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Bob Dylan 2016 Never Ending Tour

Touring band
Bob Dylan:
vocal, grand piano, harmonica
Charlie Sexton: lead guitar
Stu Kimball: electric and acoustic rhythm guitar, maracas
Donnie Herron: violin, viola, electric mandolin, banjo, pedal steel & lap steel guitar
Tony Garnier: double bass (with bow) and bass guitar
George Recile: drums & percussion

Dylan starts with a tour in Japan, 16 concerts, most in Tokyo. Same standard set list as previous year, with one extra song before the intermission in slot 9. That extra song is another cover, the debut of That Old Black Magic (Harold Arlen/Johnny Mercer). This song is from the May 20th released new album Fallen Angels from the same project as Shadows In The Night, which features standards made famous by Frank Sinatra. That makes eight covers played each concert.
Standard setlist Japan tour: Guitar intro; 01. Things Have Changed; 02. She Belongs To Me; 03. Beyond Here Lies Nothin’; 04. What’ll I Do; 05. Duquesne Whistle; 06. Melancholy Mood; 07. Pay In Blood; 08. I’m A Fool To Want You; 09. That Old Black Magic; 10. Tangled Up In Blue;
(15 minutes intermission)
Guitar intro; 11. High Water (For Charley Patton); 12. Why Try To Change Me Now; 13. Early Roman Kings; 14. The Night We Called It A Day; 15. Spirit On The Water; 16. Scarlet Town; 17. All Or Nothing At All; 18. Long And Wasted Years; 19. Autumn Leaves; (encore) 20. Blowin’ In The Wind; 21. Love Sick.
US Summer Tour (30 shows), co-concerts with Mavis Staples. Standard setlist with some debuts of covers: I Could Have Told You (Carl Sigman/Jimmy Van Heusen); Free Bird (instrumental, Lynyrd Skynyrd); How Deep Is The Ocean? (Irving Berlin); That Old Feeling (Sammy Fain/Lew Brown). Seven covers played each show.
US Fall Tour (29 shows) starts at the six-day classic rock festival Desert Trip. Gone is the intermission; back after a long time Highway 61 Revisited. After a few changes, this is the final standard set list: 1. Things Have Changed; 2. Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right; 3. Highway 61 Revisited; 4. Beyond Here Lies Nothin’; 5. Full Moon And Empty Arms; 6. High Water; 7. Melancholy Mood; 8. Duquesne Whistle; 9. Love Sick; 10. Tangled Up In Blue; 11. Pay In Blood; 12. Why Try To Change Me Now; 13. Scarlet Town; 14. I Could Have Told You; 15. Desolation Row; 16. Soon After Midnight; 17. All Or Nothing At All; 18. Long And Wasted Years; 19. Autumn Leaves; (encore) 20. Blowin’ In The Wind; 21. Stay With Me.

The Announcement of the 2016 Nobel Prize in Literature by Professor Sara Danius, permanent secretary of the Swedish Academy, on 13 October 2016: “The Nobel Prize in Literature for 2016 is awarded to Bob Dylan for having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition”. Dylan effectively goes into hiding, not even acknowledging the award until weeks later.
He says in November that, although he is very honored with the prize, he is unable to personally pick it up at the official awards ceremony in December. In his place, the American singer Patti Smith comes to the meeting in Stockholm, where she sings very emotional A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall.
The Nobel Prize jury receives Dylan’s mandatory speech just in time (june 2017) to deliver him the Prize. He records and sends his speech to the Swedish Academy in an audio file, fulfilling the conditions to collect the prize money, 820.000 euros.

Fallen Angels, second album with ‘Frank Sinatra songs’ from the 40’ and 50’s. Recorded in February in Capitol Recording Studios, Los Angeles.
The 1966 Live Recordings. This 50th Anniversary collection contains 36 CDs. Also a 2 LP vinyl album is released.   

Recommended bootlegs
Sendai 2016 (Zion 078). Sendai, Tokyo Electron Hall Miyagi, April 9.
Desert Trip Weekend II (A Daspyknows). Indio, CA Empire Polo Club, October 14.

2016 * * * * * * * * * * 75 Shows, 39 different songs played, 14 covers.
DateVenueTitleNo of DisksLabel/SourceSoundArt/setlist/info
2016-04-04TokyoBunkamura Orchard Hall, first night2CDrrober953 LB-12383AThat Lucky Old Sun played in slot 9
2016-04-05Tokyo, Bunkamura Orchard HallIn The DesertFlacBackroom Records LB-12542AIncomplete, 15 bonustracks on Desert Trip bootleg
2016-04-06Tokyo, Orchard HallTokyo 2016 3rd Night2CDrZion 076A-
2016-04-09Sendai, Tokyo Electron Hall MiyagiSendai 20162CDrZion 078AExcellent show and sound quality.
2016-04-11Osaka, Festival HallSleepy Angel (Osaka 1st Night)2CDrT&J-TWOSP 139/140AStandard set list
2016-04-12Osaka, Festival HallSleepy Angel (Osaka 2nd Night)2CDrT&J-TWOSP 141/142AThat Old Black Magic in slot 9
2016-04-13Osaka, Festival HallOsaka 2016 Final Night2CDrZion 083A- Great sounding acoustic tracks. Electric leadguitar annoying far upfront in the mix.
2016-04-15NagoyaCentury Hall2CDrSpot RecordingA-That Old Black Magic in slot 9
2016-06-04Woodinville, WA Chateau Ste. Michelle WineryChateau Amphitheatre2CDrDodger, JEMS MasterAPremiere of I Could Have Told You
2016-07-06Vienna, VA Wolf Trap-Filene CenterThat Melancholy FeelingFlacTweedle Disc TWD-16/17A-
2016-07-16Portland, ME Thompson's PointFallen Angels In Summer2CDrTweedle Disc/TWD 18/19AFillers: 2016-07-13 Philadelphia, PA
2016-10-07Indio, CA Empire Polo ClubDesert Trip Weekend I2CDrLB-12381ADesert Trip, first night. Dylan playes before the Rolling Stones. Other artists at festival of the 'oldies': The Who, Neil Young & The Promise Of The Real, Roger Waters, Paul McCartney. Suprising closing encore: Masters of War.
2016-10-13Stockholm Concert HallThe Nobel Prize Box, Bonus CDFlacCrystal Cat Records 1079–1084AAnnouncement of the 2016 Nobel Prize in Literature to Bob Dylan.
2016-10-14Indio, CA Empire Polo ClubDesert Trip Weekend II2CDrA Daspyknows LB-12391A+Only the two encores differ from previous concert. Excellent show in, apart from some chatter, great sound quality.
2016-10-14Indio, CA Empire Polo ClubIn The DesertFlacBackroom Records LB-12542A-
2016-10-16Phoenix, AZComerica Theatre1CDr/90mTAKRL LB-12389A--
2016-10-25Shreveport, LAMunicipal Memorial Auditorium2CDrRandy Gardner LB-12400A-