Bob Dylan – 6 Great Live Versions of “Lenny Bruce”

Lenny Bruce is dead but his ghost lived on and on
Never did get any Golden Globe award, never made it to Synanon
He was an outlaw, that’s for sure
More of an outlaw than you ever were
Lenny Bruce is gone but his spirit’s living on and on.

A great Dylan song recorded May 14, 1981. Released on the album “Shot of Love” August 10, 1981. Dylan has sung the song 117 times on stage, first time June 10, 1981 and last performance was November 02, 2019.

I wrote that song in five minutes! It is true, I rode with him once in a taxi cab. I thought it was a little strange after he died, that people made such a hero out of him. That when he was alive he couldn’t even get a break. And certainly now, comedy is rank, dirty and vulgar and very unfunny and stupid, wishy-washy and the whole thing.
.. But he was doing this same sort of thing many years ago and maybe some people aren’t realizing that there was Lenny Bruce, you know, who did this before and that is what happened to him. So these people can do what they’re doing now. I don’t know, you know.
–> Bob Dylan (Dave Herman Interview – July 1981)

Palace des Sports
Avignon, France
25 July 1981

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Bob Dylan: 5 Brilliant live performances from the year 1996

The Never Ending Tour 1996

Start date April 13, 1996
End date November 23, 1996
Legs 4
No. of shows 56 in North America
28 in Europe
84 in Total

It is not a year remembered with great fondness by most long-term fans. In contrast to the innovation and stellar performing levels of most of 1995, it was all too predictable; same band, same set structure, and not many song debuts. Overall the shows were solid enough, but, as in late ’93 and periods of ’94, just not particularly special. More alarmingly, some of the overlong, uninspired, unproductive guitar instrumentals were reappearing too.
-Andrew Muir, One More Night: Bob Dylan’s Never Ending Tour

Berlin, Germany
17 June 1996

  • Bob Dylan (vocal & guitar)
  • Bucky Baxter (pedal steel guitar & electric slide guitar)
  • John Jackson (guitar)
  • Tony Garnier (bass)
  • Winston Watson (drums & percussion)

Shake Sugaree (Elizabeth Cotten)

I got a secret, and I ain’t gonna tell
I’m going to Heaven in a split pea shell

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