Bob Dylan: 5 Brilliant live performances from the year 1981

Well, I’m not done yet! And I’m still doing it and I’m still not knowing why I’m doing it. Come on, I mean there’s other things that I would really, you know, enjoy doing, besides playing and…
-Bob Dylan (Dave Herman Interview, London, England – July 2, 1981)

Facts from Wikipedia:

Location North America, Europe
Associated album Shot of Love
Start date June 10, 1981
End date November 21, 1981
Legs 3
No. of shows 54

Earls Court
London, England
29 June 1981

  • Bob Dylan (vocal & guitar)
  • Fred Tackett (guitar)
  • Steve Ripley (guitar)
  • Willie Smith (keyboards)
  • Tim Drummond (bass)
  • Jim Keltner (drums)
  • Clydie King, Carolyn Dennis, Regina McCrary, Madelyn Quebec (background vocals)

Slow Train

Sometimes I feel so low-down and disgusted
Can’t help but wonder what’s happenin’ to my companions
Are they lost or are they found?



Drammenshallen
Drammen, Norway
July 1981

Mr. Tambourine Man

Hey, Mr. Tambourine Man, play a song for me
I’m not sleepy and there is no place I’m going to
Hey, Mr. Tambourine Man, play a song for me
In the jingle jangle morning I’ll come following you


Palace des Sports
Avignon, France
25 July 1981

Ballad Of A Thin Man

Mind-blowing version

You walk into the room with your pencil in your hand
You see somebody naked and you say, “Who is that man?”
You try so hard but you don’t understand


Saenger Theater
Saenger Performing Arts Center
New Orleans, Louisiana
10 November 1981

I Believe In You

They ask me how I feel
And if my love is real
And how I know I’ll make it through


The Summit
Houston, Texas
12 November 1981

Just Like A Woman

Nobody feels any pain
Tonight as I stand inside the rain


Recommended concerts from 1981

  • June 29, 1981 – London
  • July 1, 1981 – London
  • July 10, 1981 – Drammen
  • July 25, 1981 – Avignon
  • November 10, 1981 – New Orleans
  • November 12, 1981 – Houston

One thought on “Bob Dylan: 5 Brilliant live performances from the year 1981

  1. Love this period. His voice so strong and songs so profound. His “gospel” trilogy every bit as significant as Blonde period. To me! Thanks so much-good stuff

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