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Voldar: Dylan's back pages - Dylan surprises Etta James and Tom Petty's Heartbreakers, July, 1986 On July 8 and 9, 1986, Bob Dylan, while on his "True Confessions" tour with Tom Petty, the Heartbreakers, and the Queens Of Rhythm, played his first two shows ever at the brand new Great Woods amphitheatre in Mansfield, Massachusetts, which was later called the Tweeter Center before being renamed again as the Comcast Center. The venue opened they previous month, and the first "rock" act was Julian Lennon. It was one of the first outdoor sheds. Dylan was so impressed with the venue that he added a third gig of the 22nd. That date is not listed on the official tour t-shirt. In the early hours of the 10th, Bob Dylan joined Etta James and Shuggie Otis on stage at the Providence Marriott Hotel. You can almost hear Dylan smile as he kept repeating the same suggestive verse of "I'm A King Bee" (The one about "making honey"). Here's the information, courtesy of Olof: Marriott Hotel, Providence, Rhode Island 10 July 1986 1. You Win Again (Hank Williams) 2. I'm A King Bee (James Moore) 3. Let The Good Times Roll (Leonard Lee) 4. Earth Angel (Dootsie Williams/Curtis Williams) 5. Goodnight, Sweetheart, Goodnight (James Pookie Hudson) Bob Dylan (guitar), Etta James (shared vocal), Shuggie Otis (guitar), Jack McDuff (organ), Richard Reid (bass), Paul Humphrey (drums). 1-4 Bob Dylan (solo vocal) I caught the Great Woods concert on the 9th. My next "True Confessions" show was on July 11th, at the Hartford Civic Center. I had only owned a car in Massachusetts for about two years when I got tickets for this show, and didn't quite realize how far it was from Boston. Not that it mattered. I bought four floor seats, but through some misunderstanding, the set up was changed so that two of my friends sat in the row behind us. This show sticks out in my mind as one of my all-time favorites for one specific reason - the encore. Dylan seemed to be in a mischievous mood all evening. Possibly parodying Bruce Springsteen, who toured the globe in1984-5 promoting Born In The U.S.A., he announced early in the show, "All right, thank you. I wanna say hello to all those people up here on the right." When he returned for the encore, he pointed to the same section of the crowd, saying, "All right now, one more time we wanna say hello to those people right up here". He never acknowledged the rest of the arena. Dylan was also dripping with sarcasm during his solo acoustic set, when he said, "OK, all right. I'm not, I'm not playing 'Mr. Tambourine Man', no. Sooo sorry." The show was pretty similar to Mansfield, with Dylan substituting "Emotionally Yours" for "I'll Remember You". Nothing too earth-shattering. The main set ended the same predictable way - "Like A Rolling Stone", the lights went down, Dylan and the Heartbreakers sat on stage in the darkness, smoking cigarettes. Then it was time for the real last song of the set, "In The Garden". After a short break, Dylan and the Heartbreakers returned for an encore, performing "Blowin' In The Wind". Then he did something unexpected. Instead of the expected oldie, "Shake A Hand", Dylan started singing and playing "Lay, Lady, Lay". It was the only time he played it the entire tour. This would seem to also include rehearsals. There was visible tension on stage. Heartbreaker guitarist Mike Campbell leaned forward, watching Dylan, who was looking straght ahead. Campbell was trying to follow the unusual chord sequence, and held the neck of his guitar up so that Petty and the other members of the band could play along. While the band were up to the challenge, the Queens Of Rhythm - Carolyn Dennis, Queen Esther Marrow, Madelyn Quebec, and Louise Bethune - were obviously stressed. They looked worried, clasping their hands, their eyes darting around, looking for some divine inspiration. They decided to sing "Oooh . . Oooh", which was just as well, since Dylan changed the lyrics as he went along. After the wonderfully shambolic, and humorous, performance, Dylan playfully shoved Petty, as if this was some sort of high school prank. Then Dylan said, "All right now. I don't usually do that song but I did it tonight for a special request. Can't remember who it's for! " The show ended on a more normal note, with "Knockin' On Heaven's Door". Then it was a long trip back to Massachusetts. http://www.examiner.com/x-21829-Bob-Dylan-Examiner~y2010m7d11-Dylans-back-pages--Dylan-surprises-Etta-James-and-Tom-Petty-Heartbreakers-July-1986

