Bob Dylan: 5 Brilliant live performances from the year 1984

Bob Dylan in Verona, May 1984. Photo by Heinrich Klaffs

Music crosses every boundary there is. I just wish there was more to (American) music now. To me, it’s at an all time low. All that promise from the ‘60s has been lost. Everyone is chasing after that sterile synthesizer sound – all those drum machines. The (human) heart doesn’t beat like those machines. It’s out of touch. The best music is people expressing themselves – and you don’t always find that on records anymore. The best singers I’ve heard in recent years are on the street on New York and New Orleans. There’s nothing self-conscious about them. But you don’t see them, cause they don’t fit on cable TV.
-Bob Dylan (Robert Hilburn Interview, West Berlin, June 13, 1984)

Facts from Wikipedia:

Start date May 28, 1984
End date July 8, 1984
Legs 1
No. of shows 27 in Europe

NBC Studios
Rockefeller Center
New York City, New York
22 March 1984

  • Bob Dylan (vocal, guitar & harmonica)
  • Justin Poskin (guitar)
  • Tony Marsico (bass)
  • Chalo Quintana (drums)

Jokerman

Standing on the waters casting your bread
While the eyes of the idol with the iron head are glowing


Minestadio del F.C. Barcelona
Barcelona, Spain
28 June 1984

  • Bob Dylan (vocal & guitar)
  • Mick Taylor (guitar)
  • Ian McLagan (keyboards)
  • Greg Sutton (bass)
  • Colin Allen (drums)

Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right

Well it ain’t no use to sit and wonder why, babe
Ifin’ you don’t know by now
An’ it ain’t no use to sit and wonder why, babe
It’ll never do some how



Parc de Sceaux
Paris, France
1 July 1984

Every Grain Of Sand

In the time of my confession, in the hour of my deepest need
When the pool of tears beneath my feet flood every newborn seed


Wembley Stadium
London, England
7 July 1984

I and I

Been so long since a strange woman has slept in my bed
Look how sweet she sleeps, how free must be her dreams


Slane Castle
Slane, Ireland
8 July 1984

License To Kill

Man thinks ’cause he rules the earth he can do with it as he please
And if things don’t change soon, he will
Oh, man has invented his doom,
First step was touching the moon


Recommended concerts from 1984

  • March 22 – New York City, US
  • June 28 – Barcelona, Spain
  • July 1 – Paris, France
  • July 7 – London, England
  • July 8 – Slane, Ireland

One thought on “Bob Dylan: 5 Brilliant live performances from the year 1984

  1. Terrific selections! Bob was at the top of his game then. He has always featured an outstanding band, but his material often seemed to reach a different level when people such as Mick Taylor or Mike Bloomfield were behind him.

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