I write fast,.. The inspiration doesn’t last. Writing a song, it can drive you crazy. My head is so crammed full of things I tend to lose a lot of what I think are my best songs, and I don’t carry around a tape recorder.
-Bob Dylan (Jim Jerome Interview, Manhattan, New York – 10 October 1975)
In 1975 Dylan played:
March 23 – Kezar Stadium, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco – S.N.A.C.K. Benefit
(With Neil Young)
July 3 – Other End, New York City (only 3 songs)
September 10 – WTTW-TV Studios, Chicago – The World Of John Hammond (TV) (3 songs)
October 24 – Gerde’s Folk City, New York City – Mike Porco’s Birthday Party (1 song)
The real tour – Rolling Thunder Revue (part 1) – startet on October 30 at the War Memorial Auditorium in Plymouth, Massachusetts.
The dramatic finale of the tour took place on December 8 in Madison Square Garden, where, to an audience of 14,000, Dylan performed a benefit concert for imprisoned boxer and Dylan’s latest cause, Rubin Carter. The concert was titled “The Night of The Hurricane,” in reference to Dylan’s song, “Hurricane”, which was released in November 1975. Among those appearing on stage were Muhammad Ali and Coretta Scott King, wife of slain civil rights activist, Martin Luther King Jr..
This concert is one of the best from the tour I’ve heard.. and Yes, it helps that it was broadcasted on the famous rock station: WMMS-FM…
One of the reasons the 1978 Tour is so well-remembered, and often viewed as the peak of Springsteen and the E Street Band in concert, is that several complete shows were broadcast live on radio stations.
When I got into rock ‘n’ roll, I didn’t even think I had any option or alternative. It showed me where my future was, just like some people know they are going to be doctors or lawyers or shortstop for the New York Yankees.
– Bob Dylan (Nov 10, 2003)
Facts from Wikipedia:
Never ending tour 2003
February 6, 2003
November 25, 2003
No. of shows
11 in Oceania
54 in North America
33 in Europe
98 in Total
Uneven year with a great last leg (Europe fall: Oct 9 – Nov 25).
Parking Lot Jillian’s
30 April 2003
Bob Dylan (vocal)
Freddie Koella (guitar)
Larry Campbell (guitar, mandolin, pedal steel guitar & electric slide guitar)
Tony Garnier (bass)
George Recile (drums & percussion)
If Not For You
If not for you
Babe, I couldn’t find the door
Couldn’t even see the floor
I’d be sad and blue
If not for you