1               INTRODUCTION

It was a high-profile year for Bob Dylan. The first volume of his autobiography, Chronicles, was finally published in October and an updated of  Lyrics just a week later. At the end of the year an exhibition called Bob Dylan’s American Journey 1956-1966 opened at the Experience Music Project in Seattle, Washington.

And of course the Never-Ending Tour kept rolling on. This year Dylan played 111 concerts in US and Europe.


2               2004 AT A GLANCE


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3               THE 2004 CALENDAR

25 January

Bob Dylan films a tv commercial, Angels in Venice, featuring his song Love Sick, for the lingerie company Victoria's Secret in Venice, Italy.

7 February

Dylan is a celebrity guest at the Art For Aids III event, in the St. Regis Monarch Beach Resort & Spa, Laguna Beach, California.

28 February

Dylan starts  33-stop Spring tour in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Richie Hayward has now joined the band and is sharing the drumming and percussion with George Recile. During this tour several cities gets three or more shows at the same venue, among them St. Louis, Missouri, Chicago, Illinois, Detroit, Michigan, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, and Boston, Massachusetts.

8 March

Dylan’s guitar technician Tommy “Mad Dog” Morrongiello plays guitar on Summer Days. He returns to the stage for ten more shows this year.

16 March

At the second show in Detroit, Michigan an extra encore is played, Get Out Of Denver by Bob Seger.

17 March

Jack White from The White Stripes guests on vocal and guitar on an extra encore, his own Ball And Biscuit at the third show in Detroit, Michigan.

28 March

Dylan and the band records A Change Is Gonna Come by Sam Cooke at the Apollo Theater in New York City, New York. The second take is broadcast in the NBC TV program Apollo at 70: A Hot Night In Harlem, 19 June 2004.

29 March

The Bootleg Series Vol. 6: Live 1964: Concert At Philharmonic Hall is released.

2 April

The show at the 9:30 Club in Washington, DC features the first regular concert performance of Hazel.

4 April

Richie Hayward plays his last show with Bob Dylan at the Warner Theater on in Washington, DC.

4 April

Los Angeles Times publishes an interview with Dylan by Robert Hilburn.

9 April

Unbelievable returns to the set for the first time in almost nine years at the show in The Orange Peel, Asheville, North Carolina. The last time was in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 21 June 1995!

5 May

Bob Dylan plays guitar and sings with Willie Nelson accompanied by The Family in Wiltern Theatre, Los Angeles, California. They perform You Win Again which is later broadcast in the TV special Willie Nelson & Friends: Outlaws and Angels 31 May 2004..

4 June

A short six-stop warm-up tour starts at Meadowbrook Music Arts Center Pavilion in Gilford, New Hampshire.

7 June

Backed by the Wynton Marsalis Septet Dylan performs two songs, It Takes A Lot To Laugh, It Takes A Train To Cry and Don't Think Twice, It's All Right at the Jazz at Lincoln Center's 2004 Spring Gala.

11 June

Dylan plays The Bonnaroo Music Festival for the first time and offers an unusual set with four covers, Samson And Delilah, Sing Me Back Home, You Win Again and Pancho And Lefty, the first two being live debuts.

18 June

The perennial tour of Europe starts in Cardiff, Wales.

20 June

Bob Dylan headlines The Fleadh, Finsbury Park, London, England, supported by Counting Crows, The Charlatans, Christy Moore, Billy Bragg, John Prine, Kathryn Williams and others. Ron Wood plats electric guitar.

23 June

Bob Dylan is awarded an honorary degree of Doctor of Music from the University of St. Andrew's, Scotland.

18 July

The European tour ends after 21 shows in Vilar de Mouros, Portugal.

4 August

A summer tour with Willie Nelson starts with a warm-up show in Poughkeepsie, New York. Willie Nelson is not present at this show but is the opening act for the rest of the tour.

12 August

For the first time during the tour Willie Nelson joins Dylan on stage. They perform Milk Cow Blues with Lucas Nelson on guitar.

17 August

At the show in Charleston, South Carolina. Willie Nelson again joins Dylan, this time on I Shall Be Released.

20 August

Elana Fremerman plays violin on the first two songs To Be Alone With You and I'll Be Your Baby Tonight at the show in Jackson, Tennessee.

21 August

Bob Dylan and Willie Nelson again duet on I Shall Be Released, this with Lucas Nelson on guitar and Michael Nelson on percussion.

