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Bob Dylan's Best Touring Band

Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by Dr. Zoom, Aug 7, 2018.

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  1. Dr. Zoom

    Dr. Zoom Forum Resident Thread Starter

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    There's been a lot of 'em, from The Hawks, to the Rolling Thunder Revue, to the Praise the Lord band. I go back and forth, but I think this may be my favorite one..

    Bob
    Larry Campbell
    Charlie Sexton
    Tony Garnier
    George Receli

    The guitar interplay, with the chugging rhythm section, is just nasty good.
     
  2. uzn007

    uzn007 Pack Rat

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    I would probably cast my vote for the one just prior, before Receli replaced David Kemper, but they were great with either drummer. Maybe I'm biased because I saw this band a bunch of times and never saw him with the Band, Rolling Thunder, etc., but every single show I saw with Campbell, Sexton and Garnier was great.
     
  3. majorlance

    majorlance Forum Resident

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    Swap out George Receli for David Kemper (1997-2002 or so) and you're on. Although I've definitely come to appreciate Receli, who had some very rough initial gigs with Bobby Z.
     
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  4. Dr. Zoom

    Dr. Zoom Forum Resident Thread Starter

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    The Heartbreakers a close second probably
     
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  5. Dr. Zoom

    Dr. Zoom Forum Resident Thread Starter

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    I hear you on Receli. Kemper was very good. Receli really swings. One of my favorite drummers now.
     
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  6. Dr. Zoom

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    This is just badass

     
  7. majorlance

    majorlance Forum Resident

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    The HB's were certainly competent & professional — but I'd put the first & second major iterations of the NET band (the first led by the oft-maligned GE Smith, the second including John Jackson/Bucky Baxter/Winston Watson) ahead of them.
     
  8. phillyal1

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    I like Larry Campbell, but The Hawks, with The Band a close second.
     
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  9. Dr. Zoom

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    They weren't a touring band (only did one gig), but a sentimental favorite of mine will always be The Plugz

     
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  10. Thomas Casagranda

    Thomas Casagranda Forum Resident

    I quite like the Mick Taylor 1984 touring band.
     
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  11. I really liked the band on 1978's Budokan
     
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  12. Dr. Zoom

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    It's funny, me and my college roomates saw Dylan on Letterman, got all jazzed up and rushed out to buy Dylan tickets thinking we were gonna see him that summer with the Plugz (had a European trip already planned). We go to the show a few months later, out walks Mick Taylor and Ian Mc Lagan. Whups.
     
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  13. groundharp

    groundharp Maybe your friends think I'm just a stranger

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    You lucky dog! I only wish I'd seen that band! (And Carlos Santana would sit in with Taylor and the rest every night on that tour -- that's a hot band!)
     
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  14. C6H12O6

    C6H12O6 Senior Member

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    The Hawks/The Band is still the best.

    But after that, the Sexton/Campbell band. (I have a slight preference for David Kemper on drums.)

    The current one is right up there too - again, I saw them in November and they smoked every number. And again, it probably helps that they played the same exact setlist throughout the tour, so no fumbling or figuring things out, it was a well-oiled machine that knew what was coming and attacked every song with everything they had.
     
  15. Dr. Zoom

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    They were "okay". Memory is a bit foggy, but Mick Taylor did his usual thing (standing stone still ripping away), but the rest of the band was meh. I recall Jokerman being a highlight.
     
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  16. groundharp

    groundharp Maybe your friends think I'm just a stranger

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    I've got bootlegs from that tour, and that was a really good band. I think you were just expecting something different (Plugz) and weren't receptive.
     
  17. Dr. Zoom

    Dr. Zoom Forum Resident Thread Starter

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    Probably. They certainly weren't "bad". But the show was in the bottom half of the dozens I've seen over the years. It was in a stadium, too, which rarely helps.
     
  18. Dr. Zoom

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    As much as I absolutely love The Band, the 1974 tour performances don't do a whole lot for me.
    1966 is almost in a category all its own.
     
