Bob Dylan: 5 Brilliant live performances from the year 1988

I’ve always loved to travel and play my songs, meet new people and see different places. I love to roll into town in the early morning and walk the deserted streets before anybody gets up. Love to see the sun come up over the highway.
Then, of course, there’s playing on the stage in front of live people, feeling hearts and minds moving. Everybody don’t get to do that. Touring to me has never been any kind of hardship.
It’s a privilege.
~Bob Dylan (to Edna Gundersen, July 1988)

Facts from Wikipedia:

Start date June 7, 1988
End date October 19, 1988
Legs 3
No. of shows 71

Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre
Denver, Colorado
15 June 1988

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

Mama, You Been On My Mind

Maybe it’s the color of the sun cut flat
An’ coverin’ the crossroads I’m standing at
Or maybe it’s the weather or something like that
But mama, you are just on my mind.



Garden State Performing Arts Center
Holmdel, New Jersey
24 June 1988

You’re A Big Girl Now

Our conversation was short and sweet
It nearly swept me off my feet
And I’m back in the rain, oh
And you are on dry land


Jones Beach Theater
Jones Beach State Park
Wantagh, New York
30 June 1988

Stuck Inside Of Mobile With The Memphis Blues Again

Oh, the ragman draws circles
Up and down the block
I’d ask him what the matter was
But I know that he don’t talk


Jones Beach Theater
Jones Beach State Park
Wantagh, New York
1 July 1988

Barbara Allen (trad.)

In Scarlet town where I was born
There was a fair maid dwelling
And every youth cried well away
For her name was Barbara Allen


Old Orchard Beach Ballpark
Old Orchard Beach, Maine
3 July 1988

Trail Of The Buffalo (trad. arr. Woody Guthrie)

Well I found myself in Griffin, in the year of ’73
When a world-famous drover come a-steppin’ up to me


Well, we want to play ‘cause we want to play… Why tour? It’s just that you get accustomed to it over the years. The people themselves will tell you when to stop touring.”
-Bob Dylan (Kathryn Baker Interview, August 5, 1988)

Recommended concerts from 1988

  • June 7 – Concord, CA
  • June 10 – Berkeley, CA
  • June 15 – Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre, Denver, CO
  • June 24 – Holmdel, New Jersey
  • June 30 – Wantagh, NY
  • July 1 – Wantagh, NY
  • July 3 – Portland, ME
  • September 15 – Chapel Hill, North Carolina

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