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Bob Dylan 2004 Never Ending Tour

Touring Band
Bob Dylan:
vocal, electric keyboard (piano), harmonica
Larry Campbell: electric and acoustic guitar, fiddle, pedal steel guitar, lap steel guitar, electric & acoustic slide guitar, dobro, bouzouki, mandolin.
Freddy Koella: electric and acoustic guitar (first leg only)
Stu Kimball: electric and acoustic guitar (from June on)
Tony Garnier: bass
George Recile: drums
Richie Hayward: drums (first leg only)

Again four legs, three (plus a short warm-up) in the US, one in Europe (summer). The main set contains 14 songs, plus 2-4 encores. Between 0 and 5 acoustic songs are played, non in the encores. Rolling Stone and Watchtower remain the closing encores, night by night.
Some changes in the band. Guitarist Koella is replaced after the first leg by Stu Kimball. Second drummer Richie Hayward is disappeared after his solo first leg. Dylan remains unchanged behind his electric piano.

The first volume of Bob Dylan’s autobiography Chronicles is published in October. He is awarded an honorary degree of Doctor of Music from the University of St. Andrew’s, Scotland. Lyrics 1962-2001 by Bob Dylan is published (Simon & Schuster).

Recommended bootlegs
Bleeding Shadows (Crystal Cat Records KC 735-36). Castilla Motril 2004-10-07.
Rochester 2004 (Crystal Cat Records CC 752-53). Rochester, NY 2004-11-13. Interesting bonus tracks: Dylan playing jazz backed by the Wynton Marsalis Septet at Lincoln Center’s 2004 Spring Gala.

2004 * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * 111 shows, 101 different songs played, 9 tour debuts (8 covers)
DateVenueTitleNo of DisksLabel/SourceSoundArt/setlist/info
2004-00-00USA, variousDown in the Willow Garden2CDrPilgrimA-Selected tracks from US Tour Spring 2004.
2004-03-21Kool Haus, TorontoKool Cat Pulling Off The Strings2CDrRattlesnake 174-759Amazing new version of It Ain't Me Babe and a Cold Irons Bound which fits perfectly with the sometimes howling voice of Dylan.
2004-03-24Boston, Avalon, MAFine Wine2CDrUnwanted ManA-A fierce It Ain't Me, Babe.
2004-04-02Washington DC9:30 Club2CDrLB-5355AFirst regular concert performance of Hazel.
2004-04-09Ashville, NCOrange Peel2CDr-A-Strong version of Unbelievable, first played since june 1995, also played on 12-04.
2004-04-13Atlanta, GAThe Tabernacle2CDr'Fine Wine' LB-1756A--
2004-04-14Atlanta, GAThe Tabernacle2CDr LB-1761A--
2004-06-11Manchester, TNBonnaroo 20042CDrBlack Dog BD 001/002 9-10Bonnaroo 2004 Music Festival. Four covers played: Samson And Delilah, Sing Me Back Home, You Win Again and Pancho And Lefty. The first two live debuts.
2004-06-20London, Finsbury ParkFleadh Festival2CDrLB-18795w/Ron Wood. Lot of chatter.
2004-07-10Motril, Estadio Municipal Escribano CastillaCastilla Motril2CDrSchubertA+-
2004-07-10Motril, Estadio Municipal Escribano CastillaBleeding Shadows2CDrCrystal Cat Records CC735-369-10Great version of Not Dark Yet. Nice fillers: Get Out Of Denver, Ball And Biscuit & Heartland (w/Willie Nelson and sons).
2004-11-03West Lafayette, IN, Elliott Hall Of Music Purdue UniversityLafayette 20042CDrCrystal Cat Records 750-519-
2004-11-13Rochester, NYRochester 20042CDrCrystal Cat Records 752-539Two interesting bonus tracks: Dylan plays It Takes A Lot To Laugh, It Takes A Train To Cry and Don't Think Twice, It's All Right in a jazz arrangement, backed by the Wynton Marsalis Septet at the Jazz at Lincoln Center's 2004 Spring Gala.