September 22: Bob Dylan (with Tom Petty & Willie Nelson) @ Farm Aid 1985 (HQ video)


Dylan joins Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers (who have just concluded their own set) on stage. Together they launch straight into “Clean-Cut Kid” followed by a blues song called “Shake,” seemingly a Dylan lyric set to the rune of Roy Head’s “Treat Her Right.” Then comes the live debuts of two Empire Burlesque songs, “I’ll Remember You” and “Trust Yourself,” both of which have Dylan dueting with Madelyn Quebec, who is clearly struggling to keep up with his idiosyncratic phrasing. A searing version of “That Lucky 0l’ Sun” follows, before Willie Nelson joins them on guitar for a romp through the highly appropriate “Maggie’s Farm.” Although the American TV broadcast, courtesy of the Nashville Network, manages to omit the first and fifth songs and cut the second, the excitement of the performance comes across, reaffirming Dylan’s power in concert after the very public disaster at “Live Aid ” The buzz from the concert is enough for him to suggest a more longterm collaboration with the Heartbreakers.
~Clinton Heylin (Bob Dylan: A Life in Stolen Moments Day by Day 1941-1995)

University Of Illinois
Champaign, Illinois
22 September 1985
Farm Aid Concert

  • Bob Dylan (vocal & guitar)
  • Tom Petty (guitar)
  • Mike Campbell (guitar)
  • Benmont Tench (keyboards)
  • Howie Epstein (bass)
  • Stan Lynch (drums)
  • Debra Byrd, Queen Esther Marrow, Madelyn Quebec, Elisecia Wright (backing vocals)

  1. Clean Cut Kid (not included in video)
  2. Shake (?)
  3. I’ll Remember You
  4. Trust Yourself
  5. That Lucky Old Sun (Haven Gillespie/Beasley Smith)
  6. Maggie’s Farm


-Egil

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