Never Ending Tour
Never Ending Tour
(From left to right) Tony Garnier, George Recile, Donnie Herron, Bob Dylan and Stu Kimball at the Spectrum, Oslo, Norway, March 30, 2007.
Tour by Bob Dylan Start date June 7, 1988 Shows 2305 (As of 2010) Bob Dylan tour chronology Temples In Flames Tour
Never Ending Tour
During the past 23+ years, musicians have come and gone and the band has continued to evolve. Dylan and his band have amassed a huge fan base; some fans have traveled around the world to attend as many Dylan shows as possible.
According to the count maintained by Olof Björner's Dylan website Still On The Road, Dylan played his 2000th show of the Never Ending Tour on October 16, 2007, in Dayton, Ohio. Dylan has attributed much of the versatility of his live shows to the talent of his backing band, with whom he recorded the albums "Love and Theft" (2001), Modern Times (2006), Together Through Life (2009), and Christmas in the Heart (2009).
The tour's name was cemented when journalist Adrian Deevoy published his interview with Dylan in Q Magazine no.39, December 1989. The critic Michael Gray listened to Deevoy's interview tape, and points out in The Bob Dylan Encyclopedia that though Deevoy's article put the phrase into Dylan's mouth, in fact the label came from Deevoy in the following exchange:
- AD: 'Tell me about this live thing. You've gone straight into this tour again — one tour virtually straight into the next one.'
- BD: 'Oh, it's all the same tour.'
- AD: 'It's the Never Ending Tour?'
- BD: (unenthusiastically) 'Yeah, yeah'.
Dylan has been dismissive of the Never Ending Tour tag. In the sleeve notes to his album World Gone Wrong (1993), Dylan wrote:
Don't be bewildered by the Never Ending Tour chatter. There was a Never Ending Tour but it ended in 1991 with the departure of guitarist G. E. Smith. That one's long gone but there have been many others since then: 'The Money Never Runs Out Tour' (Fall of 1991 'Southern Sympathizer Tour' (Early 1992) 'Why Do You Look At Me So Strangely Tour' (European Tour 1992) 'The One Sad Cry Of Pity Tour' (Australia & West Coast American Tour 1992) 'Outburst Of Consciousness Tour' (1992) 'Don't Let Your Deal Go Down Tour' (1993) and others, too many to mention each with their own character & design."
In a 2009 interview with Rolling Stone magazine, Dylan queried the validity of the term Never Ending Tour, saying:
"Critics should know there is no such thing as forever. Does anybody call Henry Ford a Never Ending Car Builder? Anybody ever say that Duke Ellington was on a Never Ending Bandstand Tour? These days, people are lucky to have a job. Any job. So critics might be uncomfortable with my working so much. Anybody with a trade can work as long as they want. A carpenter, an electrician. They don't necessarily need to retire."
The tour was interrupted in 1997 when Dylan was forced to cancel dates after suffering a serious medical issue in May. CBS Records announced he was being hospitalized for a potentially fatal chest infection, histoplasmosis. Since the tour began in 1988, Dylan's 1997 stay in hospital has been his longest break from touring.
Since August 15, 2002, Dylan has been introduced at the beginning of most of his concerts with an announcement made by a member of his stage crew, the stage manager, Al Santos:Ladies and gentlemen, please welcome the poet laureate of rock 'n' roll. The voice of the promise of the 60s counterculture. The guy who forced folk into bed with rock. Who donned makeup in the 70s and disappeared into a haze of substance abuse. Who emerged to find Jesus. Who was written off as a has-been by the end of the '80s, and who suddenly shifted gears releasing some of the strongest music of his career beginning in the late '90s. Ladies and gentlemen — Columbia recording artist Bob Dylan!
This introduction was adapted from an article by Jeff Miers about Dylan that had appeared in a local newspaper, The Buffalo News, on August 9, 2002.
Book and live recordings and broadcasts
Andrew Muir published Razor's Edge: Bob Dylan and the Never Ending Tour in September 2001. The book chronicles the first fifteen years of Dylan's Never Ending Tour from the point of view of a committed fan of the Tour, analysing how Dylan varies his interpretations of his songs, and exploring Dylan's possible motivations.
The only complete live album of material recorded with the Never Ending Tour band is MTV Unplugged recorded in 1994 and released in 1995.
In 2001, Sony released Live 1961–2000: Thirty-Nine Years of Great Concert Performances which included six songs recorded on the Never Ending Tour between 1994 and 2000. The songs were: "Somebody Touched Me", "Dignity", "Cold Irons Bound", "Born in Time", "Country Pie" and "Things Have Changed".
Spanish TV station TVE2 broadcast three songs, "It Ain't Me Babe", "Rollin' and Tumblin'" and "Just Like Tom Thumb's Blues", from the concert that Dylan performed at the Rock In Rio Festival, in Madrid on July 6, 2008.
