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 Cover Me: The Greatest Cover Songs of All Time. My second book (a 33 1/3 on Leonard Cohen and tribute albums) comes out Sep 2020 and available for preorder.

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.


09-06, Gaslight Cafe, New York, NY


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


05-10, Brandeis Folk Festival, Waltham, MA


07-25, Newport Folk Festival, Newport, RI


04-19, Festival Hall, Melbourne, Australia
05-24, Olympia, Paris, France


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 [an ongoing 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
11-22, Brandeis University, Waltham, MA
11-24, Civic Center, Hartford, CT
11-26, Civic Center, Augusta, ME
11-27, Municipal Auditorium, Bangor, ME


05-03, The Warehouse, New Orleans, LA


02-20, Nippon Budokan Hall, Tokyo, Japan
09-27, Nassau Coliseum, Uniondale, NY


01-13, Paramount Theatre, Seattle, WA


10-25, Stabler Arena, Bethlehem, PA


06-21, Palaeur, Rome, Italy
07-08, Slane Castle, Slane, Ireland


02-24, Entertainment Centre, Sydney, Australia
03-08, Aichi-ken Taiikukan, Nagoya, Japan


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


01-20, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Ceremony, Waldorf Astoria, New York, NY
06-07, Concord Pavilion, Concord, CA
08-04, Greek Theatre, Los Angeles, CA


07-29, Kingswood Music Theatre, Maple, ON


01-12, Toad's Place, New Haven, CT


01-17, Lincoln Memorial, Washington, DC


02-16, Hiroshima Kousei Nenkin Kaikan, Hiroshima, Japan


06-29, The Spectrum, Oslo, Norway


08-07, Molson Amphitheatre, Toronto, Canada
08-23, Wolf Trap, Vienna, VA


01-14, Garde Arts Center, New London, CT
02-02, Symphony Hall, Springfield MA
04-13, Estádio Ícaro de Castro Mello, São Paulo, Brazil
05-17, The Gorge, George, WA
06-12, Stadtpark, Hamburg, Germany


01-26, Everblades Arena, Fort Myers, FL
02-07, Boutwell Auditorium, Birmingham, AL
10-12, 20th Century Fox Lot, Los Angeles, CA

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


05-02, NorthWest Georgia Trade & Convention Center, Dalton, GA


02-09, Phillips Arena, Atlanta, GA
08-09, Harbour Station, Saint John, NB


04-26, Municipal Auditorium, New Orleans, LA
10-04, Shea Stadium, Queens, NY [Bruce Springsteen show]


07-19, The Orpheum, Vancouver, BC


08-30, Frontier Field, Rochester, MN


02-21, House of Blues, Dallas, TX
02-29, Arena Monterrey, Monterrey, Mexico


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


08-16, Merriweather Post Pavilion, Columbia, MD


06-14, Capitol Theatre, Port Chester, NY