Voldar: Bob Dylan and birthday boy Ringo Starr through the years The lives and careers of Bob Dylan and the Beatles are the stuff of legend. The influence they had on each other influenced an entire generation. Speaking of which, Ringo turned 70 today. So let's take a sentimental journey down memory lane, as we look at just some of moments when the lives of Robert Allen Zimmerman and Richard Starkey, M.B.E., crossed. August 28, 1964: Bob Dylan turns the Beatles onto "jazz cigarettes". He assumed they had already tried them after mistakingly hearing the Fabs sing "I get high" on their U.S. breakthrough single, "I Want To Hold Your Hand". John Lennon hand it over to Ringo, saying he's his "royal tester." Starr finished it off himself, not knowing proper protocol. The Beatles had actually had some experience with marijuana in Hamburg, Germany, in 1960, but it didn't have much impact on the group. Late August, 1969: Dylan and the Band hung out with various Beatles before, during, and after his Isle of Wight concert on August 31. The Beatles had just finished recording Abbey Road the previous week. On the 29th, Dylan, Starr, Lennon, Harrison, and members of the Band played some tennis, then jammed in the barn that had been used for rehearsing. You can see Ringo (with Lennon and others) in the crowd at the concert in the video above. The following year, Dylan would release Self Portrait, and Starr would release Sentimental Journey and Beaucoups Of Blues. August 1, 1971: Bob Dylan is the surprise guest at the Concert For Bangla Desh. He is backed by George Harrison on electric guitar, Leon Russell on Klaus Voorman's bass, and Ringo as Mr. Tambourine Man. Due to the lack of a proper rehearsal, and the fact that Dylan changed the time signature between the afternoon and the evening performances, Starr begins the second version of "A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall" out of time.In the mid-1970's Ringo spend a lot of time with The Band. Robbie Robertson, Levon Helm, Rick Danko, and Garth Hudson, along with David Bromberg, recorded "Sunshine Life For Me (Sail Away Raymond)" for the 1973 album Ringo. Robertson would return the following year to play guitar on Ringo's next album, Goodnight Vienna. Starr would see Dylan and The Band on "Tour '74". Here's a quote from Knockin' On Dylan's Door (Rolling Stone Books), "It was bloody fantastic, the best concert I've ever been to. They had you with six rockers in a row." His favorite song was The Band's "The Shape I'm In". Thanksgiving, 1976: Ringo appeared , along with Ron Wood, at the finale of The Band's Last Waltz. They backed Dylan and Richard Manuel on "I Shall Be Released". Danko and Helm toured with Starr in 1989. May 15,1981: Even though Dylan had recorded a satisfactory version of "Heart Of Mine" for his upcoming album Shot Of Love, he decided to re-cut this track (and others) with Starr and Wood. The new version of "Heart Of Mine" was included on the album, and released as a single. In 1985, Dylan, Starr, and Ringo's son Zak Starkey contributed to the single "Sun City" by Artists United Against Apartheid. April 14, 1987: Dylan participated in a Ringo recording session at Three Alarm Studio, Memphis, Tennessee, on the song, "Wish I Know Now What I Knew Then" . Starr was allegedly still having with problems with alcohol at the time. When he sobered up, he successfully sued producer Chips Moman from releasing the material. It has been reported that Dylan testified in Starr's behalf. January 20, 1988: Dylan and the Beatles were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame at the Grand Ballroom, Hotel Waldorf-Astoria, New York City. Ringo and Dylan were among those participating in the jam session finale. June 13, 1989: Starr sat in on drums for two numbers at a Dylan concert in Frejus, France - "Highway 61 Revisited" and "Like A Rolling Stone". December 17, 1997: During his second of five nights at the El Rey Theater in Los Angeles, Dylan introduced Ringo from the stage, "All right ladies and gentlemen, on the drums tonight, give him a big hand, David Kemper. Hes been with the band a while. One of