Dylan's 2008 album, The Bootleg Series Vol. 8: Tell Tale Signs, included eight live performances from the Never Ending Tour, recorded between 1992 and 2004. The songs were "High Water (For Charley Patton)", "Ring Them Bells", "Cocaine Blues", "The Girl on the Greenbriar Shore", "Lonesome Day Blues", "Cold Irons Bound", "Things Have Changed", and "Tryin' to Get to Heaven".
In 2009, former Never Ending Tour drummer, Winston Watson released a DVD, Bob Dylan Never Ending Tour Diaries: Drummer Winston Watson's Incredible Journey, documenting his years touring with Dylan between 1992 and 1996.
For a two and a half year period, between 2003 and 2006, Dylan ceased playing guitar, and stuck to the keyboard during concerts. Various rumors circulated as to why Dylan gave up guitar during this period, none very reliable. According to David Gates, a Newsweek reporter who interviewed Dylan in 2004, "basically it has to do with his guitar not giving him quite the fullness of sound he was wanting at the bottom. He's thought of hiring a keyboard player so he doesn't have to do it himself, but hasn't been able to figure out who. Most keyboard players, he says, like to be soloists, and he wants a very basic sound." Dylan's touring band has two guitarists along with a multi-instrumentalist who plays pedal & lap steel, mandolin, banjo, violin and viola. From 2002 to 2005, Dylan's keyboard had a piano sound. In 2006, this was changed to an organ sound. At the start of his Spring 2007 tour in Europe, Dylan once again began playing guitar. Currently, he plays Organ and will play songs on guitar and take center-stage with just his harmonica and microphone.
Currently, Bob Dylan's band consists of the following members:
- Bob Dylan – vocals, electric guitar, organ, harmonica
- Stu Kimball – electric guitar, acoustic guitar
- Donnie Herron – pedal steel, lap steel, electric mandolin, banjo, violin, viola
- Charlie Sexton – electric guitar
- Tony Garnier – bass guitar, upright bass
- George Receli – drums
During a 2006 interview with Rolling Stone, Dylan spoke about his current band:This is the best band I've ever been in, I've ever had, man for man. When you play with guys a hundred times a year, you know what you can and can't do, what they're good at, whether you want 'em there. It takes a long time to find a band of individual players. Most bands are gangs. Whether it's a metal group or pop rock, whatever, you get that gang mentality. But for those of us who went back further, gangs were the mob. The gang was not what anybody aspired to. On this record (Modern Times) I didn't have anybody to teach. I got guys now in my band, they can whip up anything, they surprise even me.—Bob Dylan, Rolling Stone, August 21, 2006,
Other notable members include Denny Freeman (Guitar, Slide Guitar from 2005–2009), Larry Campbell (Guitar, Slide Guitar, Pedal Steel, Banjo, Cittern, Mandolin & Violin from 1997–2004), Freddy Koella (Guitar from 2003–2004), David Kemper (Drums from 1996–2001), Bucky Baxter (Pedal Steel from 1992–1999), John "J.J." Jackson (Guitar from 1991–1997) and G.E. Smith (Guitar from 1988–1990). Between the years 2003-2004, Tommy Morrongiello, a technician on the tour, would frequently play guitar with Dylan & his Band. Charlie Sexton, who played the guitar from 1999 until 2002, returned as the lead guitarist in Dylan's band for the fall 2009 tour, replacing Denny Freeman.
Over the years, many artists have been special guests at shows, playing songs with Dylan & his Band. Artists include Phil Lesh, Jack White, Paul Simon, Ronnie Wood, Bruce Springsteen, Bono, Norah Jones, Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp, Tom Petty, Neil Young, Jimmie Vaughan, Carl Perkins, Elvis Costello, Amos Lee, Patti Smith, Van Morrison, Warren Haynes, Al Kooper, Jorma Kaukonen, Paul James, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Dave Stewart, Chrissie Hynde, Nils Lofgren, Dave Matthews, Susan Tedeschi, Dave Alvin, Chuck Loeb, Dickey Betts, Ian Moore, Roger McGuinn, César Díaz, Boyd Tinsley, LeRoi Moore, Doug Sahm, Aimee Mann, Liz Souissi, Ray Benson, Leon Russell, Lukas Nelson and Mark Knopfler.
- ^  guardian.co.uk, Retrieved 13 September 2011
- ^  rollingstone.com, Retrieved 13 September 2011
- ^  goodreads.com, Retrieved 17 September 2011
- ^  bjorner.com, Retrieved 30 August 2011
- ^  bjorner.com, Retrieved 30 August 2011
- ^  independent.co.uk, Retrieved 30 August 2011
- ^  bjorner.com, Retrieved 17 September 2011
- ^  geocities.com, Retrieved 30 August 2011
- ^  rightwingbob.com, Retrieved 17 September 2011
- ^  my.execpc.com, Retrieved 17 September 2011
- ^  babybluecafe.blogspot.com, Retrieved 17 September 2011
- ^  rollingstone.com, Retrieved 17 September 2011
- BobDylan.com – Official web site, including lyrics and touring schedule
- Expecting Rain – Dylan news and events, updated daily
- BobLinks – Comprehensive log of concerts and set lists with categorized link collection
- Bjorner's Still on the Road – Information on all known recording sessions and performances by Dylan
- Bob Dylan at the Internet Movie Database
- Dylan and the Media – An analysis of Dylan's media relations
- Come Writers And Critics – lists all the books, magazines, fanzines... devoted to Bob Dylan
- Le-cartographe.net/ Maps of the Never Ending Tour
- Gray, Michael (2006). The Bob Dylan Encyclopedia. Continuum International. ISBN 0-8264-6933-7.
