I think it’s fair to say that I was pretty excited when Dylan announced his 1984 tour dates and one of them was in Newcastle! There were only two shows in the UK this one and another one two days later at Wembley Stadium in London and we went to both of them! I was at college in Newcastle at the time so I must have become ill suddenly on that Thursday morning! In reality we were ouside St James Park quite early on to make sure we had the best place in the queue when the doors opened. I seem to recall that when they did open we had to run up to the top of the Gallowgate end and back down the terraces and across the pitch! We must have done well though because we ended up quite near the front!
It was a beautiful day so sitting on the pitch listening to music was no great hardship! Dylan was touring with Carlos Santana and each gig had one or two other artists as supports acts. In Newcastle funnily enough it was Lindisfarne! I hadn’t seen them for a while and quite frankly on the day I thought they were rubbish! A lot of people said they stole the show but I thought they had lost all the wonderfulness that made them and replaced it with a 4/4 rock backbeat!
Here’s a video of them at the gig so you can make your own mind up!
Lover Not a Fighter
Day of the Jackal
Meet Me on the Corner
Run for Home
Fog on the Tyne
We Can Swing Together
Clear White Light
Next up was Carlos Santana. I’ve never been a huge Santana fan but I’ve always wanted to see him (and I did twice in three days!) The thing I remember most about his set was that he had joss sticks burning in front of him – stuck into his pedal board if I recall correctly!
By the Pool
Samba pa ti
Incident at Neshabur
Waited All My Life
Two Points of View
Who Loves You
She’s Not There
Europa (Earth’s Cry, Heaven’s Smile)
I was really happy to be the closest I’d ever been to Dylan having been at the back at Blackbushe in 1979 and up in the gods at Earls Court two years later. I also had my camera and was looking forward to taking some photographs of the man. Unfortunately about 3 songs into his set my girlfriend decided that she wasn’t happy down the front and that she wanted to go and sit with her mum and sister in the stands. So I had to fight the way out with her, deliver her to the stands (having to convince security to let her through in the process) and then fight my way back to the front again! ( Her mum and sister ended up on the TV report that night!)
Dylan’s band included ex-Rolling Stone Mick Taylor on guitar, ex-Faces’ keyboard player Ian McLagan, drummer Colin Allen and bassist Greg Sutton and for a couple of songs they were joined by Carlos Santana.
The set was a mix of favourites and new songs from his latest album Infidels.
Licence to Kill and Tombstone Blues were recorded at this gig and included on the Real Live album
Bob Dylan Setlist:
All along the watchtower
Just like a woman
I and I
Licence to kill
Just My Imagination (Sang by Greg Sutton)
A hard rains a gonna fall (Acoustic)
Tangled up in blue (Acoustic)
It’s alright Ma (Acoustic)
Simple twist of Fate
Masters of War
Ballad of a thin man
Why should I choose
Every grain of sand
Like a Rolling Stone
Mr Tambourine man (Acoustic)
Girl from the North Country (Acoustic)
It aint me babe (Acoustic)
Leopard skin pill box hat (with Carlos Santana)
Tombstone blues (with Carlos Santana)
Blowin in the wind (with Carlos Santana)
Knockin on heavens door (with Carlos Santana)
The times they are a changin (with Carlos Santana)