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Feb 28: Bob Dylan @ Nippon Budokan Hall, Tokyo, Japan – 1978




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Includes a final version of “Repossession Blues” and the first performance of a brand-new Dylan composition, “Is Your Love in Vain,” introduced with a unique harmonica break. The show is recorded for a possible live album. Seven songs eventually appear on At Budokan: “Shelter from the Storm,” “Love Minus Zero,” “Simple Twist of Fate,” “Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right,” “It’s Alright, Ma,” “Forever Young,” and “The Times They Are a Changin’.”
~Clinton Heylin (Bob Dylan: A Life in Stolen Moments Day by Day 1941-1995)

Nippon Budokan Hall
Tokyo, Japan
28 February 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)
  • Rob Stoner (bass)
  • Bobbye Hall (percussion)
  • Ian Wallace (drums)
  • Helena Springs, Jo Ann Harris, Debbie Dye (background vocals)

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Feb 26: Bob Dylan plays Christchurch, New Zealand in 2003 (audio)

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I’m not sure if a live concert can get any better than this one. The
sound quality was excellent, the guitar work of Tony and Larry just
amazing and Bob’s piano work really does add new colour. I feel George is far too busy as a drummer and there were times when both Bob and Tony seemed to be trying to communicate to him how the songs should go. Billy does not have the finesse of Charlie but hopefully he will listen to what is happening and develop. Anni DiFranco referred to Mr Dylan and his killer band, how good would this band be with Garth Hudson on organ?
~Les Memory (boblinks.com)

Westpac Trust Entertainment Centre
Christchurch, New Zealand
26 February 2003

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

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Feb 25: Bob Dylan – Knocking On Heavens Door, Sydney 1986

Photo by Jimmy Steinfeldt
Photo by Jimmy Steinfeldt

Mama, take this badge off of me
I can’t use it anymore
It’s gettin’ dark, too dark for me to see
I feel like I’m knockin’ on heaven’s door

Knock, knock, knockin’ on heaven’s door
Knock, knock, knockin’ on heaven’s door
Knock, knock, knockin’ on heaven’s door
Knock, knock, knockin’ on heaven’s door

Entertainment Centre
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
25 February 1986

  • Bob Dylan (vocal & guitar) with Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers:
  • Tom Petty (guitar)
  • Mike Campbell (guitar)
  • Benmont Tench (keyboards)
  • Howie Epstein (bass)
  • Stan Lynch (drums)
  • Debra Byrd, Queen Esther Marrow, Madelyn Quebec, Elisecia Wright (backing vocals)

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Feb 25: Bob Dylan performing “Love Sick” @ Radio City Music Hall NYC – 1998 (Video)




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I’m walking through streets that are dead
Walking, walking with you in my head
My feet are so tired, my brain is so wired
And the clouds are weeping

Did I hear someone tell a lie?
Did I hear someone’s distant cry?
I spoke like a child; you destroyed me with a smile
While I was sleeping

Radio City Music Hall
New York City, New York
25 February 1998
40th Annual Grammy Awards.

If you could ignore this overly commercial setting, Dylan’s performance itself was splendid, in spite of a rather bizarre distraction. In the middle of Bob’s set, shirtless, self-styled ‘almost-vegetarian-multi-genre mastermind-artist’ Michael Portnoy jumped on stage with the words “SOY BOMB” written in block letters on his body. Dylan and the band just kept playing, though the expression on Dylan’s face spoke volumes. Still, at least Portnoy’s complaint injected some spontaneity into the Grammies . “Soy is protein and life and energy, and bomb is explosive and propulsive,” the stage invader explained to the press. “All art should be soy -bombs.”
~Andrew Muir (One More Night: Bob Dylan’s Never Ending Tour)

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Feb 25: Bob Dylan performing The Lonesome Death Of Hattie Carroll, Los Angeles 1964 (video)





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Bob Dylan: The Lonesome Death Of Hattie Carroll, Los Angeles 1964 (video)

William Zanzinger killed poor Hattie Carroll
With a cane that he twirled around his diamond ring finger
At a Baltimore hotel society gath’rin’
And the cops were called in and his weapon took from him
As they rode him in custody down to the station
And booked William Zanzinger for first-degree murder
But you who philosophize disgrace and criticize all fears
Take the rag away from your face
Now ain’t the time for your tears

NBC Studios
Los Angeles, California
25 February 1964
Steve Allen Show

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