Bob Dylan: 5 Brilliant live performances from the year 1996

The Never Ending Tour 1996

Start date April 13, 1996
End date November 23, 1996
Legs 4
No. of shows 56 in North America
28 in Europe
84 in Total

It is not a year remembered with great fondness by most long-term fans. In contrast to the innovation and stellar performing levels of most of 1995, it was all too predictable; same band, same set structure, and not many song debuts. Overall the shows were solid enough, but, as in late ’93 and periods of ’94, just not particularly special. More alarmingly, some of the overlong, uninspired, unproductive guitar instrumentals were reappearing too.
-Andrew Muir, One More Night: Bob Dylan’s Never Ending Tour

Tempodrom
Berlin, Germany
17 June 1996

  • Bob Dylan (vocal & guitar)
  • Bucky Baxter (pedal steel guitar & electric slide guitar)
  • John Jackson (guitar)
  • Tony Garnier (bass)
  • Winston Watson (drums & percussion)

Shake Sugaree (Elizabeth Cotten)

I got a secret, and I ain’t gonna tell
I’m going to Heaven in a split pea shell



Halle Münsterland
Münster, Germany
1 July 1996

Mama, You Been On My Mind

Maybe it’s the color of the sun cut flat
An’ coverin’ the crossroads I’m standing at
Or maybe it’s the weather or something like that
But mama, you are just on my mind.


Den Grå Hal
Fristaden Christiania
Copenhagen, Denmark
23 July 1996

If You See Her, Say Hello

If you see her, say hello
She might be in Tangier
She left here last early spring
Is livin’ there, I hear
Say for me that I’m all right
Though things get kind of slow
She might think that I’ve forgotten her
Don’t tell her it isn’t so


Den Grå Hal
Fristaden Christiania
Copenhagen, Denmark
24 July 1996

Lenny Bruce

Lenny Bruce is dead but his ghost lived on and on
Never did get any Golden Globe award, never made it to Synanon
He was an outlaw, that’s for sure
More of an outlaw than you ever were
Lenny Bruce is gone but his spirit’s living on and on.


House Of Blues
Atlanta, Georgia
3 August 1996

My Back Pages

Crimson flames tied through my ears, rollin’ high and mighty traps
Pounced with fire on flaming roads using ideas as my maps
“We’ll meet on edges, soon, ” said I, proud ‘neath heated brow
Ah, but I was so much older then, I’m younger than that now


Recommended concerts from 1996

  • June 17, 1996 – Tempodrom, Berlin, Germany
  • June 29, 1996 – Hyde Park, London, England
  • July 1, 1996 – Münster, Germany
  • July 23, 1996 – Fristaden Christiania, Copenhagen, Denmark
  • July 24, 1996 – Fristaden Christiania, Copenhagen, Denmark
  • August 3, 1996 – House Of Blues, Atlanta, GA
  • August 4, 1996 – House Of Blues, Atlanta, GA

-Egil

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