised that I came up with so many of them. At the time it seemed like a natural thing to do. Now I can look back and see that I must have
written those songs “in the spirit,” you know? Like “Desolation Row” – I was just thinkin’ about that the other night. There’s no logical way that you can arrive at lyrics like that. I don’t know how it was done.
KL: It just came to you?
BD: It just came out through me.
~Bob Dylan – Kurt Loder interview, Oct 1987

“Desolation Row” also focuses on scene, but in a more purposeful way: the images build up powerfully, propelled by the vocal and instrumental performances. The song makes a statement: this scene is important, it needs·to be paid attention to, there is a reality in this life which may not be cheerful but which, once discovered, shows everything else to be a
pose. Desolation Row” is an anthem; it proclaims and forever defines a certain place, certain state of being… ..And finally I can say about “Desolation Row” only that I am in awe of it.
~Paul Williams (Bob Dylan Performing Artist I: The Early Years 1960-1973)


  • 262 times acoustic w/ band – top year 2000 (42 times)
  • 19 times acoustic – top year – top year 1966 (13 times)
  • 166 times w/band – top year 2011 (32 times)
  • First performance: Forest Hills Tennis Stadium, New York – Aug 28, 1965
  • Last performance: Pepsi Live at Rogers Arena, Vancouver – July 25, 2017

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Bob Dylan: 5 Great Live Versions of “Can´t Wait”

I can’t wait, wait for you to change your mind
It’s late, I’m trying to walk the line
Well, it’s way past midnight and there are people all around
Some on their way up, some on their way down
The air burns and I’m trying to think straight
And I don’t know how much longer I can wait


  • 187 times w/band – top year 1998 (64 times)

First live performance: Humphrey Coliseum, Mississippi State University, Starkville, Mississippi – 24 October 1997

Last live performance: The Capitol Theatre, Port Chester, New York – 4 September 2012

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Bob Dylan: 5 Great Live Versions of “Love Minus Zero/No Limit”

My love she speaks like silence
Without ideals or violence
She doesn’t have to say she’s faithful
Yet she’s true, like ice, like fire
People carry roses
Make promises by the hours
My love she laughs like the flowers
Valentines can’t buy her

One of his sweetest love songs – apart from the brothel, death and Apocalypse references.
“My love she speaks like silence.” Tricky, but then she is quite a woman: true, morally elevated, yet winking and laughing like the flowers. The very scent of her swirls through this honeyed river of song, borne along on gentle tumbles and ripples of guitar. Frankly, we’re all enamoured … Until that bastard bridge at midnight trembles, the wind howls like a hammer, and she’s suddenly a raven at the window. So- what?- she’s death?With a broken wing too? Now we’re confused, now we’re in a bit of a pickle. Romance over? What happened? What does it mean? Sigh.
MOJO Magzine – 100 Greatest Dylan Songs


  • 163 times acoustic w/ band – top year 1994 (24 times)
  • 119 times acoustic – top year – top year 1992 (48 times)
  • 1 time as an instrumental – 1978
  • 90 times w/band – top year 1978 (60 times)
  • First performance: Troy, New York – February  12 , 1965
  • Last played: Broomfield, Colorado – October 30,  2012

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