Essays on Bob Dylan live recordings

An index

Welcome to Flagging Down the Double E's by me, Ray Padgett. I edit Cover Me and wrote the books Cover Me: The Greatest Cover Songs of All Time and I’m Your Fan: The Songs of Leonard Cohen (a 33 1/3 on Cohen and tribute albums).

This newsletter explores Dylan concerts on the given date in history. They’re not usually straight reviews; more like essays, articles, or interviews inspired by the show in question. There’s a longer intro here.

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Here is an archive of all the Dylan concerts I’ve explored so far, by year. Note: The downloads only stay up a week or two, so most of these links will just have the essays.

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1961

09-06, Gaslight Cafe, New York, NY *

1962

10-??, Gaslight Cafe, New York, NY

1963

03-31 (?), Gaslight Cafe, New York, NY
05-10, Brandeis Folk Festival, Waltham, MA *

1964

05-17, Royal Festival Hall, London, England *

1965

07-25, Newport Folk Festival, Newport, RI

1966

04-19, Festival Hall, Melbourne, Australia *
05-24, Olympia, Paris, France
05-27, Royal Albert Hall, London, England *

1969

1969-08-31, Isle of Wight, England

1974

01-03, Chicago Stadium, Chicago IL
01-04, Chicago Stadium, Chicago IL *
01-06, Spectrum, Philadelphia, PA *
01-07, Spectrum, Philadelphia, PA
01-11, Forum de Montreal, Montreal, Canada *
02-14, The Forum, Inglewood, CA *

1975 [a series tracking every Rolling Thunder show]

10-30, Plymouth Memorial Hall, Plymouth, MA
10-31, Plymouth Memorial Hall, Plymouth, MA *
11-02, Technical University, Lowell, MA
11-04, Civic Center, Providence, RI (two shows) *
11-06, Civic Center, Springfield, MA (two shows)
11-08, Patrick Gymnasium, Burlington, VT *
11-09, University of New Hampshire, Durham, NH
11-11, Palace Theater, Waterbury, CT
11-13, Veterans Memorial Coliseum, New Haven, CT *
11-15, Convention Center, Niagara Falls, NY
11-17, War Memorial Coliseum, Rochester, NY *
11-19, Memorial Auditorium, Worcester, MA *
11-20, Harvard Square Theatre, Cambridge, MA *
11-21, Music Hall, Boston, MA
11-22, Brandeis University, Waltham, MA *
11-24, Civic Center, Hartford, CT
11-26, Civic Center, Augusta, ME *
11-27, Municipal Auditorium, Bangor, ME *
11-29, Coliseum, Quebec City, Canada
12-01, Maple Leaf Gardens, Toronto, Canada
12-02, Maple Leaf Gardens, Toronto, Canada *
12-04, Forum, Montreal, Quebec
12-07, Correctional Institute, Clinton, NJ
12-08, Madison Square Garden, New York, NY *

1976

04-18, Civic Center, Lakeland, FL
05-03, The Warehouse, New Orleans, LA
05-19, Henry Levitt Arena, Wichita, KS *
05-23, Hughes Stadium, Fort Collins, CO

1978

02-20, Nippon Budokan Hall, Tokyo, Japan
03-27, Entertainment Center, Perth, Australia
06-26, Westfalenhalle, Dortmund, West Germany
09-27, Nassau Coliseum, Uniondale, NY *

1979

11-01, Warfield Theatre, San Francisco, CA
11-26, Gammage Center, Tempe, AZ

1980

01-13, Paramount Theatre, Seattle, WA *
02-27, Grammy Awards, Shrine Auditorium, Los Angeles, CA *
04-17, Massey Hall, Toronto, Canada
05-01, Kleinhans Music Hall, Buffalo, NY *
11-15, Warfield, San Francisco, CA

1981

07-10, Drammenshallen, Drammen, Norway
07-25, Place des Sports, Avignon, France *
10-25, Stabler Arena, Bethlehem, PA

1984

06-21, Palaeur, Rome, Italy *
07-05, St. James' Park, Newcastle, England *
07-08, Slane Castle, Slane, Ireland

1986

02-19, Sports And Entertainment Centre, Melbourne, Australia
02-24, Entertainment Centre, Sydney, Australia *
03-08, Aichi-ken Taiikukan, Nagoya, Japan
07-07, RFK Stadium, Washington DC

1987

07-12, Giants Stadium, East Rutherford, NJ
09-13, Palasport, Turin, Italy *
09-20, Messehalle 20, Hanover, West Germany *
10-14, Wembley Arena, London, UK

1988

01-20, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Ceremony, Waldorf Astoria, New York, NY *
06-07, Concord Pavilion, Concord, CA
07-02, Great Woods Performing Arts Center, Mansfield, MA *
08-02, Greek Theatre, Los Angeles, CA *
08-04, Greek Theatre, Los Angeles, CA
09-07, Champlain Valley Fairgrounds, Essex Junction, VT *
10-19, Radio City Music Hall, New York, NY

1989

07-29, Kingswood Music Theatre, Maple, ON *
10-22, University of Rhode Island, South Kingston, RI *

1990

01-12, Toad's Place, New Haven, CT *
08-27, Holiday Star Music Theater, Merrillville, IN *
10-13, United States Military Academy, West Point, NY

1991

02-20, Grammy Awards, Radio City Music Hall, New York City, NY *
05-04, Lawrence Joel Veterans Memorial Coliseum Annex, Winston-Salem, NC
05-09, Northeastern University, Boston, MA *

1992

03-28, Entertainment Centre, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia *

1993

01-17, Lincoln Memorial, Washington, DC *
02-17, Muziekcentrum Frits Philips, Eindhoven, Netherlands

