October 31: Watch Bob Dylan’s concert in Chicago, Illinois 1999

1999 was a great year for Bob Dylan’s “Never Ending Tour”.

For all the splendours of earlier in the year [1999], this last leg was the most consistently triumphant. By the time Dylan brought the year’s touring to an end, with an extended set on November the 20th, he had played 121 shows – the most in a single year of his entire career. It had been a very good year, the best since 1995.
~Andrew Muir (One More Night: Bob Dylan’s Never Ending Tour)

A lot of concerts from this tour are in circulation (both video & audio) and this concert is (again) a great example from that last leg.

University Of Illinois Conference Center Pavilion
Chicago, Illinois
31 October 1999

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October 31: Bob Dylan – 5 beautiful versions of “Restless Farewell” and some cover versions

Oh, ev’ry girl that ever I’ve touched
I did not do it harmfully
And ev’ry girl that ever I’ve hurt
I did not do it knowin’ly
But to remain as friends
You need the time to make amends

Restless Farewell” was recorded on October 31, 1963 in Columbia Recording Studios, New York City and released on his third studio album The Times They Are a-Changin’ in 1964. It is based on the Scottish folk song “The Parting Glass“.

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October 30: Bob Dylan performing a great “It’s Alright, Ma (I’m Only Bleeding)”, Milwaukee Wisconsin 1999

Darkness at the break of noon
Shadows even the silver spoon
The handmade blade, the child’s balloon
Eclipses both the sun and moon
To understand you know too soon
There is no sense in trying

Milwaukee Arena
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
30 October 1999

  • Bob Dylan (vocal & guitar)
  • Charlie Sexton (guitar)
  • Larry Campbell (guitar, mandolin, pedal steel guitar & electric slide guitar)
  • Tony Garnier (bass)
  • David Kemper (drums & percussion)

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October 29: Watch Bob Dylan performing a beautiful “Every Grain of Sand” in Toronto 1998

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
There’s a dyin’ voice within me reaching out somewhere
Toiling in the danger and in the morals of despair

Maple Leaf Gardens
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
29 October 1998

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October 28: Charlie Daniels covers Bob Dylan

Photo by Michael Ochs

Charles Edward Daniels (October 28, 1936 – July 6, 2020) was an American singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist known for his contributions to Southern rock, country, and bluegrass music.

While he worked as a Nashville session musician, often for Bob Johnston, he played guitar and electric bass on four Bob Dylan albums:

  • Nashville Skyline (1969)
  • Self Portrait (1970)
  • New Morning (1970)
  • Dylan (1973)

He was completely different than what I had read about him. He was funny, down-to-earth and a very nice guy.
–> Charlie Daniels (about Bob Dylan, rollingstone.com)

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October 28: Bob Dylan covers two Warren Zevon songs – Kansas City 2002

Yo ho ho and a bottle of rum
Hoist the mainsail, here I come
Ain’t no room on board for the insincere
You’re my witness, I’m your mutineer

Uptown Theatre
Kansas City, Missouri
28 October 2002

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