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



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Bob Dylan: Martha Quinn interview for MTV London 1984 (video)

bob dylan london 1984 interview

..Dylan, who is interviewed backstage at Wembley by Martha Quinn for MTV. The interview lasts over half an hour. Dylan is extremely talkative, discussing such matters as his early days at the Cafe Wha, the recording of Infidels, and his attitude toward videos. MTV broadcasts very little of the interview. At the end of the interview, Dylan tells Quinn that she asked some really good questions.
~Clinton Heylin (Bob Dylan: A Life in Stolen Moments Day by Day 1941-1995)

Martha Quinn: Will this tour help you reach a new generation?
Bob Dylan: I don’t reach anybody. They find me. They find me. It’s not for me to go out and reach somebody. If they can find me, they find me, and if they don’t, they don’t. That’s the way it’s always been. I don’t think it’s gonna change now just because I’m such an old man and it’s nineteen-eighty… what is it?

7 July 1984
Martha Quinn interview for MTV,
Wembley Stadium backstage, London, England

Part 1 – pre interview…

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Watch Van Morrison´s Great Concert in Cannes 1984

A wonderful concert voted as a top ten Van Bootleg by Van traders.

Palais des Festivals, Cannes, France
January 26, 1984

Musicians:

  • Van Morrison – vocals, keyboards, guitar, harmonica
  • Richie Buckley – saxophone, flute, vocals (Summertime In England)
  • Kenny Craddock – keyboards
  • Martin Drover – trumpet
  • Arty McGlynn – guitar
  • Jerome Rimson – bass
  • Terry Popple – drums
  • Doreen Chanter – backing vocals
  • Joy Yates – backing vocals

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