- Muir, Andrew (2001). Razor's Edge: Bob Dylan & the Never Ending Tour. Helter Skelter. ISBN 1-900924-13-7.
Bob Dylan Studio albumsBob Dylan · The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan · The Times They Are a-Changin' · Another Side of Bob Dylan · Bringing It All Back Home · Highway 61 Revisited · Blonde on Blonde · John Wesley Harding · Nashville Skyline · Self Portrait · New Morning · Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid · Dylan · Planet Waves · Blood on the Tracks · The Basement Tapes · Desire · Street-Legal · Slow Train Coming · Saved · Shot of Love · Infidels · Empire Burlesque · Knocked Out Loaded · Down in the Groove · Oh Mercy · Under the Red Sky · Good as I Been to You · World Gone Wrong · Time Out of Mind · Love and Theft · Modern Times · Together Through Life · Christmas in the Heart Live albumsBefore the Flood · Hard Rain · Bob Dylan at Budokan · Real Live · Dylan & the Dead · The 30th Anniversary Concert Celebration · MTV Unplugged · Live 1961–2000: Thirty-Nine Years of Great Concert Performances · Live at the Gaslight 1962 · Live at Carnegie Hall 1963 · In Concert – Brandeis University 1963 Compilations The Bootleg SeriesVolumes 1–3 (Rare & Unreleased) 1961–1991 · Vol. 4: Bob Dylan Live 1966, The "Royal Albert Hall" Concert · Vol. 5: Bob Dylan Live 1975, The Rolling Thunder Revue · Vol. 6: Bob Dylan Live 1964, Concert at Philharmonic Hall · Vol. 7: No Direction Home: The Soundtrack · Vol. 8: Tell Tale Signs: Rare and Unreleased 1989-2006 · Vol. 9: The Witmark Demos: 1962–1964 Concerts and tours Never Ending Tour Films Writings Books about DylanThe Bob Dylan Encyclopedia · Bob Dylan, Performing Artist · Invisible Republic · The Cambridge Companion to Bob Dylan Related articlesAlbums · American folk music revival · Awards · Bob Dylan bootleg recordings · List of Basement Tapes songs · The Bootleg Series · Discography · List of artists who have covered Bob Dylan songs · Related topics · Songs recorded by Bob Dylan · Songs written by Bob Dylan · Great White Wonder · The Lost Notebooks of Hank Williams · The Masked Marauders · Theme Time Radio Hour · The Best of Bob Dylan's Theme Time Radio Hour · Traveling Wilburys
Wikimedia Foundation. 2010.
Look at other dictionaries:
Never Ending Tour — Gira de Bob Dylan Fecha de inicio 7 de junio de 1988 Cronología de Bob Dylan Rollin … Wikipedia Español
Never Ending Tour (2000-2009) — Never Ending Tour (From left to right) Tony Garnier, George Recile, Donnie Herron, Bob Dylan and Stu Kimball at the Spectrum, Oslo, Norway, March 30, 2007. Tour by Bob Dylan Start da … Wikipedia
Never Ending Tour (1990-1999) — Never Ending Tour (From left to right) Tony Garnier, George Recile, Donnie Herron, Bob Dylan and Stu Kimball at the Spectrum, Oslo, Norway, March 30, 2007. Tour by Bob Dylan Start da … Wikipedia
Never Ending Tour 1989 — Tour by Bob Dylan Start date May 27, 1989 End date November 15, 1989 Legs 3 Shows 99 … Wikipedia
Never Ending Tour 2007 — Dylan performing on tour in 2007 Tour by Bob Dylan Start date March 27, 2007 … Wikipedia
Never Ending Tour 2010 — Dylan performing on tour in 2010 Tour by Bob Dylan Start date March 11, 2010 … Wikipedia
Never Ending Tour 2003 — Dylan performing on tour in 2003 Tour by Bob Dylan Start date February 6, 2003 End date … Wikipedia
Never Ending Tour 2004 — Tour by Bob Dylan Start date February 28, 2004 End date November 27, 2004 Legs 5 Shows 90 in North America 21 in Europe 111 … Wikipedia
Never Ending Tour 2006 — Dylan performing on tour in 2006 Tour by Bob Dylan Start date April 1, 2006 … Wikipedia
Never Ending Tour 1988 — Tour by Bob Dylan Start date June 7, 1988 End date October 19, 1988 Legs 3 Shows 71 … Wikipedia