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Bob Dylan 2002 Never Ending Tour

Touring Band
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.

Recommended bootlegs
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)
DateVenueTitleNo of DisksLabel/SourceSoundArt/setlist/info
2002-02-01Fort Lauderdale, FL National Car Rental CenterTangled In TampaFlac/2CDUnkownAWrong title, this show is from the night before Tampa.
2002-02-02Tampa, FL Ice Palace ArenaSurviving In A Ruthless WorldFlac/2CDFilou FLU-00158Dickie Betts playing a great guitar solo on Rainy Day Women. Bonus tracks: Reunion Arena Dallas, TX 2002-02-22.
2002-02-08Winston-Salem, NC Joel Veterans CenterLJVM 2002Flac/2CDTambourine Man Records TMR 034/0358-
2002-02-09Atlanta, GA, Philips ArenaHe Is The Man2CDrRattleSnake 134-35/Sbd10-
2002-02-09Atlanta, GA, Philips ArenaAll Ages Catch DylanFlac/2CDMainstream MSBR-41/42/Remastered Sbd10Almost no audience noise at all.
2002-02-09Atlanta, GA, Philips ArenaGot A Line On YouFlac/2CDWild Wolf 2902-A/B Sbd9.5This is the sound quality you want: crisp and clear. Rating 'lowered from 10 due to packaging'
2002-02-10Charlotte, NCDark Suit & White Cowboy Hat2CDrTambourine Man Records 038-0399-
2002-04-05StockholmStockholm 20022CDrCrystal Cat Records 615-169-
2002-04-07OsloOslo 2002Flac/2CDCrystal Cat Records 617-6189-
2002-04-08Copenhagen, The ForumCopenhagen 2002Flac/2CDCrystal Cat Records 619/209-
2002-04-09Hamburg, Alsterdorfer SporthalleHamburg 20022CDrCrystal Cat Records 621-229-
2002-04-11Berlin, ArenaBerlin 20022CDrCrystal Cat Records 623-249-
2002-04-11Berlin, ArenaAlmost Worth a PriceFlac/2CDFree Bob Records FBR 1-110402-2-1(2)8Bonus tracks: Gaumont Theatre, Sheffield, 1966-05-6.
2002-04-16Stuttgart, SchleyerhalleSolid Rock 20022CDrA Free Bob Records/1-160402-2-19-10-
2002-04-21Zürich, HallenstadionMan Of Constant SorrowFlacFilou/FLU-0229-
2002-04-28Brussels, Forest NationalBrussels 20022CDrCrystal Cat Records 625-269First and great acoustic version When I Paint My Masterpiece.
2002-04-28Brussels, Forest NationalAnd Then I Landed In BrusselsFlac/2CDRattlesnake 116/117 8-
2002-04-29Paris, Le ZénithParis First 20022CDrCrystal Cat Records 627-289-
2002-04-30Paris, Le ZénithParis Second 20022CDrCrystal Cat Records 629-309Bob in top shape here.
2002-05-02Rotterdam, AhoyRotterdam 2002FlacCrystal Cat Records 631-632A+Masters Of War a highlight. First acoustic version ever I Threw It All Away.
2002-05-02Rotterdam, AhoySharp Eyed Senor of the Lowlands2CDrRattlesnake 114-158-
2002-05-04BrightonBrighton 20022CDCrystal Cat Records 633-349First acoustic version If Not For You.
2002-05-05Bournemouth, International CentreBournemouth 20022CDCrystal Cat Records 635-368.5-
2002-05-06Cardiff, International ArenaCardiff 20022CDCrystal Cat Records 637-389-
2002-05-08Newcastle, Telewest ArenaNewcastle 20022CDCrystal Cat Records 639-409-
2002-05-09Manchester, MEN ArenaManchester 20022CDCrystal Cat Records 641-429Great bluegrass-opener Maggie's Farm & a acoustic Señor.
2002-05-10Birmingham, NEC ArenaBirmingham 20022CDrCrystal Cat Records 643-449-
2002-05-11London, London Arena DocklandsLondon First 20022CDrCrystal Cat Records 645-469-
2002-05-12London, London Arena DocklandsLondon Second 20022CDrCrystal Cat Records 647-489First acoustic version If You See Her, Say Hello since 1976-04-27.
2002-08-03Newport, Fort StageNewport 20022CDrCrystal Cat Records 655-569-10Bonus: Augusta, ME & Southampton, NY.
2002-08-06Halifax, The MetroBlind Willie In Nova ScotiaFlacTambourine Man Records/TMR-044/458Bonus: Augusta, ME 2002-08-04.
2002-08-18Baltimore, MDPimlico Race TrackFlacCrystal Cat masterAHarley-Davidson 100th Anniversary Open Road Tour. First version Quinn The Eskimo (The Mighty Quinn) since Isle Of Wight 1969-08-31.
2002-10-07Red Bluff, CA Tehama FairgroundsRed Bluff 20022CDrCrystal Cat Records 657-589Great show, recording and covers: Accidentally Like A Martyr & Mutineer (Warren Zevon); Brown Sugar (Jagger/Richards); Bonus tracks: Berkeley, CA 2002-10-12.
2002-10-11BerkeleyBerkeley 20022CDrCrystal Cat Records 659-609Some great covers: Accidentally Like A Martyr & Mutineer (Warren Zevon); Brown Sugar (Jagger/Richards); Old Man (Neil Young).
2002-10-28Kansas CityKansas City 20022CDrCrystal Cat Records 680-819Again 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).

2002-10-30St Paul, MNSt Paul 20022CDrCrystal Cat Records 682-839Covers played: The End Of The Innocence (Henley/Hornsby); Brown Sugar (Jagger/Richards); Mutineer (Warren Zevon). Bonus cover: Voice From On High (Bill Monroe/Mauldin),
2002-11-09ElmiraTribute to the Martyrs2CDRattlesnake 138-398Original silverdiscs. Including show & bonus tracks this bootleg counts 10 covers.
2002-11-13New York, NY Madison Square GardenSecond Amazing Night2CDrTambourine Man Records 055-0568Dylan closed the concert with an extra encore, a tribute to his passed buddy George Harrison: Something. Fillers: Philadelphia, PA 2002-11-15.
2002-11-05Philadelphia, PA First Union CenterThen Came The Warnin'Flac/2CDThinman 143/144AOne 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).