the great drummers of this kind of music is in the house tonight Ringo Starr. Ringo!! Stand up and take a bow wherever you are. Everybody loves you, right. Anyway on the guitar tonight, Larry Campbell. Oh is Ringo over there? I know we dont put a light on him, but hes up there." It was later reported that Ringo had left by this time. In February of this year, Ringo chose a Dylan song as one of his current favorites for ABC News Nightline. "You just got to love Bob. My old-time favorite lately is 'When the Deal Goes Down,' and it's just a beautiful love song. ... It's this beautiful love song, he's very romantic in a lot of songs, everyone listens to his wacky dream stuff, which is great. He moves me on that record...That's why I like it. If it moves me, it's the sentiment of the record and how he says it. But no one else can say it like that. ... We met him in the '60s in New York. We just sort of bumped into him ever since. He's just an incredible artist that is well-placed in the musical history of American music and world music, so I put Bob down because of all of that. You couldn't do a list without mentioning Bob." Happy birthday, Richie, and thanks for everything. http://www.examiner.com/examiner/x-21829-Bob-Dylan-Examiner~y2010m7d7-Bob-Dylan-and-birthday-boy-Ringo-Starr-through-the-years

Voldar: Bob Dylan and Mick Jagger - Like a rolling stone Bob Dylan has known the Stones since the mid-1960s. He has spent more of his time with the band's various guitarists - Brian Jones, Keith Richards, Mick Taylor, and Ron Wood, than with lead singer Mick Jagger. Dylan even toured Europe in 1984 with Taylor and ex-Faces keyboardist Ian MacLagen, who played on the 1978 Stones album, Some Girls. Bob Dylan was a big fan of the Rolling Stones early on. They both share many of the same influences, including Chuck Berry, Muddy Waters, and Buddy Holly. Like Dylan, Jagger saw Holly in concert. The Stones, like the Beatles, the Animals, and the Byrds, were catalysts in Dylan's decision to go "electric". Dylan has been quite an influence on Mick Jagger and the Stones. The "World's Greatest Rock and Roll Band" have even referenced Dylan on the covers of two of their most acclaimed albums, 1968's Beggar's Banquet (The original banned cover - now reinstated - featured a dirty restroom full of graffiti, including the words "Bob Dylan's Dream" with an arrow pointing toward the toilet handle) and 1970s Get Yer Ya-Ya's Out, with jewels and binoculars hanging from the head of a donkey. There have been so many false stories about Dylan and the Stones throughout the years that it's difficult to know what really happened, so keep that in mind as I list a few below, some of which are from the controversial Stephen Davis book, Old Gods Not Dead (Broadway Books). While in his hotel room for the 1964 Newport Folk Festival, Dylan and his friend Tony Glover were attempting to harmonize on the Stones single, "Tell Me (You're Coming Back To Me)". In the spring of 1965, John Lennon visited Jagger and Richards in their new Hampstead digs, wearing out Keith's copy of Bringing It All Back Home. On October 5, 1965, Dylan recorded his own version of the Beatles/Stones song, "I Wanna Be Your Man", called "I Wanna Be Your Lover". In late 1965, Jagger visited a zonked-out Dylan at his place in the Chelsea Hotel. According to a 1968 interview with Jagger: "Dylan once said, 'I could have written "Satisfaction", but you couldn't have written "Tambourine Man.'" It's true, but I'd like to hear Bob Dylan sing, 'I can't get no satisfaction.' According to one source, when Dylan told this to the Glimmer Twins in a London club in May 1966, Richards lunged toward Dylan, but was blocked before he could do any harm. He was driven away, but the Jones and Richards tried to to follow him to continue the fight, but did not succeed. The next evening, after a second night at the Royal Albert Hall, the Stones visited Dylan after having taped Top Of The Pops in the afternoon. The incident from the previous night was not mentioned. Once Jagger and Richards stared writing their own material in the mid-1960s, you can see Dylan's imprint on songs like "19th Nervous Breakdown" and "Mother's Little Helper". In late 1967, after a year of drug busts and poor reviews (the underrated Their Satanic Majesties Request LP), the Stones needed to change