Bob Dylan: 5 Great live performances from the year 1986

Sometimes I think about people like T-Bone Walker, John Lee Hooker, Muddy Waters — these people who played into their sixties. If I’m here at eighty, I’ll be doing the same thing. This is all I want to do — it’s all I can do. I mean, you don’t have to be a nineteen – or twenty-year-old to play this stuff That’s the vanity of that youth-culture ideal. To me that’s never been the thing.
-Bob Dylan (Mikal Gilmore interview, Los Angeles – May, 1986)

Facts from Wikipedia:

Start date February 5, 1986
End date August 6, 1986
Legs 3
No. of shows 15 in Oceania
4 in Asia
41 in North America
60 in Total

Entertainment Centre
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
24 February 1986

  • Bob Dylan (vocal & guitar) with Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers:
  • Tom Petty (guitar), Mike Campbell (guitar), Benmont Tench (keyboards), Howie Epstein (bass), Stan Lynch (drums)
  • and The Queens Of Rhythm: Debra Byrd, Queen Esther Marrow, Madelyn Quebec, Elisecia Wright (backing vocals).

Girl From The North Country

If you’re travelin’ in the north country fair
Where the winds hit heavy on the borderline
Remember me to one who lives there
She once was a true love of mine


Entertainment Centre
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
25 February 1986

Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door

Mama take this badge from me
I can’t use it anymore
It’s getting dark too dark to see
Feels like I’m knockin’ on heaven’s door


Gymnasium
Nagoya, Japan
8 March 1986

Just Like Tom Thumb’s Blues

When you’re lost in the rain in Juarez, when it’s Easter time, too
And your gravity fails and negativity don’t pull you through
Don’t put on any airs when you’re down on Rue Morgue Avenue


The Forum
Inglewood
Los Angeles, California
6 June 1986
Amnesty International Benefit Concert

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


Shoreline Amphitheatre
Mountain View, California
5 August 1986

Ballad of A Thin Man

You walk into the room with your pencil in your hand
You see somebody naked and you say, “Who is that man?”


Recommended concerts from XXXX

  • February 24 & 25 – Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
  • March 8 – Nagoya, Japan
  • August 5 – Mountain View, California

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