Bob Dylan: 5 Brilliant live performances from the year 1980

PV: You’re not preaching to us?
Dylan: No, no I’m not… I’m not… I’m not (pause) I could do a little bit of this and a little bit of
that but right now I’m just content to play these shows. I don’t have, uh… this is a stage
show we’re doing, it’s not, uh, a salvation ceremony.

-Paul Vincent Interview, San Francisco – November 18, 1980

1980 Concerts

  • Second Gospel Tour
    • From January 11 – Portland, Oregon –> February 9 – Charleston, West Virginia
    • 24 Concerts
    • Only religious songs
  • 22nd Annual Grammy Award Ceremony
    • February 27 – Los Angeles, California
    • Gotta Server Somebody
  • Third Gospel Tour
    • From April 17 – Toronto, Canada –> May 21 – Dayton, Ohio
    • 29 concerts
    • Only religious songs
  • Musical Retrospective Tour
    • November 9 – San Francisco, California –> December 4 – Portland, Oregon
    • 19 concerts
    • Gradually more and more of his “old” songs began to infiltrate the setlists, the last show had about 50% non-religious songs
  • A total of 72 concerts

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