direction. Marianne Faithfull, Jagger's girlfriend at the time, had gotten a hold of some of Dylan and the Band's Basement Tapes acetates, and played them for Mick, which further influenced his songwriting. According to a 1995 Rolling Stone interview, Jagger said that "Sympathy For The Devil" "was taken from an old idea of Baudelaire's, I think, but I could be wrong. Sometimes when I look at my Baudelaire books, I can't see it in there. But it was an idea I got from French writing. And I just took a couple of lines and expanded on it. I wrote it as sort of like a Bob Dylan song." In 1972 and 1975, Dylan attended Stones shows at Madison Square Garden. On July 26, 1972, the Stones tour ended on Jagger's birthday. Dylan and his wife Sara attended the after show party. The title track from the Stones album Some Girls, featured some references to Dylan's divorce: "I'll buy you a house back in Zuma beach, and give you half of what I own". In 1985, Dylan, Richards, and Woods had to follow a polished, sexy set with Jagger and Tina Turner at Live Aid. Dylan's sloppy set was poorly received. Dylan appeared on stage with Jagger, a couple of Beatles, Bruce Springsteen, and many others at the Hotel Waldorf-Astoria in New York City, on January 20, 1988, for the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame Induction Ceremony. During "Satisfaction," Dylan played guitar, but did not sing. In 1998, Dylan joined The Stones on stage to perform "Like A Rolling Stone," a song The Stones had recorded for their 1995 Stripped album. While on tour in 2002, Dylan performed "Brown Sugar" 36 times. http://www.examiner.com/x-21829-Bob-Dylan-Examiner~y2010m7d26-Bob-Dylan-and-Mick-Jagger--Like-a-rolling-stone

Voldar: Dylan's back pages - The Concert for Bangla Desh, August 1, 1971 On August 1, 1971, Bob Dylan performed at the Concert for Bangla Desh. The concert took place five years and three days after Dylan's motorcycle accident that brought his career in the public eye to a grinding halt. The idea for the concert originated with Indian sitar virtuoso Ravi Shankar, who was hoping to stage a benefit concert for his homeland. He told his friend George Harrison, formerly of the Beatles, about his plight, and sprang into action. He organized a benefit concert at Madison Square Garden, and invited his heavy friends, including Ringo Starr, Eric Clapton, and Billy Preston. Like Dylan, Harrison and Starr had not toured since 1966. Clapton was also out of commission at the time, battling his heroin addiction. It was the first charity concert of its kind, a precursor to Live Aid, Farm Aid, and other events. A second show was added after the first one sold out. Whenever Harrison, or the album's producer Phil Spector, would discuss Dylan's participation at the concert, the story would change slightly. However, the general line is that Dylan was invited by Harrison to play at the concert, but would not commit. Here are some of his comments from the documentary included on disc two of the DVD, The Concert For Bangla Desh: "I always tried to be straight with him, and he responded . . . Right up to the moment he stepped on the stage I was not sure he was coming. 'Cause the night before we went to Madison Square Garden and he saw all all these cameras and microphones and this huge place and he was saying 'Hey, man, this isn't my scene. I can't make this'. By this time I had so much on my plate trying to get it organized, and I said it was not my scene either, and I don't do this every day. In fact, this is the first time I ever did anything on my own. You, at least, had been a solo artist for years. . .I had a little list on my guitar and I had a point where it said, after "Here Comes The Sun", "Bob" with a question mark, and it got to that point, and I looked around to see if there was any indication if Bob was gonna come out or not . . .He was already so nervous, he has his harmonica on and he had his guitar in his hand, and he was walking right on the stage, like it was now or never". Harrison then surprisedthe crodw by saying, "I'd like to bring on a friend to us all, Mr. Bob Dylan." Starr also commented that Dylan caught him by surprise by changing the time signature on "A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall" for the second show. When the original triple album was released, it