1975 THE CIRCUS IS IN TOWN

 

5     The Rolling Thunder Revue

5.1     Introduction

5.2     The show

5.3     The musicians

5.4     The dates

5.5     The songs

5.5.1     In order played

5.5.2     In Song Order

5.5.3     Known songs by Bob Neuwirth

5.5.4     Known songs by Joni Mitchell

5.5.5     Known songs by Ramblin’ Jack Elliott

5.5.6     Known songs by Joan Baez

5.5.7     Known songs by Roger McGuinn

5.6     Statistics

5.6.1     Show statistics

5.6.2     Song statistics

5.6.3     Album statistics

5.7     Comments

5.7.1     Rehearsed but never played live:

5.7.2     Soundboard tapes

5.7.3     Recommended shows

5.7.4     Rare songs from this tour

5.7.5     Songs from DESIRE

5.7.6     Solo performances

5.7.7     Duets with Joan Baez

 

 

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5                                 The Rolling Thunder Revue

5.1                           Introduction

The Rolling Thunder Revue was conceived by Bob Dylan as a traveling show that was to be on “a forever tour” appearing in small venues, coffee houses even, without much advertising or marketing hullabaloo. The Revue was to consist of a variable number of performers backed by a core band. If the Revue passed through town and a local artist felt like joining he was always welcome. Well, that was the concept anyway. And it started out pretty much that way, but during the last part of November the venues got bigger, the press coverage got more intense.

The first Rolling Thunder Revue started in Plymouth, Massachusetts and ended with the first of two benefit concerts in Madison Square Garden in New York City, 8 December. There was a second benefit concert in Houston in January. The second and last part of The Rolling Thunder Revue took place in April and May 1976.

During the first Rolling Thunder Revue Bob Dylan filmed his famous 4-hour movie Renaldo And Clara. Please refer to chapter 6 for details. All shows were taped by the Dylan crew and some were filmed. A lot of rehearsals and informal sessions etc were also filmed and later included in Renaldo & Clara.

The reporter Larry Sloman has in his book On The Road With Bob Dylan. Rolling With The Thunder a very candid and entertaining recollection of what it was like to be on tour with The Rolling Thunder Revue. An index to this invaluable book can be found in chapter 6.

5.2                           The show

A concert by the Rolling Thunder Revue consisted of two sets.

Set 1

Circa 15 songs by the group (Guam)

 

5-6 songs by Bob Dylan backed by Guam

Set 2

5 songs acoustically by Bob Dylan and Joan Baez backed by Guam

 

Circa 10 songs by Joan Baez and Roger McGuinn backed by Guam

 

1-3 songs by Bob Dylan solo

 

5-6 songs by Bob Dylan backed by Guam

There were no encores!

 

5.3                           The musicians

The band called Guam consisted of:

Scarlet Rivera (violin),

T-Bone J. Henry Burnett (guitar, piano),

Steven Soles (guitar),

Mick Ronson (guitar),

David Mansfield (steel guitar, mandolin, violin, dobro),

Rob Stoner (bass),

Luther Rix (drums, perc., congas),

Howie Wyeth (drums, piano),

Bob Neuwirth (guitar),

Roger McGuinn (guitar),

Ronee Blakley (vocal).

 

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5.4                           The dates

October

 

New York City, New York

Studio Instrumental Rentals, Rehearsals

PA

30

Plymouth, Massachusetts

War Memorial Auditorium

MA(I)

31

Plymouth, Massachusetts

War Memorial Auditorium

MA, PA

November

  1

North Dartmouth, Massachusetts

South Eastern Massachusetts University

-

  2

Lowell, Massachusetts

Technical University

SA, PA (I)

  4

Providence, Rhode Island

Civic Center – Afternoon

MA

  4

Providence, Rhode Island

Civic Center – Evening

SA

  6

Springfield, Massachusetts

Civic Center – Afternoon

SA

  6

Springfield, Massachusetts

Civic Center – Evening

MA

  8

Burlington, Vermont

Patrick Gymnasium, University Of Vermont

MA(I)

  9

Durham, New Hampshire

University Of New Hampshire

MA(I)

11

Waterbury, Connecticut

Palace Theater

SA, PA

13

New Haven, Connecticut

Veterans Memorial Coliseum – Afternoon

MA

13

New Haven, Connecticut

Veterans Memorial Coliseum – Evening

MA

15

Niagara Falls, New York

Convention Center – Afternoon

-

15

Niagara Falls, New York

Convention Center – Evening

SA

17

Rochester, New York

War Memorial Coliseum – Afternoon

MA

17

Rochester, New York

War Memorial Coliseum – Evening

MA

19

Worcester, Massachusetts

Memorial Auditorium

MA

20

Cambridge, Massachusetts

Harvard Square Theater

SA

21

Boston, Massachusetts

Boston Music Hall – Afternoon

MA

21

Boston, Massachusetts

Boston Music Hall – Evening

SA, PA

22

Waltham, Massachusetts

Shapiro Gymnasium, Brandeis University

MA

24

Hartford, Connecticut

Civic Center Arena

MA

26

Augusta, Maine

Civic Center

SA

27

Bangor, Maine

Municipal Auditorium

MA

29

Quebec City, Quebec, Canada

Le Colisée de Québec

MA

December

  1

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Maple Leaf Gardens

SA

  2

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Maple Leaf Gardens

SA

  4

Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Forum de Montreal

MA

  7

Clinton, New Jersey

Correctional Institution for Women

PA(I)