1994

02-16, Hiroshima Kousei Nenkin Kaikan, Hiroshima, Japan *
10-09, Orpheum Theatre, Boston, MA

1995

03-14, Stadthalle, Furth, Germany *
04-11, The Point, Dublin, Ireland *
06-15, Franklin County Airport, Highgate, VT
06-29, The Spectrum, Oslo, Norway
09-02, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Cleveland, OH

1996

05-14, Michigan Theater, Ann Arbor, MI *

1997

03-31, Memorial Stadium, St. Johns, Newfoundland, Canada
08-07, Molson Amphitheatre, Toronto, Canada *
08-23, Wolf Trap, Vienna, VA
12-01&02, Roxy, Atlanta, GA - soundchecks *

1998

01-14, Garde Arts Center, New London, CT *
02-02, Symphony Hall, Springfield MA
02-14, Public Hall, Cleveland, OH *
02-25, Grammy Awards, Radio City Music Hall, New York, NY *
04-13, Estádio Ícaro de Castro Mello, São Paulo, Brazil *
05-17, The Gorge, George, WA
06-12, Stadtpark, Hamburg, Germany
11-01, Madison Square Garden, New York City, NY

1999

01-26, Everblades Arena, Fort Myers, FL *
02-07, Boutwell Auditorium, Birmingham, AL
06-20, Arrowhead Pond of Anaheim, Anaheim, CA *
10-12, 20th Century Fox Lot, Los Angeles, CA
11-14, Centrum Centre, Worcester, MA *

2000 [A special series covered every spring concert]

03-10, Sun Theatre, Anaheim, CA
03-11, Cal Poly Recreation Center, San Luis Obispo, CA
03-12, Bakersfield Centennial Garden, Bakersfield, CA *
03-14, Visalia Convention Center, Visalia, CA *
03-15, Civic Auditorium, Santa Cruz, CA *
03-16, Civic Auditorium, Santa Cruz, CA
03-17, Reno Hilton Theater, Reno, NV
03-19, Holt Arena, Pocatello, ID *
03-20, Idaho Center Arena, Nampa, ID
03-21, Beasley Performing Arts Center, Pullman, WA *
03-22, Adams Event Center, Missoula, MT *
03-24, Brick Breeden Field House, Bozeman, MT *
03-25, Shrine Auditorium, Billings, MT
03-26, Casper Events Center, Casper, WY *
03-27, Rushmore Plaza Civic Center Arena, Rapid City, SD *
03-29, Civic Centre Arena, Bismarck, ND *
03-30, Civic Memorial Auditorium, Fargo, ND
03-31, Mayo Civic Center Arena, Rochester, MN *
04-01, Sioux Falls Arena, Sioux Falls, SD *
04-03, Five Seasons Center, Cedar Rapids, IA *
04-04, Omaha Civic Arena, Omaha, NE *
04-05, Bicentennial Center Arena, Salina, KS *
04-06, Fillmore Auditorium, Denver, CO
06-27, House Of Blues, Las Vegas, NV *

2001

05-02, NorthWest Georgia Trade & Convention Center, Dalton, GA
07-08, Montreux Jazz Festival, Montreux, Switzerland *
08-16, Century II Convention Center, Wichita, KS

2002

02-09, Phillips Arena, Atlanta, GA *
02-27, Grammy Awards, Staples Center, Los Angeles, CA *
04-20, Filaforum, Milan, Italy *
04-21, Hallenstadion, Zurich, Switzerland
04-30, Le Zenith, Paris, France

08-09, Harbour Station, Saint John, NB
08-15, Erie County Fair, Hamburg, NY *
10-04, Key Arena, Seattle, WA *
10-08, Memorial Auditorium, Sacramento, CA

2003

04-26, Municipal Auditorium, New Orleans, LA
05-13, Amphitheatre at Regency Park, Cary, NC
10-04, Shea Stadium, Queens, NY [Bruce Springsteen show]

2004

03-21, Kool Haus, Toronto, ON *
11-21, Harvard University, Allston, MA

2005

03-07, Paramount Theatre, Seattle, WA
07-17, Save-On Foods Centre, Victoria, British Columbia *
07-19, The Orpheum, Vancouver, BC *
10-17, Stockholm Globe Arena, Stockholm, Sweden *

2006

08-30, Frontier Field, Rochester, MN

2008

02-21, House of Blues, Dallas, TX *
02-29, Arena Monterrey, Monterrey, Mexico *
03-11, Arena Santiago, Santiago, Chile *

2010

05-31, Cemil Topuzlu Open-Air Theatre, Istanbul, Turkey

2011

02-13, Grammy Awards, Staples Center, Los Angeles, CA
08-16, Merriweather Post Pavilion, Columbia, MD *

2012

11-08, Bradley Center, Milwaukee, WI

2014

09-07, Sydney Opera House, Sydney, Australia

2015

04-14, Johnny Mercer Theater, Savannah, GA *

2016

04-04, Bunkamura Orchard Hall, Tokyo, Japan *

2017

06-14, Capitol Theatre, Port Chester, NY

2018

11-02, DPAC, Durham, NC

2019

07-12, Hyde Park, London, England
10-14, Frost Amphitheater, Palo Alto, California
10-26, The Eagles Ballroom, Milwaukee, WI
11-12, UMBC Event Center, Baltimore, MD
11-13, Virginia State University, Petersburg, VA
12-02, Beacon Theater, New York, NY

2021

07-18, Bon Bon Club, Shadow Kingdom *
11-02, Riverside Theatre, Milwaukee, WI *
11-03, Auditorium Theatre, Chicago, IL *
11-10, Knoxville Civic Auditorium, Knoxville, TN
11-15, UPMC Events Center, Moon Township, PA