included all five Dylan performances from the evening show. Phil Spector previewed the album on WNEW-FM in New York soon after the concert , playing "Love Minus Zero" from the afternoon performance, then " accidentally" played "Hard Rain" from that show as well. The audio and video of "Love Minus Zero" was added to the Rhino CD and DVD reissues of 2005. Dylan had a lot riding on this performance. He only did one official, full-length concert since the accident, plus a few cameos. His Isle Of Wight appearance in 1969 was considered a disappointment, and he was not getting great reviews for his recordings anymore either. The Concert for Bangla Desh would have gone down as an historical concert without Dylan's participation. With his performance - and the symbolism of Dylan as a moral cnscience - made the concert legendary. It was a Bob Dylan people could relate to - he looked and sounded like Dylan, and sang songs that people wanted to hear. The reaction must have boosted Dylan's confidence, as he went back on tour two and a half years later. Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York Rehearsals before the Bangla Desh Concert. (Either July 31 or August 1, 1971) 1. If Not For You Bob Dylan (guitar & vocal), George Harrison (guitar & vocal). Excerpt released in the movie THE CONCERT FOR BANGLA DESH, 23 March 1972 and on commercial video October 1983. Complete performance released on the DVD THE CONCERT FOR BANGLA DESH, Rhino Records, 19 October 2005. 1 August 1971, two shows 1. A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall 2. It Takes A Lot To Laugh, It Takes A Train To Cry (A favorite of Harrison's) 3. Blowin' In The Wind (*Note: performed before "It Takes A Lot To Laugh: at the afternoon show) 4. Love Minus Zero/No Limit (afternoon only) 4. Mr. Tambourine Man (evening only) 5. Just Like A Woman Bob Dylan (guitar & vocal), George Harrison (guitar), Leon Russell (bass), Ringo Starr (tambourine). Afternoon: 1 and 4 broadcast by WNEW-FM radio, New York City, New York, August 1971. 4 released on the CD and DVD THE CONCERT FOR BANGLA DESH, Rhino Records, 19 October 2005 . . Evening: 1-5 Released on THE CONCERT FOR BANGLA DESH, Apple STCX 3385, 20 December 1971. 1-3, 5 released in the movie THE CONCERT FOR BANGLA DESH, 23 March 1972 and on commercial video October 1983. Released on the DVD THE CONCERT FOR BANGLA DESH, Rhino Records, 19 October 2005. It is interesting to note that while original CD in 1991 was distributed through EMI in primary markets , Dylan's label Columbia distributed the album on various tape formats, as well as CD in secondary markets. Columbia also reportedly received $.25 per album from the original triple LP. http://www.examiner.com/x-21829-Bob-Dylan-Examiner~y2010m7d31-Dylans-back-pages--The-Concert-for-Bangla-Desh-August-1-1971

Voldar: Bob Dylan and Elvis Presley (Part One) Elvis Aaron Presley was born on January 8, 1935. He died on August 16, 1977. "The King Of Rock and Roll" was a huge influence on Bob Dylan, as well as just about every one of his peers. Dylan compared first hearing Elvis to "busting out of jail." In a 1978 Melody Maker interview, Dylan had this to say about Presley's death: It was so sad. I had a breakdown! I broke down... one of the very few times I went over my whole life. I went over my whole childhood. I didn't talk to anyone for a week after Elvis died. If it wasn't for Elvis and Hank Williams, I couldn't be doing what I do today. In 1978, Presley's long-time bassist, Jerry Scheff, toured with Dylan, and played on his album, Street Legal. Dylan has referred to Presley in song both directly ("T.V. Talkin' Song" ), and indirectly, especially on "Love and Theft." Dylan has recently denied that his 1970 song , "Went To See The Gypsy," was about meeting Presley, going on to say that he never actually met the man. In 1997, after Dylan was hospitalized with a potentially fatal heart infection, he was quoted as saying, "I thought I was gonna meet Elvis. Presley recorded a number of Dylan's songs. Dylan once said that Presley's cover of "Tomorrow Is A Long Time" was "the one recording I treasure the most." According to Ernst Jorgensen's book, Elvis Presley: A Life In Music - The Complete Recording Sessions, it was recorded at RCA's Studio B, Nashville, in late May, 1966. The song originally appeared on the