Bob Dylan: 5 Brilliant live performances from the year 1990

People can learn everything about me through my songs, if they know where to look. They can juxtapose them with certain other songs and draw a clear picture. But why would anyone want to know about me? It’s ridiculous.
-Bob Dylan (to Edna Gundersen on August 31, 1990 in Lincoln, Nebraska)

Facts from Wikipedia:

Start date January 12, 1990
End date November 18, 1990
Legs 5
No. of shows 72 in North America
2 in South America
19 in Europe
93 in Total

LEG 1: The Never Ending Tour 1990 started off with a tour called the Fastbreak tour where Dylan performed in the United States, Brazil, France and England in less than thirty days. This tour started off with a one-off performance at Toad’s Place in New Haven Connecticut. Dylan performed four sets that evening and performed a total of fifty songs; this was also the longest of Dylan’s concerts to date. During the tour Dylan also performed four concerts in Paris, France and six sold out concerts at the Hammersmith Apollo in London, England.

LEG 2: On May 29, Dylan started a sixteen date tour of Canada and the United States, ten of the concerts took place in Canada.

LEG 3: After finishing his short North American tour Dylan embarked on an even shorter European tour. This tour only comprised nine concerts, several of which were major concert appearances, including the Roskilde Festival in Denmark, Rock Werchter in Belgium and the Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland.

LEG 4: Dylan returned to North America to perform a twenty-three date late summer tour of the United States and Canada including several appearances at state fairs. The tour started on August 12 in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada and came to an end a month later on September 12 in Mesa, Arizona. Dylan performed in a total of twenty cities in fourteen states and providences.

LEG 5: Dylan started his final tour of the year on October 11 in Brookville, New York. This tour consisted of thirty concerts in the United States.

Le Grand Rex
Paris, France
30 January 1990

  • Bob Dylan (vocal & guitar)
  • G. E. Smith (guitar)
  • Tony Garnier (bass)
  • Christopher Parker (drums)

Where Teardrops Fall

Far away where the soft winds blow
Far away from it all
There is a place you go
Where teardrops fall



Hammersmith Odeon
London, England
6 February 1990

On the 6th we got one of the week’s highlights: Merle Travis’s “Dark As A Dungeon”, performed in a dark, deep voice that croaked and crackled with emotion and emphasis.
-Muir, Andrew (One More Night: Bob Dylan’s Never Ending Tour)

Dark As A Dungeon (Merle Travis)

Gather round fellows, so young and so fine,
And seek not your fortune way down in the mine.


Hammersmith Odeon
London, England
8 February 1990

I Want You

The guilty undertaker sighs
The lonesome organ grinder cries
The silver saxophones say I should refuse you


Eisenhower Hall Theater
West Point, New York
13 October 1990

Trail of the Buffalo

Come round you old time cowboys, and listen to my song
Please do not grow weary, I will not detain you long


The Beacon Theatre
New York City, New York
19 October 1990

Shooting Star

Seen a shooting star tonight
And I thought of you
You were trying to break into another world
A world I never knew


Recommended concerts from 1990

  • January 12, 1990 – Toad’s Place, New Haven, Connecticut
  • January 30, 1990 – Paris, France
  • February 6, 1990 – Hammersmith Odeon, London, England
  • February 8, 1990 – Hammersmith Odeon, London, England
  • July 9, 1990 – Montreux, Switzerland
  • August 21, 1990 – Portland, OR
  • October 13, 1990 – West Point, New York
  • October 19, 1990 – New York, NY – Last GE Smith show

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