  8

New York City, New York

Madison Square Garden

MA

 

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MA                mono audience recording

SA                 stereo audience recording

-                    no recording

 I                    incomplete recording


5.5                           The songs

S = acoustic solo, AB = duet with Joan Baez, backed by Guam

5.5.1                       In order played

 

 

Oct

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

November

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

30

31

1

2

4

4

6

6

8

9

11

13

13

15

15

17

17

When I Paint My Masterpiece

 

1

1

1

 

1

1

1

1

1

1

1

1

1

1

1

1

1

It Ain't Me, Babe

 

2

2

2

1

2

2

2

2

2

2

2

2

2

2

2

2

2

A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall

 

3

3

3

2

4

3

 

3

3

3

3

 

3

 

 

 

 

Romance In Durango

 

4

4

4

3

3

4

4

4

4

4

4

4

4

4

5

5

5

Isis

 

5

5

5

4

5

5

5

5

5

5

5

5

5

5

6

6

6

The Times They Are A-Changin'

AB

6

6

6

 

 

6

 

6

 

 

 

6

 

6

 

 

7

Never Let Me Go

AB

7

7

7

 

7

7

8

9

 

9

9

8

9

8

9

10

11

The Lonesome Death Of Hattie Carroll

AB

8

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I Shall Be Released

AB

9

9

9

8

9

9

9

10

9

10

10

10

10

10

11

11

12

Mr. Tambourine Man

S

10

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Oh, Sister

 

11

12

12

11

11

11

11

 

11

12

12

12

13

12

14

13

14

Hurricane

 

12

11

11

10

12

12

12

12

12

13

13

13

14

13

15

14

15

One More Cup Of Coffee

 

13

13

13

12

13

13

13

13

13

14

14

14

15

14

16

15

16

Sara

 

14

14

14

13

14

14

14

14

14

15

15

15

16

15

17

16

17

Just Like A Woman

 

15

15

15

14

15

15

15

15

15

16

16

16

17

16

18

17

18

Mama, You Been On My Mind

AB

 

8

8

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

10

8

9

I Don't Believe You

S

 

10

10

 

 

 

10

 

 

 

 

 

11

 

 

 

 

This Land Is Your Land

 

 

16

16

16

17

17

17

17

17

18

18

18

19

18

20

19

20

Unknown Song 1

AB

 

 

 

5

 

 

 

 

6

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Unknown Song 2

AB

 

 

 

6

 

 

 

 

7

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Unknown Song 3

AB

 

 

 

7

 

 

 

 

8

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Unknown Song 4

S

 

 

 

9

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Knockin' On Heaven's Door

 

 

 

 

15

16

16

16

16

16

17

17

17

18

 

19

18

19

Blowin' In The Wind

AB

 

 

 

 

6

 

 

 

 

6

6

 

6

 

7

7

 

The Water Is Wide

AB

 

 

 

 

8

 

6

7

 

7

7

 

7

7

 

 

 

With God On Our Side

S

 

 

 

 

10

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I Dreamed I Saw St. Augustine

AB

 

 

 

 

 

8

7

8

 

8

8

9

8

9

8

9

 

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

S

 

 

 

 

 

10

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Lonesome Death Of Hattie Carroll

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3

 

 

 

 

3

 

3

4

3

3

Unknown Song

S

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

11

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Simple Twist Of Fate

S

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

10

11

11

 

12

11

 

12

 

Dark As A Dungeon

AB

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

7

 

 

 

 

10

Tangled Up In Blue

S

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

11

 

 

13

 

13

Like A Rolling Stone

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

17

 

 

 

It Takes A Lot To Laugh

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3

4

4

Love Minus Zero/No Limit

S

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

12

 

 

Wild Mountain Thyme

AB

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

8

Total # of songs

 

15

16

16

16

17

17

17

17

17

18

18

18

19

18

20

19

20

 

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November

 

 

 

 

 

 

December

 

 

 

 

 

19

20

21

21

22

24

26

27

29

1

2

4

7

8

S

When I Paint My Masterpiece

 

1

1

1

1

1

1

1

1

1

1

1

1

1

1

30

It Ain't Me, Babe

 

2

2

2

2

2

2

2

2

2

2

2

2

 

2

30

A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall

 

 

 

4

 

 

5

 

5

 

 

4

5

3

 

