Bob Dylan: 5 Brilliant live performances from the year 1990

People can learn everything about me through my songs, if they know where to look. They can juxtapose them with certain other songs and draw a clear picture. But why would anyone want to know about me? It’s ridiculous.
-Bob Dylan (to Edna Gundersen on August 31, 1990 in Lincoln, Nebraska)

Facts from Wikipedia:

Start date January 12, 1990
End date November 18, 1990
Legs 5
No. of shows 72 in North America
2 in South America
19 in Europe
93 in Total

LEG 1: The Never Ending Tour 1990 started off with a tour called the Fastbreak tour where Dylan performed in the United States, Brazil, France and England in less than thirty days. This tour started off with a one-off performance at Toad’s Place in New Haven Connecticut. Dylan performed four sets that evening and performed a total of fifty songs; this was also the longest of Dylan’s concerts to date. During the tour Dylan also performed four concerts in Paris, France and six sold out concerts at the Hammersmith Apollo in London, England.

LEG 2: On May 29, Dylan started a sixteen date tour of Canada and the United States, ten of the concerts took place in Canada.

LEG 3: After finishing his short North American tour Dylan embarked on an even shorter European tour. This tour only comprised nine concerts, several of which were major concert appearances, including the Roskilde Festival in Denmark, Rock Werchter in Belgium and the Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland.

LEG 4: Dylan returned to North America to perform a twenty-three date late summer tour of the United States and Canada including several appearances at state fairs. The tour started on August 12 in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada and came to an end a month later on September 12 in Mesa, Arizona. Dylan performed in a total of twenty cities in fourteen states and providences.

LEG 5: Dylan started his final tour of the year on October 11 in Brookville, New York. This tour consisted of thirty concerts in the United States.

Le Grand Rex
Paris, France
30 January 1990

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

Where Teardrops Fall

Far away where the soft winds blow
Far away from it all
There is a place you go
Where teardrops fall



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August 27: Bob Dylan: Merrillville, Indiana – 1990 (full concert audio)

Then, after the semi-acoustic set, Dylan dedicates a heartfelt version of “Moon River” to Stevie Ray Vaughan, following it with a rather magnificent cover of a Robert Hunter
song, “Friend of the Devil.”
~Clinton Heylin (Bob Dylan: A Life in Stolen Moments Day by Day 1941-1995)

Notes:

  • Only known version of Moon River
  • First Friend Of The Devil
  • Moon River was dedicated to Stevie Ray Vaughan who died in a helicopter crash the night before after having played at an Eric Clapton concert in Alpine Valley.

Star Theatre
Merrillville, Indiana
27 August 1990

  • Bob Dylan (vocal & guitar)
  • G. E. Smith (guitar)
  • Steve Bruton (guitar)
  • Tony Garnier (bass)
  • Christopher Parker (drums)

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August 21: Bob Dylan Portland, Oregon 1990 (audio)

..they were terrific, spectacularly good… superb!
… Most of all, I think, the wondrous music this team is creating at this show is a reflection of the mind-state of the singer/rhythm guitarist/bandleader/harmonica player – Bob Dylan, the author of this magnificent work of accidental art, this recording which stops time and leaves me as a listener breathless and thrilled, over and over again.
-Paul Williams (Bob Dylan: Performance Artist 1986-1990 And Beyond)

Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall
Portland, Oregon
21 August 1990

  • Bob Dylan (vocal & guitar)
  • G. E. Smith (guitar)
  • Tony Garnier (bass)
  • Christopher Parker (drums)
  • Steve Bruton (guitar)

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Van Morrison: 4 Great Live Versions of His Brilliant “Orangefield”

On a gold autumn day
You came my way in Orangefield
Saw you standing by the riverside in Orangefield
How I love you then in Orangefield
Like I love you now in Orangefield

This great song from the album Avalon Sunset (1989) was first performed live May 18, 1989 (Swansea, Wales), and last time VM played it in concert was August 24, 2014 (Orangefield High School,
Belfast). It has been performed 92 times live, mostly in 1989 & 1990.

Here are 4 great versions…

Stadtpark Freilichtbühne, Hamburg, Germany
June 4, 1989

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Classic Bootleg: Van Morrison Live in Montreux 1990 (Audio)

Essential, awesome, flawless. Quite possibly the best boot there is.
-Russell Parkinson

This is rated by Van Traders as one of the top Van bootlegs of all time. On some lists as high as number two. If you don’t have this it is essential Van the Man. The sound quality is very good soundboard/FM. There is an amazing version of “Sweet Thing” that seams nicely into “Astral Weeks” before returning back to “Sweet Thing” that makes this a special one. And “Northern Muse” changes to “Auld Lang Sine”, “No Prima Donna” and finishes with “When Heart is Open”. This is really some good stuff. The “Summertime in England” is awesome. At 13 minutes and Van adds “A Town Called Paradise”, “Take Me Back” and “Boogie Woogie Country Girl” into it. This truly is an amazing bootleg!
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Casino de Montreux
Montreux, Switzerland
July 11, 1990

Featuring special guest Georgie Fame

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Van Morrison & Mose Allison at St. George’s Hall Bristol, England (1990) – Video

Rock Steady with Dave Fanning and Nicky Horne. Music and interview with Van Morrison and Mose Allison.

Band

  • Alec Dankworth (bass)
  • Bernie Holland (guitar)
  • Alan Skidmore (sax)
  • Mark Taylor (drums)

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