album, Spinout. According to Jorgensen's' book, Presley got into the song via Charlie McCoy, who had previously participated in the Highway 61 Revisited and Blonde On Blonde sessions. McCoy played the album Odetta Sings Dylan before an Elvis session, and Presley "had become taken with 'Tomorrow Is A Long Time'." Although it had been covered by other artists, Dylan had not yet released a version. Scotty Moore, Chip Young, and McCoy grabbed their acoustic guitars, while Bob Moore played electric bass. A tambourine was then added. "By take three, they had completed a gorgeous - and for Elvis, extraordinarily long - five-minute master." **** Below is a comparison of both artists performing "Tomorrow Night." Dylan's version appeared on 1992's Good As I Been To You, Elvis first recorded the song at Sun Studios, Memphis, in September, 1954. Dylan performed "Heartbreak Hotel" last August, on the anniversary of Presley's death. More Dylan and Presley to follow

Voldar: . Dylan's back pages - Recording information for 'Like A Rolling Stone' sessions, June 15-16, 1965 Forty-five years ago, Bob Dylan spent two days recording one of the most influential and groundbreaking recordings in music history, "Like A Rolling Stone". The single, Columbia 443346, released on July 20, 1965, would be the lead off track on the album Highway 61 Revisited. These would be the last sessions with Tom Wilson as producer. Here's the lowdown, according to Olof: Studio A, Columbia Recording Studios New York City, New York; 15 June 1965 The first Highway 61 Revisited session, produced by Tom Wilson. 1-9. It Takes A Lot To Laugh, It Takes A Train To Cry 10-12. Sitting On A Barbed-Wire Fence 13. It Takes A Lot To Laugh, It Takes A Train To Cry 14-16. Sitting On A Barbed-Wire Fence 17-21. Like A Rolling Stone Bob Dylan (guitar, piano, harmonica, vocal), Mike Bloomfield (guitar), Al Gorgoni (guitar), Frank Owens (piano), Bobby Gregg (drums), Joseph Macho Jr. (bass), Al Kooper (organ). Notes. 2, 3, 5, 14, 15, 17-20 are false starts. 4, 10 are interrupted Only released tracks and probably 10 are in circulation. 1-9, 13 Phantom Engineer on recording sheet. 10-12 Over The Cliffs, pt 1 on recording sheet. 14-16 Over The Cliff on recording sheet. Recorded 2:30-5:30 pm. Studio A, Columbia Recording Studios New York City, New York; 16 June 1965 The second Highway 61 Revisited session, produced by Tom Wilson. 1-15. Like A Rolling Stone 16. Why Should You Have To Be So Frantic? Bob Dylan (guitar, piano, harmonica, vocal), Mike Bloomfield (guitar), Al Gorgoni (guitar), Frank Owens (piano), Bobby Gregg (drums), Joseph Macho Jr. (bass), Al Kooper (organ). Notes. 2, 3, 5-7, 9, 10, 12, 14 are false starts. 13 is interrupted 3, 5, 9, 11, 12, 13, 14 are not in circulation. 4 is available as rough mix of the original master tape. 16 is a song with real title unknown and CO-number 86449. It has also circulated as Lunatic Princess Revisited. Recorded 2:30-5:30 pm. There has been some controversy over the years about what really happened at these and other sessions. While searching something else recently, I came across this "exchange" between Al Kooper, who played organ on these sessions, and Michael Gray, who researched and wrote about much of Dylan's career. You can read it here, here, and here. Dylan wrote "Like A Rolling Stone" in early June, 1965, after finishing his last solo acoustic tour in the United Kingdom. He had stated at the time that he had written "a long piece of vomit", edited it down, and it became "Like A Rolling Stone". We should all be so nauseous. Parts of the sessions from these dates were released on The Bootleg Series (Rare & Unreleased) 19611991, Volume 2, in 1991, and the interactive music CDROM Highway 61 Interactive in 1995.Take four from June 16 was picked for official release in 1965. Radio station disc jockeys received a special edit with the track divided into two parts, for those not able to play the complete version. You can see different versions of the single at Searching For A Gem. Forty days and forty nights after the first session, Dylan would turn the entire music world upside down when he performed the song on stage for the first time at the Newport Folk Festival. http://www.examiner.com/bob-dylan-in-national/dylan-s-back-pages-recording-information-for-like-a-rolling-stone-sessions-june-15-16-1965