Bob Dylan 2002 Never Ending Tour
Bob Dylan: vocal, electric and acoustic guitar, electric keyboard (piano), harmonica
Larry Campbell: electric and acoustic guitar, back-up vocal, fiddle, pedal steel and lap steel guitar, electric & acoustic slide guitar, dobro, bouzouki, mandolin, cittern,
Charlie Sexton: electric and acoustic guitar, back-up vocal
Tony Garnier: double bass and bass guitar
George Recile: drums, apart from amount of Europe leg
Jim Keltner: drums, parts of Europe Tour
Only four legs (three US, one Europe) this year due to Dylan’s contribution to the film Masked And Anonymous in Los Angeles. But small to increasingly large changes announce a drastic change of course for the future years of the NET.
A small one is the replacement of David Kemper on drums by George Recile. The last part of the Europe Tour he in turn is replaced temporarily by Jim Keltner.
The show structure with acoustic and electric songs is unchanged in the first three legs. Then, starting in Seattle, things change completely. Dylan plays most of the songs on electric piano, so a lot of acoustic songs get an electric touch.
The alternation of short sets of acoustic and electric songs are gone. The main set consists of 18 songs, followed by two or three encores. Dylans songs are interspersed with a large variety of covers, from Brown Sugar (Rolling Stones) to tributes to the terminal ill Warren Zevon and his late ‘such a good buddy’ George Harrison (Something).
And then the announcement of His Bobness! The usual ‘Ladies and gentleman, would you please welcome Columbia recording artist Bob Dylan’ sounded completely different and not Dylan-like from 15 August (Erie County Fair in Hamburg, NY) on.
‘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 and released some of the strongest music of his career beginning in the late ’90s’.
Jeff Miers, a journalist, wrote the words in his preview for the festival. He didn’t know this would be used for concert announcements for the next years.
In 2002 Dylan receives another Grammy, this time for Best Contemporary Folk Album for Love And Theft. The Bootleg Series Vol. 5 – Bob Dylan Live 1975: The Rolling Thunder Revue is released.
Newport 2002 ( Crystal Cat Records CC 655-56). Newport Folk Festival 2002-08-03.
For those who want to enjoy the best covers from the last leg: Tribute To The Martyrs (Rattle Snake RS 138/39). Contains the complete concert of Elmira, NY plus 6 interesting bonustracks.
|2002 * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * 107 shows, 128 different songs played, 12 live debuts (10 covers)|
|Date||Venue||Title||No of Disks||Label/Source||Sound||Art/setlist/info|
|2002-02-02||Tampa, FL Ice Palace Arena||Surviving In A Ruthless World||Flac/2CD||Filou FLU-0015||8||Dickie Betts playing a great guitar solo on Rainy Day Women. Bonus tracks: Reunion Arena Dallas, TX 2002-02-22.|
|2002-02-08||Winston-Salem, NC Joel Veterans Center||LJVM 2002||Flac/2CD||Tambourine Man Records TMR 034/035||8||-|
|2002-02-09||Atlanta, GA, Philips Arena||He Is The Man||2CDr||RattleSnake 134-35/Sbd||10||-|
|2002-02-09||Atlanta, GA, Philips Arena||All Ages Catch Dylan||Flac/2CD||Mainstream MSBR-41/42/Remastered Sbd||10||Almost no audience noise at all.|
|2002-02-10||Charlotte, NC||Dark Suit & White Cowboy Hat||2CDr||Tambourine Man Records 038-039||9||-|
|2002-04-05||Stockholm||Stockholm 2002||2CDr||Crystal Cat Records 615-16||9||-|
|2002-04-07||Oslo||Oslo 2002||Flac/2CD||Crystal Cat Records 617-618||9||-|
|2002-04-08||Copenhagen, The Forum||Copenhagen 2002||Flac/2CD||Crystal Cat Records 619/20||9||-|
|2002-04-09||Hamburg, Alsterdorfer Sporthalle||Hamburg 2002||2CDr||Crystal Cat Records 621-22||9||-|
|2002-04-11||Berlin, Arena||Berlin 2002||2CDr||Crystal Cat Records 623-24||9||-|
|2002-04-11||Berlin, Arena||Almost Worth a Price||Flac/2CD||Free Bob Records FBR 1-110402-2-1(2)||8||Bonus tracks: Gaumont Theatre, Sheffield, 1966-05-6.|
|2002-04-16||Stuttgart, Schleyerhalle||Solid Rock 2002||2CDr||A Free Bob Records/1-160402-2-1||9-10||-|