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  19. danasgoodstuff

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    The official recordings from '74 have not aged well, the boots are better for energy and feel, but it worked in the room live as I recall. 1965/66 was something bigger than just music...
     
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  20. TerpStation

    TerpStation "Music's not for everyone."

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    The sexton/campbell band is it for me....bob's shows from 99 through about 2003 were incredible. caught 25 or more of them. such a great band, great setlists, bob in awesome voice and into it.....seek out some of the europe 2000 shows or the 2001 fall "love and theft tour" for instance. just awesome. give a listen to the "summer days" from 11-22-02 george mason university for some incredible jamming. was in the house for that one. if memory serves they all fell down at the end. great times.
     
  21. johnaltman

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    Speaking of, U.S. tour dates announced

    08/08 – Perth, AU @ Perth Arena
    08/11 – Adelaide, AU @ Botanic Park
    08/13 – Melbourne, AU @ Margaret Court Arena
    08/14 – Melbourne, AU @ Margaret Court Arena
    08/18 – Sydney, AU @ Sydney Theatre
    08/19 – Sydney, AU @ Enmore Theatre
    08/20 – Wollongong, AU @ WIN Entertainment Centre
    08/22 – Newcastle, AU @ Newcastle Entertainment Centre
    08/24 – Brisbane, AU @ Brisbane Entertainment Centre
    08/26 – Auckland, NZ @ Spark Arena
    08/28 – Christchurch, NZ @ Horncastle Arena
    10/09 – Midland, TX @ Wagner Noel Performing Arts Center
    10/10 – Irving, TX @ The Pavilion at the Toyota Music Factory
    10/12 – Tulsa, OK @ River Spirit Casino Resort
    10/13 – Thackerville, OK @ Winstar World Casino and Resort
    10/14 – Sugar Land, TX @ Smart Financial Centre
    10/16 – Lafayette, LA @ Heymann Center
    10/17 – Mobile, AL @ Mobile Saenger Theatre
    10/19 – St. Augustine, FL @ St. Augustine Amphitheatre
    10/20 – Clearwater, FL @ Ruth Eckerd Hall
    10/21 – Sarasota, FL @ Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
    10/23 – Fort Myers, FL @ Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall
    10/24 – Fort Lauderdale, FL @ Broward Center for the Performing Arts
    10/26 – Orlando, FL @ Walt Disney Theater
    10/27 – Macon, GA @ Macon City Auditorium
    10/28 – Chattanooga, TN @ Tivoli Theatre
    10/30 – Huntsville, AL @ Mark C. Smith Concert Hall
    10/31 – Knoxville, TN @ Tennessee Theatre
    11/02 – Asheville, NC @ Thomas Wolfe Auditorium
    11/03 – Durham, NC @ Durham Performing Arts Center
    11/04 – North Charleston, SC @ North Charleston Performing Arts Center
    11/06 – Savannah, GA @ Johnny Mercer Theatre
    11/07 – Augusta, GA @ The Bell Auditorium
    11/09 – Charlotte, NC @ Ovens Auditorium
    11/10 – Roanoke, VA @ Berglund Performing Arts Theatre
     
  22. TerpStation

    TerpStation "Music's not for everyone."

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    Hopefully he is done with the Sinatra stuff (looking at recent setlists he may be) ...one or 2 would be ok, but not half sets or more of Frank songs.....
     
  23. johnaltman

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    Personally I'd be fine with Sinatra.. he's coming to literally down the street from me and I've never seen him before so I have to go.

    Some of the dates just have his name and others say "...and his band", does this imply that some of the dates are completely solo?
     
  24. epp56

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    Ian McLagan’s book has some interesting stories from the tour.
    They played without a set list, the band would have to listen to Bob’s intros to know what song he was going to play and watch he hands to see what key he was going to play it in.
     
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  25. Atmospheric

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    I saw one of those 74 shows. Meh.
     
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