Bob Dylan: 5 Brilliant live performances from the year 1980

PV: You’re not preaching to us?
Dylan: No, no I’m not… I’m not… I’m not (pause) I could do a little bit of this and a little bit of
that but right now I’m just content to play these shows. I don’t have, uh… this is a stage
show we’re doing, it’s not, uh, a salvation ceremony.

-Paul Vincent Interview, San Francisco – November 18, 1980

1980 Concerts

  • Second Gospel Tour
    • From January 11 – Portland, Oregon –> February 9 – Charleston, West Virginia
    • 24 Concerts
    • Only religious songs
  • 22nd Annual Grammy Award Ceremony
    • February 27 – Los Angeles, California
    • Gotta Server Somebody
  • Third Gospel Tour
    • From April 17 – Toronto, Canada –> May 21 – Dayton, Ohio
    • 29 concerts
    • Only religious songs
  • Musical Retrospective Tour
    • November 9 – San Francisco, California –> December 4 – Portland, Oregon
    • 19 concerts
    • Gradually more and more of his “old” songs began to infiltrate the setlists, the last show had about 50% non-religious songs
  • A total of 72 concerts

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Bob Dylan: 5 Brilliant live performances from the year 1978


[about touring only for the money] They always say that. There are more important things in the world than money. It means that to the people who write these articles, the most important thing in the world is money. They could be saying I’m doing the tour to meet girls or to see the world. Actually, it’s all I know how to do. Ask Muhammad Ali why he fights one more fight. Go ask Marlon Brando why he makes one more movie. Ask Mick Jagger why he goes on the road. See what kind of answers you come up with. Is it so surprising I’m on the road? What else would I be doing in this life – meditating on the mountain? Whatever someone finds fulfilling, whatever his or her purpose is -that’s all it is.
-Bob Dylan (Jonathan Cott Interview, Portland – Sept 17, 1978)

Facts from Wikipedia:

A year-long world tour, performing 114 shows in Asia, Oceania, North America and Europe, to a total audience of two million people. For the tour, Dylan assembled an eight piece band, and was also accompanied by three backing singers.

Location North America, Europe,
Oceania, Asia
Start date February 20, 1978
End date December 18, 1978
Legs 5
No. of shows 114

Universal Amphitheater
Los Angeles, California
7 June 1978

  • Bob Dylan (vocal & guitar)
  • Billy Cross (lead guitar)
  • Alan Pasqua (keyboards)
  • Steven Soles (rhythm guitar, backup vocals)
  • David Mansfield (violin & mandolin)
  • Steve Douglas (horns)
  • Jerry Scheff (bass)
  • Bobbye Hall (percussion)
  • Ian Wallace (drums)
  • Helena Springs, Jo Ann Harris, Carolyn Dennis (background vocals)

One Of Us Must Know (Sooner Or Later)

I didn’t mean
To treat you so bad
You shouldn’t take it so personal
I didn’t mean
To make you so sad
You just happened to be there, that’s all



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