Bob Dylan: 5 Brilliant live performances from the year 2003

Photo – Mason Ruffner

When I got into rock ‘n’ roll, I didn’t even think I had any option or alternative. It showed me where my future was, just like some people know they are going to be doctors or lawyers or shortstop for the New York Yankees.
– Bob Dylan (Nov 10, 2003)

Facts from Wikipedia:

Never ending tour 2003
Start date February 6, 2003
End date November 25, 2003
Legs 4
No. of shows 11 in Oceania
54 in North America
33 in Europe

98 in Total

Uneven year with a great last leg (Europe fall: Oct 9 – Nov 25).

Parking Lot Jillian’s
Louisville, Kentucky
30 April 2003

  • Bob Dylan (vocal)
  • Freddie Koella (guitar)
  • Larry Campbell (guitar, mandolin, pedal steel guitar & electric slide guitar)
  • Tony Garnier (bass)
  • George Recile (drums & percussion)

If Not For You

If not for you
Babe, I couldn’t find the door
Couldn’t even see the floor
I’d be sad and blue
If not for you



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August 8: Bob Dylan: Another Side Of Bob Dylan (album)

another side of Bob Dylan

“I wrote my fourth album [“Another Side of Bob Dylan”] in Greece, but that was still an American album.”
~Bob Dylan (to Robert Shelton June 1978)

“Tom Wilson, the producer, titled it that,” [Another Side of Bob Dylan] “I begged and pleaded with him not to do it. You know, I thought it was overstating the obvious. I knew I was going to have to take a lot of heat for a title like that and it was my feeling that it wasn’t a good idea coming after The Times They Are A- Changin’, it just wasn’t right. It seemed like a negation of the past which in no way was true. I know that Tom didn’t mean it that way, but that’s what I figured that people would take it to mean, but Tom meant well and he had control, so he had it his way. I guess in the long run, he might have been right to do what he did. It doesn’t matter now.”
~Bob Dylan (to Cameron Crowe Sept. 1985)

“His writing and control of atmosphere on songs like ‘To Ramona’ and ‘Spanish Harlem Incident’ come across as early flashes of the creative explosion that he was to go through in 1965–66. A great minor album, and his last solo album until the 1990s.”
~Michael Gray (The Bob Dylan Encyclopedia)

My Back Pages:

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Bob Dylan recorded “With God On Our Side” August 7, 1963 – Here are 7 Great Live Versions

Oh my name it ain’t nothin’
My age it means less
The country I come from
Is called the Midwest
I was taught and brought up there
The laws to abide
And that land that I live in
Has God on its side

Album version recorded:

Studio A
Columbia Recording Studios
New York City, New York
7 August 1963

The 2nd The Times They Are A-Changin’ session, produced by Tom Wilson.

Album version:

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Rodney Crowell Sings Bob Dylan – Happy 70th Birthday Rodney Crowell

… When I was 12 years old, or however old I was when Bringing It All Back Home came out, I’d just skip back and forth endlessly between ‘Subterranean Homesick Blues’ and ‘It’s Alright, Ma’ and ‘Mr. Tambourine Man,’ and now my Dylan roots are showing big time.
— Rodney Crowell

Rodney Crowell (born August 7, 1950) is an American musician, known primarily for his work as a singer and songwriter in country music. Crowell has had five number one singles on Hot Country Songs, all from his 1988 album Diamonds & Dirt. He has also written songs and produced for other artists.

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Bob Dylan: 5 Brilliant live performances from the year 2002

My friend Renée always likes to rush the stage, and find a place in the front row, literally at Bob’s feet … she was making a bee-line for her favourite spot, she stopped dead. What the fuck? There, in the middle of the stage, where Bob ought to be, was an electric keyboard.
-Stephen Scobie

Never ENDING TOUR 2002
Start date January 31, 2002
End date November 22, 2002
Legs 3
No. of shows 78 in North America
29 in Europe

107 in Total

A year of great cover versions dedicated to the dead and dying. All of these covers came in the last leg of 2002 – US Fall Tour (Oct 5 – Nov 22).

Philips Arena
Atlanta, Georgia
9 February 2002

  • Bob Dylan (vocal & guitar
  • Charlie Sexton (guitar)
  • Larry Campbell (guitar, mandolin, pedal steel guitar & electric slide guitar)
  • Tony Garnier (bass)
  • George Recile (drums & percussion).

Lay Lady Lay

Lay lady lay
Lay across my big brass bed
Lay lady lay
Lay across my big brass bed



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Bob Dylan: 5 Brilliant live performances from the year 2001

Bob Dylan live 2001

I don’t even consider this work as part of my life. Not even close. My life doesn’t revolve around my work. Not even a little bit. I mean, I’ve got millions of fans and I know that and I’m more than happy to go out there and play for them… But that’s not my life. My life is private and personal and completely filled up.
-Bob Dylan (Rome Press Conference, July 23, 2001)

Facts from Wikipedia:

Start date February 25, 2001
End date November 24, 2001
Legs 6
No. of shows 13 in Asia
9 in Oceania
62 in North America
22 in Europe

106 in Total

Stirling Castle
Stirling, Scotland
13 July 2001

  • Bob Dylan (vocal & guitar)
  • Charlie Sexton (guitar)
  • Larry Campbell (guitar, mandolin, pedal steel guitar & electric slide guitar)
  • Tony Garnier (bass)
  • David Kemper (drums & percussion)

Things Have Changed

A worried man with a worried mind
No one in front of me and nothing behind
There’s a woman on my lap and she’s drinking champagne



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