|2002-04-21||Zürich, Hallenstadion||Man Of Constant Sorrow||Flac||Filou/FLU-022||9||-|
|2002-04-28||Brussels, Forest National||Brussels 2002||2CDr||Crystal Cat Records 625-26||9||First and great acoustic version When I Paint My Masterpiece.|
|2002-04-28||Brussels, Forest National||And Then I Landed In Brussels||Flac/2CD||Rattlesnake 116/117||8||-|
|2002-04-29||Paris, Le Zénith||Paris First 2002||2CDr||Crystal Cat Records 627-28||9||-|
|2002-04-30||Paris, Le Zénith||Paris Second 2002||2CDr||Crystal Cat Records 629-30||9||Bob in top shape here.|
|2002-05-02||Rotterdam, Ahoy||Rotterdam 2002||Flac||Crystal Cat Records 631-632||A+||Masters Of War a highlight. First acoustic version ever I Threw It All Away.|
|2002-05-02||Rotterdam, Ahoy||Sharp Eyed Senor of the Lowlands||2CDr||Rattlesnake 114-15||8||-|
|2002-05-04||Brighton||Brighton 2002||2CD||Crystal Cat Records 633-34||9||First acoustic version If Not For You.|
|2002-05-05||Bournemouth, International Centre||Bournemouth 2002||2CD||Crystal Cat Records 635-36||8.5||-|
|2002-05-06||Cardiff, International Arena||Cardiff 2002||2CD||Crystal Cat Records 637-38||9||-|
|2002-05-08||Newcastle, Telewest Arena||Newcastle 2002||2CD||Crystal Cat Records 639-40||9||-|
|2002-05-09||Manchester, MEN Arena||Manchester 2002||2CD||Crystal Cat Records 641-42||9||Great bluegrass-opener Maggie's Farm & a acoustic Señor.|
|2002-05-10||Birmingham, NEC Arena||Birmingham 2002||2CDr||Crystal Cat Records 643-44||9||-|
|2002-05-11||London, London Arena Docklands||London First 2002||2CDr||Crystal Cat Records 645-46||9||-|
|2002-05-12||London, London Arena Docklands||London Second 2002||2CDr||Crystal Cat Records 647-48||9||First acoustic version If You See Her, Say Hello since 1976-04-27.|
|2002-08-03||Newport, Fort Stage||Newport 2002||2CDr||Crystal Cat Records 655-56||9-10||Bonus: Augusta, ME & Southampton, NY.|
|2002-08-06||Halifax, The Metro||Blind Willie In Nova Scotia||Flac||Tambourine Man Records/TMR-044/45||8||Bonus: Augusta, ME 2002-08-04.|
|2002-08-18||Baltimore, MD||Pimlico Race Track||Flac||Crystal Cat master||A||Harley-Davidson 100th Anniversary Open Road Tour. First version Quinn The Eskimo (The Mighty Quinn) since Isle Of Wight 1969-08-31.|
|2002-10-07||Red Bluff, CA Tehama Fairgrounds||Red Bluff 2002||2CDr||Crystal Cat Records 657-58||9||Great show, recording and covers: Accidentally Like A Martyr & Mutineer (Warren Zevon); Brown Sugar (Jagger/Richards); Bonus tracks: Berkeley, CA 2002-10-12.|
|2002-10-11||Berkeley||Berkeley 2002||2CDr||Crystal Cat Records 659-60||9||Some great covers: Accidentally Like A Martyr & Mutineer (Warren Zevon); Brown Sugar (Jagger/Richards); Old Man (Neil Young).|
|2002-10-28||Kansas City||Kansas City 2002||2CDr||Crystal Cat Records 680-81||9||Again a lot of covers: Accidentally Like A Martyr & Mutineer (Warren Zevon); Brown Sugar (Jagger/Richards); Old Man (Neil Young). Bonus tracks: Boom Boom Mancini & Lawyers Guns & Money (Warren Zevon); Friend Of The Devil (Garcia/Dawson/Hunter); Carrying A Torch (Van Morrison).
|2002-10-30||St Paul, MN||St Paul 2002||2CDr||Crystal Cat Records 682-83||9||Covers played: The End Of The Innocence (Henley/Hornsby); Brown Sugar (Jagger/Richards); Mutineer (Warren Zevon). Bonus cover: Voice From On High (Bill Monroe/Mauldin),|
|2002-11-09||Elmira||Tribute to the Martyrs||2CD||Rattlesnake 138-39||8||Original silverdiscs. Including show & bonus tracks this bootleg counts 10 covers.|
|2002-11-13||New York, NY Madison Square Garden||Second Amazing Night||2CDr||Tambourine Man Records 055-056||8||Dylan closed the concert with an extra encore, a tribute to his passed buddy George Harrison: Something. Fillers: Philadelphia, PA 2002-11-15.|
|2002-11-05||Philadelphia, PA First Union Center||Then Came The Warnin'||Flac/2CD||Thinman 143/144||A||One of the great fall shows. In the bonus tracks a few Warren Zevon songs: Boom Boom Mancini (October 4), Lawyers Guns And Money (October 5) and Mutineer (October 7).|