Deze week kreeg onze Bob de Medal of Freedom omgehangen door President Obama.Hij noemde hem een van zijn grote helden.Ik ben het daar natuurlijk volkomen mee eens .Een van de vele hoogtepunten uit zijn lange carriere is wat mij betreft toch wel deze Rolling Thunder Revue geweest ,die behalve mooie beelden ook een prachtig dubbelalbum opleverde geweest.Hieronder een een korte samenvatting van deze toer.
Tangled Up In Blue
Dylan wrote this in the summer of 1974 at a farm he had just bought in Minnesota. He had been touring with The Band earlier that year.
Among those featured in the Revue were Joan Baez, Roger McGuinn, Ramblin' Jack Elliott, Kinky Friedman and Bob Neuwirth. Neuwirth assembled the backing musicians, including T-Bone Burnett, Mick Ronson, David Mansfield, and Steven Soles, and, from the Desire sessions, the violinist Scarlet Rivera, the bassist Rob Stoner, and the drummer Howie Wyeth.
"Isis" was one of seven songs on Desire co-written between Dylan and songwriter and theatre director, Jacques Levy.
A live version of "Isis" features on the compilation album, Biograph. Dylan introduces it as "a song about marriage."
Romance In Durango
"Romance in Durango" concerns an outlaw and his lover, on the run in Mexico. Heylin described the song as "the climax to an unmade Sam Peckinpah movie in song."
When rehearsals began, many of the musicians were apparently uninformed about plans for an upcoming tour. At the same time, Dylan was casually inviting others to join in with the band. According to Stoner, the group rehearsed "for like a day or two - it [was] not really so much a rehearsal as like a jam, tryin' to sort it out. Meanwhile all these people who eventually became the Rolling Thunder Revue started dropping in. Joan Baez was showing up. Roger McGuinn was there. They were all there. We had no idea what the purpose for these jams was, except we were being invited to jam
Never Let Me Go
On October 30, Dylan held the first Rolling Thunder Revue show at War Memorial Auditorium in Plymouth, Massachusetts. The first leg of the tour was relatively small, spanning thirty shows and reaching only towns along the northeastern seaboard, including some in Canada. However, the secrecy surrounding the tour's intended destinations, the new material Dylan was premiering, and the inclusion of Joan Baez on the same bill as Dylan for the first time in a decade ensured the tour a good share of media coverage.
Aint Me Babe
"It Ain't Me Babe" appears as the last track on side two of Dylan's fourth studio album, Another Side of Bob Dylan. This was the legendary album which Dylan recorded in a single all-night studio session, aided by "a couple of bottles of Beaujolais."
"The Rolling Thunder Revue shows remain some of the finest music Dylan ever made with a live band," wrote Clinton Heylin. "Gone was the traditionalism of The Band. Instead he found a whole set of textures rarely found in rock. The idea of blending the pedal-steel syncopation of Mansfield, Ronson's glam-rock lead breaks, and Rivera's electric violin made for something as musically layered as Dylan's lyrics...[Dylan] also displayed a vocal precision rare even for him, snapping and stretching words to cajole nuances of meaning from each and every line."
A second Hurricane Carter benefit was held at the Astrodome Houston, Texas on January 25. Before the Concert, Dylan chose to meet with the man that discovered him, Roy Silver, and Silver's partner, manager Richard Flanzer for some advice. Silver and Flanzer quickly provided artists including Stevie Wonder, Ringo Starr and Dr. John, to make this concert the most successful event of the tour, with Dylan at his best.
Dylan then tried to recreate the Rolling Thunder Revue's success in the spring of 1976. Rehearsals were held in Clearwater, Florida during April, and the first show was on April 18 at the Civic Center in Lakeland, Florida. The tour continued throughout April and May in the American South and Southwest.
|The penultimate show of the tour took place on May 23 at Hughes Stadium in Fort Collins, Colorado.
Comments about it typified the feeling about the spring tour: "Although
the band has been playing together longer, the charm has gone out of
their exchanges," wrote NPR's Tim Riley.
"The Rolling Thunder Revue, so joyful and electrifying in its first
performances, had just plain run out of steam," wrote music critic Janet Maslin for Rolling Stone.|
The final Rolling Thunder show took place on May 25. Held at a half-empty, 17,000 seat Salt Palace in Salt Lake City, Utah, it would be Dylan's last performance for twenty-one months (except for The Last Waltz in November 1976 for The Band), and it would be another two years before Dylan recorded another album of new material.