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.



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December 4: Watch Bob Dylan @ Oakland Coliseum 1988

The tape of the benefit performance shows that Dylan’s voice had recovered significantly during his six weeks off; unfortunately, it also suggests again that the two-guitar acoustic set format was not very stimulating for Dylan as a performer in 1988. These are again lackluster, uninspired performances, interesting solely because this was only the third time in his career that Dylan is known to have performed “Pretty Boy Floyd” on stage and because, as he had at the October shows, Dylan added Lo “With God on Our Side” a verse about the Vietnam War that he didn’t write – the Neville Brothers had added it when they recorded the song on an album produced by Daniel Lanois earlier that autumn.
~Paul Williams (Bob Dylan: Performing Artist Volume 3: Mind Out Of Time 1986 And Beyond)

Oakland Coliseum
Oakland, California
4 December 1988
An all acoustic evening of music to benefit The Bridge School.

  • Bob Dylan (vocal, guitar)
  • G.E. Smith (guitar)

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October 13: Bob Dylan – Upper Darby, PA 1988 – Soundcheck & Full concert

After a three-week break, Dylan has scheduled four shows in New York with two warmup shows on the outskirts of Philadelphia to conclude his 1988 touring activities. Before the first Philadelphia show, Dylan has an extended soundcheck during which he runs through three country classics with the band: “Give My Love to Rose,” “I Don’t Hurt Anymore,” and ‘Tm Moving On.” The show itself is Dylan’s first since 1986 to feature over 20 songs, including a seven-song encore, four acoustic, three electric, concluding with an impressive “Every Grain of Sand.” “Bob Dylan’s 115’th Dream” and “With God on Our Side” are included. The notion of a full-band version of “Bob Dylan’s 115th Dream” sounds amazing, but in reality Dylan strips it of all its humor.
–>Clinton Heylin (A life in Stolen Moments)

The Tower Theatre
Upper Darby, Pennsylvania
13 October 1988

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

Soundcheck before concert

1. Give My Love To Rose (Johnny Cash)
2. Give My Love To Rose (Johnny Cash)
3. I Don’t Hurt Anymore (Don Robertson-Jack Rollins)
4. I’m Movin’ On (Hank Snow)
5. What’d I Say (Ray Charles)
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Sep 15: Watch – Van Morrison & The Chieftains at Ulster Hall, Belfast, Northern Ireland 1988

van morrison belfast 1988

The band kick into spirited versions of “Tore down A la Rimbaud”, “In The Garden” and “Rave On, John Donne”, before being joined by the might of the Chieftains for a full set. WONDERFUL is the only word.
– Brian Hinton (Celtic Crossroads)

Van Morrison with The Chieftains
Ulster Hall, Belfast
September 15, 1988

  • Artie McGlynn – Guitar
  • Dave Early – Drums
  • Clive Culbertson – Bass
  • Richie Buckley – Saxophone
  • Derek Bell – Keyboards
  • June Boyce – Backing Vocal
  • The Chieftains – Band

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