Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Bob Dylan 1987-10-05 Piazza Grande Locarno, Switzerland

 Recording type: Audience
City/Venue: Piazza Grande, Locarno, Switzerland
Date: Monday, 5th October 1987

1. Rainy Day Women #12 & 35
2. Like A Rolling Stone
3. Maggie's Farm
4. I'll Be Your Baby Tonight
5. Dead Man, Dead Man
6. The Ballad Of Frankie Lee And Judas Priest
7. Seeing The Real You At Last [last 2:30 only]
8. Watching The River Flow
9. Simple Twist Of Fate
10. Tomorrow Is A Long Time
11. Ballad Of A Thin Man [cuts after 4:40]
12. Shot Of Love [last 4:05 only]
13. Trust Yourself
14. Blowin' In The Wind

This was the night of Bob's reputed 'epiphany', as discussed in Chronicles and in the following 1997 Newsweek interview:

{TEN YEARS AGO, DYLAN SAYS, "I'D kind of reached the end of the line. Whatever I'd started out to do, it wasn't that. I was going to pack it in.'' Onstage, he couldn't do his old songs. "You know, like how do I sing this? It just sounds funny.'' He goes into an all-too-convincing imitation of panic: "I-- I can't remember what it means, does it mean--is it just a bunch of words? Maybe it's like what all these people say, just a bunch of surrealistic nonsense.'' When the Grateful Dead took him on tour in 1987, Jerry Garcia urged him to try again. ""He'd say, "Come on, man, you know, this is the way it goes, let's play it, it goes like this.' And I'd say, "Man, he's right, you know? How's he gettin' there and I can't get there?' And I had to go through a lot of red tape in my mind to get back there.''

Then, in October 1987, playing Locarno, Switzerland, with Tom Petty's band and the female singers he now says he used to hide behind, Dylan had his breakthrough. It was an outdoor show--he remembers the fog and the wind--and as he stepped to the mike, a line came into his head. ""It's almost like I heard it as a voice. It wasn't like it was even me thinking it. I'm determined to stand, whether God will deliver me or not. And all of a sudden everything just exploded. It exploded every which way. And I noticed that all the people out there--I was used to them looking at the girl singers, they were good-looking girls, you know? And like I say, I had them up there so I wouldn't feel so bad. But when that happened, nobody was looking at the girls anymore. They were looking at the main mike. After that is when I sort of knew: I've got to go out and play these songs. That's just what I must do.'' He's been at it ever since.}



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