Bob Dylan: 5 Brilliant live performances from the year 1997

A lot of people don’t like the road, but it’s as natural to me as breathing. I do it because I’m driven to do it, and I either hate it or love it. I’m mortified to be on the stage, but then again, it’s the only place where I’m happy. It’s the only place you can be who you want to be.
~Bob Dylan (John Pareles Interview, Sept. 1997)

I do a certain amount of concerts every year. But it’s not a constant never-ending tour. A part of me doesn’t wanna do it at all. Just want to quit right away. Playing is a job. My trade. Like you’re journalists. You are heading for the next news item, I’m heading for the next town.
~Bob Dylan (London press conference, 4 Oct 1997)

Never Ending Tour 1997

Start date February 9, 1997
End date December 20, 1997
Legs 6
No. of shows 11 in Asia
78 in North America
4 in Europe

93 in Total

Mann Music Center
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
20 August 1997

  • Bob Dylan (vocal & guitar)
  • Bucky Baxter (pedal steel guitar & electric slide guitar)
  • Larry Campbell (guitar)
  • Tony Garnier (bass)
  • David Kemper (drums & percussion)

Shelter From the Storm

‘Twas in another lifetime, one of toil and blood
When blackness was a virtue the road was full of mud
I came in from the wilderness, a creature void of form
Come in, she said
I’ll give ya shelter from the storm



Filene Center
Wolf Trap Farm Park For The Performing Arts
Vienna, Virginia
24 August 1997

Blind Willie McTell

Seen the arrow on the doorpost
Saying, “This land is condemned
All the way from New Orleans
To Jerusalem.”
I traveled through East Texas
Where many martyrs fell
And I know no one can sing the blues
Like Blind Willie McTell


Bournemouth International Centre
Bournemouth, England
1 October 1997

Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right

It ain’t no use to sit and wonder why, babe
It don’t matter, anyhow
And it ain’t no use to sit and wonder why, babe
If you don’t know by now
When your rooster crows at the breaks of dawn
Look out your window and I’ll be gone
You’re the reason I’m traveling on
Don’t think twice, it’s all right


Irving Plaza
New York City, New York
8 December 1997

Can’t Wait

I can’t wait
Wait for you to change your mind
It’s late
I’m tryin’ to walk the line


El Rey Theater
Los Angeles, California
19 December 1997

Man In The Long Black Coat

Crickets are chirpin’ the water is high
There’s a soft cotton dress on the line hangin’ dry
Window wide open African trees
Bent over backwards from a hurricane breeze
Not a word of goodbye not even a note
She gone with the man in the long black coat


Recommended concerts from 1997

  • August 20, 1997 – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • August 24, 1997 – Wolf Trap Farm Park … Vienna, Virginia
  • October 1, 1997 – Bournemouth, England
  • December 8, 1997 – Irving Plaza, New York, NY
  • December 16, 1997 – El Rey Theater, Los Angeles, CA.
  • December 19, 1997 – El Rey, Los Angeles, CA

-Egil

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