17

Romance In Durango

 

5

5

5

5

5

6

6

6

5

6

5

6

 

6

30

Isis

 

6

6

6

6

6

7

7

7

6

7

6

7

 

7

30

The Times They Are A-Changin'

AB

 

 

7

 

7

 

 

8

 

8

 

 

 

8

13

Never Let Me Go

AB

 

 

10

 

10

11

12

 

 

10

 

11

 

11

22

The Lonesome Death Of Hattie Carroll

AB

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1

I Shall Be Released

AB

11

11

11

11

11

12

13

12

11

12

11

13

5

13

31

Mr. Tambourine Man

S

 

 

12

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

12

 

 

 

3

Oh, Sister

 

13

13

13

14

14

15

16

15

14

16

14

17

 

16

29

Hurricane

 

14

14

14

15

15

16

17

16

15

17

15

18

6

17

31

One More Cup Of Coffee

 

15

15

15

16

16

17

18

17

16

18

16

19

 

18

30

Sara

 

16

16

16

17

17

18

19

18

17

19

17

20

 

19

30

Just Like A Woman

 

17

17

17

18

18

19

20

19

18

20

18

21

 

20

30

Mama, You Been On My Mind

AB

9

9

9

9

9

10

10

10

9

 

9

10

 

10

17

I Don't Believe You

S

 

 

 

12

 

 

 

13

 

 

 

 

 

 

6

This Land Is Your Land

 

19

19

19

20

20

21

22

21

20

22

20

23

 

22

29

Unknown Song 1

AB

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2

Unknown Song 2

AB

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2

Unknown Song 3

AB

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2

Unknown Song 4

S

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1

Knockin' On Heaven's Door

 

18

18

18

19

19

20

21

20

19

21

19

22

7

21

27

Blowin' In The Wind

AB

7

7

 

7

 

8

8

 

7

 

7

8

4

 

15

The Water Is Wide

AB

 

 

 

8

 

 

11

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

9

With God On Our Side

S

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1

I Dreamed I Saw St. Augustine

AB

 

 

8

 

 

 

 

9

10

11

 

12

 

12

16

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

S

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1

The Lonesome Death Of Hattie Carroll

 

3

3

3

3

3

3

3

3

3

3

3

3

2

3

20

Unknown Song

S

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1

Simple Twist Of Fate

S

 

12

 

 

 

14

15

14

13

15

 

 

 

15

13

Dark As A Dungeon

AB

10

10

 

10

8

9

9

11

8

9

10

9

 

9

14

Tangled Up In Blue

S

12

 

 

13

13

 

 

 

 

 

13

16

 

 

8

Like A Rolling Stone

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1

It Takes A Lot To Laugh

 

4

4

 

4

 

 

5

 

 

5

 

 

 

5

9

Love Minus Zero/No Limit

S

 

 

 

 

12

13

 

 

12

14

 

15

 

14

7

Wild Mountain Thyme

AB

8

8

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

8

 

 

 

4

Tonight I'll Be Staying Here With You

 

 

 

 

 

4

4

4

4

4

4

 

4

 

4

8

Fourth Time Around

S

 

 

 

 

 

 

14

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1

It's All Over Now, Baby Blue

S

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

13

 

14

 

 

2

Total # of songs

 

19

19

19

20

20

21

22

21

20

22

20

23

7

22

573

 

 

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5.5.2                       In Song Order

 

 

Oct

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

November

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

30

31

1

2

4

4

6

6

8

9

11

13

13

15

15

17

17

Blowin' In The Wind

AB

 

 

 

 

6

 

 

 

 

6

6

 

6

 

7

7

 

Dark As A Dungeon

AB

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

7

 

 

 

 

10

Fourth Time Around

S

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall

 

3

3

3

2

4

3

 

3

3

3

3

 

3

 

 

 

 

Hurricane

 

12

11

11

10

12

12

12

12

12

13

13

13

14

13

15

14

15

I Don't Believe You

S

 

10

10

 

 

 

10

 

 

 

 

 

11

 

 

 

 

I Dreamed I Saw St. Augustine

AB

 

 

 

 

 

8

7

8

 

8

8

9

8

9

8

9

 

I Shall Be Released

AB

9

9

9

8

9

9

9

10

9

10

10

10

10

10

11

11

12

Isis

 

5

5

5

4

5

5

5

5

5

5

5

5

5

5

6

6

6

It Ain't Me, Babe

 

2

2

2

1

2

2

2

2

2

2

2

2

2

2

2

2

2

It Takes A Lot To Laugh

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3

4

4

It's All Over Now, Baby Blue

S

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

S

 

 

 

 

 

10

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Just Like A Woman

 

15

15

15

14

15

15

15

15

15

16

16

16

17

16

18

17

18

Knockin' On Heaven's Door

 

 

 

 

15

16

16

16

16

16

17

17

17

18

 

19

18

19

Like A Rolling Stone