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Bob Dylan 1989 Never Ending Tour

Touring Band
Bob Dylan:
vocal, guitar, harmonica
George Edward (G.E.) Smith: lead guitar, electric slide guitar, backup vocal
Kenny Aaronson: bass
Tony Garnier: bass
Christopher Parker: drums

The second year of the NET opens with a 21 shows containing European Tour. After seven shows bass player Kenny Aaronson (who had to have an operation in the US) is replaced by Tony Garnier, who remains in every NET-show. The tour continues in Peoria, the US (51 shows) only two days after the last show in Athens, Greece. No songs are played from the forthcoming album Oh Mercy. Dylan did play six Oh Mercy songs in the last leg, the US Fall Tour (27 shows).
The new songs of Oh Mercy, released in September, change the dynamic ‘1988-sound’ in the fall-concerts a little bit. In 1989 Dylan starts to play harmonica again. The format of the shows is the same as in the previous year: two electric sets with an acoustic set in between. One or two encores.

Releases
Dylan & The Dead. Live album with performances from the summer tour with The Grateful Dead in July 1987.
Oh Mercy

Recommended Bootlegs:
Deeds Of Mercy (Razor’s Edge RAZ 002). Oh Mercy outtakes.
Hunted (Like A Crocodile)
(Gashcat 001). Statenhal, Den Haag June 10.
Ringo Kidd & Gunfighters
(Mainstream 107/8. source: Les Arenes, Frejus France June 13.

1989 * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * 99 shows, 118 different songs played
DateVenueTitleNo of DisksLabel/SourceSoundArt/setlist/info
1989-02/04New Orleans, LA Studio On the Move & Soniat StreetA Man With No Alibi2CDrHollow Horn/studioARecording sessions Oh Mercy. See Compilations: Hollow Horn Studio Outtakes Vol 7
1989-03-07/24New Orleans, LA Studio On the Move & Soniat StreetMercy On Us2CDrGodfather Records GR 1369Recording sessions Oh Mercy.
1989-03-01New Orleans, LADeeds of Mercy1CDrRazor's Edge 0028Oh Mercy outtakes
1989-05-00New York City, NY Power Station.Never EndingTour RehearsalsFlac/2CDMoonlight ML 9623/24 / Sbd7-8Rehearsal for the upcoming European tour. Most of the covers tried out here were not performed on this leg.
1989-06-06GlasgowScottish Exhibition And Conference Centre1CDr-A--
1989-06-07Birmingham National Exhibition CentreNo Photographs PleaseFlacWanted Man WMM 051 LB-68037Nice rockin' performance; somewhat distant sound. Under the highlights the acoustic traditional Barbara Allen and the Traveling Wilburys song Congratulations.
1989-06-08LondonWembley Arena1CDrLegendary Taper D LB-7221A-Last concert Kenny Aaronson with Dylan.
1989-06-10Den Haag, StatenhalHunted (Like A Crocodile)Flac/1CDGashcat: Gash 001 (1996)8Complete show, with a rare electric, fierce performance of Ballad Of Hollis Brown. Great sounding acoustic set.
1989-06-10Den Haag, StatenhalOn the Trail of the Buffalo1CDrHoly Grail LB-1311/SbdATony Garnier replaces Aaronson on bass.
1989-06-13Frejus, Les ArenesRingo Kid & The GunfightersFlac/2CDMainstream MAST 107/1089Only known performance of Peace In The Valley. Ringo Starr plays unannounced on drums on 2 songs.
1989-06-20RomePalazzo Della Civilta E Del Lavoro2CDr-A-
1989-06-21Cava Dei Tirreni, Stadio LambertiBound To Cross The LineFlac/1CDThinman 1068-9First performance of Pancho And Lefty (Townes van Zandt).
1989-06-28AthensPanathenaíkos Stadio2CDrLegendary Taper D LB-7240A-Electric tracks sounds a bit muddy. w/Van Morrison-duets in encores: Crazy Love, And it Stoned Me. Both tour debuts.
1989-07-01Peoria, ILCivic Center Arena1CDr-A-First show of US-leg, opens with Pancho and Lefty. First performance of One Irish Rover.
1989-08-16Atlanta, GA Troy G. Chastain Memorial Park AmphitheatreHot August Night 1989Flac/2CDNon LabelAOne Irish Rover w/Van Morrison. Second and last electric version of Trail Of The Buffalo. Debut of I'm In The Mood For Love.
1989-10-10New York City, NY, The Beacon TheatreShining At The Beacon2CDrLiberated Boot Cosmic Thills/CT50003/4A-Livedebut Oh Mercy songs: What Good Am I; Everything is Broken, Most of the Time. Fillers (B-): Nowhere Man, West LA Fadeway, Moon River, Hallelujah.
1989-10-12New York City, NYThe Beacon Theatre1CDr-A-
1989-10-31Chicago, ILArie Crown Theater2CDr Legendary Taper D LB-5461A-