Bob Dylan: 5 Brilliant live performances from the year 1997

A lot of people don’t like the road, but it’s as natural to me as breathing. I do it because I’m driven to do it, and I either hate it or love it. I’m mortified to be on the stage, but then again, it’s the only place where I’m happy. It’s the only place you can be who you want to be.
~Bob Dylan (John Pareles Interview, Sept. 1997)

I do a certain amount of concerts every year. But it’s not a constant never-ending tour. A part of me doesn’t wanna do it at all. Just want to quit right away. Playing is a job. My trade. Like you’re journalists. You are heading for the next news item, I’m heading for the next town.
~Bob Dylan (London press conference, 4 Oct 1997)

Never Ending Tour 1997

Start date February 9, 1997
End date December 20, 1997
Legs 6
No. of shows 11 in Asia
78 in North America
4 in Europe

93 in Total

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March 3: Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds released The Boatman’s Call in 1997

..It speak volumes about the album’s universality that its songs have soundtracked everything from Michael Hutchence’s funeral to Shrek 2.
~Stuart Berman (pitchfork.com)

The Boatman’s Call is one of his finest albums and arguably the masterpiece he has been promising throughout his career.
~Stephen Thomas Erlewine (allmusic.com)

Into My Arms – live

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Classic Bootleg: Van Morrison “Spring In My Heart – Live At Montreux 1997” (Audio)

Another great Van Morrison concert bootleg (sound & performance).

Montreux, Switzerland
19th July, 1997
The Gala Night

Musicians

  • Van Morrison: vocals, guitar, harmonica
  • Georgie Fame: vocals, organ
  • Ronnie Johnson: guitar
  • Geoff Dunn: drums
  • Nicky Scott: bass
  • Robin Aspland: piano
  • Pee Wee Ellis: soprano saxophone
  • Leo Green: saxophone
  • Matt Holland: trumpet
  • Brian Kennedy: vocals

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