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Bob Dylan 2005 Never Ending Tour

Touring Band
Bob Dylan:
vocal, electric keyboard (piano), harmonica
Stu Kimball: lead guitar
Denny Freeman: electric and acoustic guitar
Donnie Herron: violin, mandolin, pedal steel guitar
Elana Fremerman: violin (first leg only)
Tony Garnier: bass
George Recile: drums

Europe has to wait till the fall to see Dylan. The US are first with a spring tour together with Merle Haggard and a summer tour with Willie Nelson. Dylan plays Merle Haggard’s Sing Me Back Home several times, but Haggard never joins Dylan on stage. Willie Nelson does join Dylan once, on vocal & guitar on Hank William’s You Win Again. After a short Canada & US Summer North West Tour in July, Dylan tours Europe in October and November.
Just like a year earlier, the band is subject to changes. Larry Campbell is replaced by Denny Freeman on guitar and Donnie Herron on violin, mandolin and pedal steel guitar. Elana Fremerman plays violin and leafs after the show from April 22. Dylan’s voice deteriorates, he tries to cover it up with his typical up singing and, even worse, down singing at the end of each line.
No changes in the set structure.

Some releases this year: Live At The Gaslight 1962; The Bootleg Series Vol. 7: No Direction Home: The Soundtrack; The Martin Scorsese film (DVD) No Direction Home.

Recommended bootleg
Pointed Shoes And Shakespeare Hat (Rattlesnake RS 191/92). Rotterdam 2005-10-28.

2005 * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * 112 shows, 110 different songs played, 8 live debuts (6 covers) 
DateVenueTitleNo of DisksLabel/SourceSoundArt/setlist/info
2005-06-07Conshohocken, PATell Ol' Bill Sessions1CDrStudio1013 tracks of Tell Ol'Bill, recorded for the motion picture North Country.

2005-03-29DenverThe Fillmore Auditorium2CDr-A--
2005-04-15Boston, MA Orpheum TheatreRain Unraveled TalesFlac/2CDTambourine Man TMR 096/0978Third time ever Hazel was played. A wonderful Chimes of Freedom and a slowed down Mr Tambourine man. No Elana Fremerman on violin this show.
2005-04-20Verona, NY, Turning Stone Casino and Resort Events CenterBeginning To Hear Voices2CDrTambourine Man Records 098-0998-
2005-06-24Montclair, NY Yogi Berra Stadium, Montclair State UniversitySecrets Of The BreezeFlac/2CDThinman 123/124A+Audience recording in an almost perfect sound, from an excellent show. Great versions of Not Dark Yet and New Morning. Includes 7 bonus tracks from November 27 in Dublin.
2005-10-21Gotenburg, ScandinaviumScandinavium 20052CDrCrystal Cat Records 776-778Tics last track disc 1.
2005-10-28Rotterdam, AhoyPointed Shoes And Shakespeare Hats2CDrRattle Snake 191-929One of the great Dylan shows I visited. I'm fond with this great crisp and clear recording, with Bob's vocals upfront and his electric piano far behind in the mix :). And Chimes Of Freedom as one of the highlights.
2005-11-16ManchesterManchester 20052CDrCrystal Cat Records 783-849-
2005-11-18Birmingham, NECBirmingham 20052CDrCrystal Cat Records 785-869-
2005-11-20LondonBrixton Academy First Evening2CDrCrystal Cat Records 787-88AConcert opens with a live debut, the famous instrumental Rumble, as a tribute to Link Wray, who died at November 5.
2005-11-21LondonBrixton Academy Second Evening2CDrCrystal Cat Records 789-90ALive debuts Million Dollar Bash, Waiting For You and encore opener London Calling (Joe Strummer/Mick Jones). Jones is in the house this night, that's why.
2005-11-22LondonBrixton Academy Third Evening2CDrCrystal Cat Records 791-92A-
2005-11-23LondonBrixton Academy Fourth Evening2CDrCrystal Cat Records 793-94ALive debut Blue Monday (Dave Bartholomew & Antoine “Fats” Domino).