Best Performances from the Bob Dylan 30th Anniversary ConcertBillyv On Oct 16, 1992 many diverse and popular artists gathered at MSG in New York City to celebrate the songs and music of Bob Dylan on the 30th anniversary of his first recordings in a four hour show. Dubbed "Bobfest" by Neil Young, it was broadcast around the world. Many notable performers and some of the greatest supporting musicians made great contributions. Available on CD and video.
The list concept isn't just about the better song or favorite performers; it's a combo of the delivery, the song, the person, and I decided not to consider weighing in sentiment or song or importance of Dylan's own solo lead performances for the top ten, although some quite strong he wasn't at his best vocally and so many of the others were fantastic in salute and tribute.
The Top Ten
What an incredible group of musicians. - PetSounds
If only Roy Orbison could have been there for a Travelin Wilbury reunion.
I need to give G.E. Smith credit for a phenomenal job as musical director of the entire show as well as guitar and mandolin work. He really arranged things well and kept things flowing. And Booker T and the M.G. S were magnificent as the house name supporting many diverse artists and styles! - BillyvV 2 Comments
Great, creative Gospel like rendition with strong vocals. - Billyv
George's first U.S. performance in 20 years at the time. Of course, he and Dylan had many strong connections and interactions; Dylan was featured at Harrison's Concert for Bangladesh, which was Dylan's return to the stage after a motorcycle accident and time off. - Billyv
Clapton is one of many who cover Dylan well. - Billyv
Winter did a nice, fun job with this one. - Billyv
Not Hendrix of course but Neil was more than up to the task. I had a little trouble deciding which of his 2 song efforts to put here but this song's status and popularity swung the ranking. - Billyv
A beautiful, subdued and expressive rendition. Willie hit the mark on the delivery of this one. - Billyv
I've long been an admirer of Richie Haven's voice and acoustic playing. He covered a lot of Dylan songs and this is one of my favorites of Bob"s which I love to sing. And Richie does it so well. - Billyv
I'm a huge fan of Chrissie and the Pretenders and she really seemed to be enjoying herself here, and with a great intro of George Harrison a bit later in the show - Billyv
Solid performance but got the number ten spot over other worthy candidates as it opened the show and got things off to a terrific start. - Billyv
Looking in awe at the above setlist and musician lineup, could we maybe get Ted Nugent to sneak in to some 2015 "music" concert and go full-auto to annihilate all the current posers, fakers, frauds, ripoff artists, twerkers, lip-synchers, and auto-tuned androids.
Solo acoustic to close the show - Billyv
Booker T, Steve Cropper, Don "Duck" Dunn, Anton Fig, Jim Keltner providing solid work as the house band backing most performances - Billyv
A lesser known song that Ron Wood did a good job with, sounding somewhat like Dylan. - Billyv
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