Bob Dylan: Sit ins, Tempest Tracks and Black Friday Bonuses
Dire Straits guitarist Mark Knopfler closed his fall tour with Bob Dylan at Brooklyn, NY’s new Barclays Center on Thanksgiving Eve. Knopfler has spent the past few weeks opening for Dylan at a mix of theaters and arenas across the country. A few nights into their tour, Knopfler started to sit in with Dylan on a song during his set. As the tour progressed, their onstage collaborators started to last longer and, for the final portion of their joint outing, Knopfler usually played three songs with Dylan each night. The musicians established a similar sit in pattern during their European tour in 2011.
During Wednesday’s show, the Dire Straights guitarist emerged before Dylan’s second song and joined his longtime friend for “ Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right,” “Things Have Changed” and “Tangled Up In Blue.” As his tour has rolled on, Dylan has also started to play some songs off his 35th studio album, Tempest, which was released in September. The Bard has now performed four of the album’s tracks live—“Soon After Midnight,” Scarlet Town,” “Pay In Blood” and “Early Roman Kings”—though he’s shied away from playing too many tunes off the album at a single show.
In other news, today Dylan released a vinyl version of “Duquesne Whistle/Meet Me In The Morning (Alternate Version)” as part of Record Store Day’s Black Friday celebration. The alternate version of “Meet Me In The Morning” was recorded by Phil Ramone on September 19. 1974 and features Tony Brown on bass.
Here’s a look at Wednesday’s setlist as it appears in our Box Scores section via Boblinks.com
Wednesday, November 21, Barclays Center Brooklyn, NY
You Ain’t Goin’ Nowhere, Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right*, Things Have Changed*, Tangled Up In Blue*, Early Roman Kings, Chimes Of Freedom, The Levee’s Gonna Break, Visions Of Johanna, Highway 61 Revisited, Soon After Midnight, Thunder On The Mountain, Forgetful Heart, Ballad Of A Thin Man, Like A Rolling Stone, All Along The Watchtower
E: Blowin’ In The Wind
*with Mark Knopfler