27 August

At the show in Madison, Wisconsin Heartland is performed live for the first time, a song Bob Dylan and Willie Nelson co-wrote, recorded in October 1992 and released as a duet on Willie Nelson’s album Across The Borderline. Again with Lucas Nelson on guitar and Michael Nelson on percussion.

4 September

The US Summer tour ends after 22 shows in Kansas City, Missouri.

12 September

Drummer Kenny Buttrey dies in Nashville, Tennessee.

27 September

Bob Dylan is interviewed by David Gates from Newsweek.

29 September

Bob Dylan is interviewed by John Preston from Sunday Telegraph.

30 September

Jacques Levy dies at the age of 69.

4 October

Simon & Schuster publishes Bob Dylan's autobiographical memoir Chronicles Vol. 1
It will go on to spend nineteen weeks on the New York Times non-fiction bestseller list, peaking at No 2 in January of 2005.

5 October

Bob Dylan is interviewed by Edna Gundersen in USA Today.

12 October

Simon & Schuster publishes Lyrics 1962-2001 by Bob Dylan.

19 October

The US Fall College Tour starts with a show in The Grand Ballroom at The Regency Center in San Francisco, California. The set-list included No More One More Time by Troy Seal and Dave Kirby, last played in Linz, Austria 15 June 1991.

19 November

Bob Dylan gives his first television interview in nineteen years to Ed Bradley from CBS. On the same evening, he makes an appearance in animated form on The Simpsons.

20 November

The exhibition Bob Dylan’s American Journey 1956-1966 opens at the Experience Music Project in Seattle, Washington.

21 November

The last show of the Fall tour is played in Gordon Track and Tennis Center at the Harvard University in Allston, Massachusetts.

5 December

Parts of the Ed Bradley interview is broadcast in the CBS show 60 Minutes.




4.1         The Bootleg Series Vol. 6: Live 1964: Concert At Philharmonic Hall

Columbia Legacy 512358 2,  released 29 March 2004.

The 6th volume of The Bootleg Series contains the 1964 Halloween Concert in Philharmonic Hall in New York City:

CD 1:

1.  The Times They Are A-Changin'     

2.  Spanish Harlem Incident           

3.  Talking John Birch Paranoid Blues 

4.  To Ramona                         

5.  Who Killed Davey Moore?           

6.  Gates Of Eden                     

7.  If You Gotta Go, Go Now           

8.  It's Alright, Ma (I'm Only Bleeding)

9.  I Don't Believe You (She Acts Like We Never Have Met)      

10.  Mr. Tambourine Man                 

11.  A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall  

CD 2:   

12.  Talking World War III Blues       

13.  Don't Think Twice, It's All Right 

14.  The Lonesome Death Of Hattie Carroll

15.  Mama, You've Been On My Mind      

16.  Silver Dagger (trad.)  

17.  With God On Our Side              

18.  It Ain't Me Babe                  

19.  All I Really Want To Do 

For further information please refer to the corresponding session page.


4.2         Web Bob

The official Bob Dylan homepage on the Internet,, featured the following tracks in 2004:

Down Along The Cove

2 March 2004

The Pageant, St. Louis, Missouri

It Ain't Me, Babe

7 March 2004

Vic Theatre, Chicago, Illinois

It's All Over Now, Baby Blue

7 March 2004

Vic Theatre, Chicago, Illinois

It Ain't Me, Babe

21 March 2004

Kool Haus, Toronto, Ontario, Canada


2 April 2004

Warner Theater, Washington, DC

Most Likely You Go Your Way (And I'll Go Mine)

2 April 2004

Warner Theater, Washington, DC

Tryin’ To Get To Heaven

4 April 2004

Warner Theater, Washington, DC

Samson And Delilah

11 June 2004

Bonnaroo Festival, Manchester, Tennessee

Sing Me Back Home

11 June 2004

Bonnaroo Festival, Manchester, Tennessee

Pancho & Lefty

11 June 2004

Bonnaroo Festival, Manchester, Tennessee

You Win Again

11 June 2004

Bonnaroo Festival, Manchester, Tennessee


4.3         New circulating recording

A new longer tape from the BBC TV play Madhouse On Castle Street including Hang Me, Cuckoo Bird, The Ballad of The Gliding Swan and Blowin’ In The Wing appeared plus some additional dialogue.