Bob Dylan: 5 Brilliant live performances from the year 2000

We’re playing over here with a lot of pride, it’s a big honor to play in this country, Great Britain. When I grew up, they used to tell me about the Battle of Britain, RAF, Winston Churchill, all that stuff. Now, we all know that Britain stood alone and without any allies; and that always meant a lot to me and everybody that I grew up With.
-Bob Dylan (Onstage, Wembley Arena, London, 5th October 2000)

Never Ending Tour 2000

Start date March 10, 2000
End date November 19, 2000
Legs 5
No. of shows 75 in North America
37 in Europe
112 in Total

The year 2000 is regarded by many bobcats to be among the best N.E.T. years.

The year kicked-off with 2 great shows @ Anaheim, California on March 10. The early show featured 2 live debuts; Tell Me That It Isn’t True and Things Have Changed.

Sun Theatre
Anaheim, California
10 March 2000
Early show

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

Tell Me That It Isn’t True

I have heard rumors all over town
They say that you’re planning to put me down
All I would like you to do
Is tell me that it isn’t true

The Gorge Amphitheatre
George, Washington
18 June 2000

House Of The Risin’ Sun (trad.)

There is a house down in New Orleans
They call the rising sun
And it’s been the ruin of many poor girl
And me, oh God, I’m one.

Portsmouth, England
24 September 2000

Visions of Johanna

Ain’t it just like the night to play tricks when you’re tryin’ to be so quiet?
We sit here stranded, though we’re all doin’ our best to deny it
And Louise holds a handful of rain, temptin’ you to defy it
Lights flicker from the opposite loft
In this room the heat pipes just cough
The country music station plays soft
But there’s nothing, really nothing to turn off

Halle Münsterland
Münster, Germany
1 October 2000


Fat man lookin’ in a blade of steel
Thin man lookin’ at his last meal
Hollow man lookin’ in a cottonfield
For dignity

Wembley Arena
London, England
6 October 2000

Blind Willie McTell

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

Recommended concerts from 2000

  • March 10, 2000 – The Sun Theater, Anaheim, CA. Early.
  • March 10, 2000 – The Sun Theater, Anaheim, CA. Late.
  • March 16, 2000 – Civic Auditorium, Santa Cruz, CA
  • March 17, 2000 – Reno Hilton Theater, Reno, NV
  • May 24, 2000 – Freileichtbühne Junge Garde, Dresden, Germany
  • June 18, 2000 – The Gorge Amphitheater, George, WA
  • September 23, 2000 – Cardiff International Centre Arena, Cardiff, Wales
  • September 24, 2000 – Guildhall, Porthsmouth, England
  • September 25, 2000 – Guildhall, Porthsmouth, England
  • October 1, 2000 – Halle Münsterland, Münster, Germany
  • October 5, 2000 – Wembley Arena, London, UK.
  • October 6, 2000 – Wembley Arena, London, UK.


One thought on “Bob Dylan: 5 Brilliant live performances from the year 2000

  1. I’m always amazed that the live versions released by Bob’s people are so often surpassed by much better versions out there in the ether. This Blind Willie McTell also ranks right up there along with Visions and Dignity. Some day, maybe, he will enable a grand journey through the archives for a selection of these masterpieces.

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