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20 years and a bit more than ONE WEEK ago, on October 16, 1992, an all-star celebration of the 1962 release of Bob Dylan's first album took place at Madison Square Garden here in New York City.
This was a momentous, fitting tribute to one of the true living legends of our time.
Neil Young humorously but aptly nicknamed it Bobfest!
This is the closer, with a fantastic dream lineup.
We’ll hear some of the biggest names in the world of Rock & Roll with the music of Bob Dylan.
These are some incredible live performances, and the all-star finale is not to be believed!
I had not heard these this Concert in years…what a wonderful memory for me.
And hopefully for you too.
And again you have your choice of links to a grand conclusion to a wonderful 20-year old Concert, at Mike Pell Rockollections:


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Comment by Mike Pell on October 27, 2012 at 4:05pm


You weren't too coherent there, I was not sure what you meant.

But the ending jam was the high point.

Yeah, that's what I listened to by Cheap Trick, and it sounded like Lou Reed and VU's song...Cheap Trick covering the Velvet Underground?
They always seemed too nice for that, lol!

I don't recall Heart doing Ring Them Bells, although I have a substantial amount of Heart (both the group and personally!).

The first thing that comes to my mind is real nice version Joan Baez did.

Sure send it if you don't mind.



Comment by Jon on October 27, 2012 at 4:06am

I liked Dylan on The All Star Jam! better than on Knocking since he was more coherent. I wasn't coherent in my first post, I think. 

9 hours later? This time I kinda remembered.

Cheap Trick has a version of Waiting For The Man/Heroin on their Sex, America, Cheap Trick box set. However, it's not Robin Zander on vocals, it's actually Tom Petersson.

Heart does a cover of Ring Them Bells on their "Desire Walks On" album, see if you have that, if not let me know....


Comment by Mike Pell on October 27, 2012 at 1:55am
Aw you are just being contrary, saying you like Lou Reed- the lone wolf who loves to disagree, lol!
But hey, I like Lou Reed too, and enjoyed that strange choice of song.
The interesting thing about Dylan's  singing (NOT signing, since he doesn't do hand language, lol), is that you never know what voice you are going to get.
That 9 hours later has me confused.
Knocking On Heaven's Door was 3...and you never clearly stated which one you were leaning toward.
I thought you were a big Tom Petty fan and might choose him.
For me, it was easy, the best song of the whole Concert was the closer, My Back Pages.
Oh by the way, tonight I listened to Cheap Trick do Waiting For The Man/Heroin- they covered the Velvet Underground didn't they?
Thanks for the listen and writing, and hanging in there- next week something unexpected...not obvious,
Comment by Mike Pell on October 27, 2012 at 1:38am

Oh and that was a great question RJ- I have no idea why Springsteen wasn't there...he should have been.
When he first came to notice Bruce was called the New Dylan, maybe Bob didn't like that.
But I really don't know the reason.


Comment by Mike Pell on October 27, 2012 at 1:30am
No, we are wrapping it up with that wonderful version of My Back Pages, lol!
To tell you the truth, I found I needed a song to fill the last half hour, and Lou Reed was to me the best of the lot.
He picked such an incredibly way out there song Dylan wrote, plus I like Lou.
The more I listened to it, the more I liked it.
Tom Petty was outstanding with his choice, and he hung around to play with the guy he has always been compared to with that guitar work, Roger McGuinn.
It was so great to hear McGuinn sound uncannily like he did in 1965!
I HAD to play something by Dylan, and I thought that was the best song he did- but I also thought it could have been shorter.
The Golden Pell going to My Back Pages is my obvious choice too- good to see you haven't lost your ear, lol!
In fact, you could throw away everything previous just to hear that brilliant collaboration.
I knew when I started that would be the terrific ending.
Everything else, however enjoyable, good or bad, was just leading up to that climax!
Thanks for the listen, writing, and the quick catchup,
Comment by Jon on October 25, 2012 at 7:41pm

This was more like it. I like Lou Reed, and liked his version of whatever song he did. Curious, was he the geetar soloist?

The one thing that turned me off was Dylan's signing on Knocking On Heavens Door. That's the main reason I don't like him, it's like listenin to a cat squalling. Thankfully he was more coherent with the All Star Jam! at the end.

It's a tossup between 3 & 4 for me, I'm leaning toward this one.

Comment by RJhog (Admin) on October 25, 2012 at 11:24am

So, we are wrapping it up with Lou Reed huh?  It's a shame you actually found time to play that song...just kidding.  I'm not a fan of Reed.  Never have been.  I'd like to say I have no idea why he's considered a legend, but I'm not knowledgeable enough on his material to make that claim.  So I'll just stick with I don't like him as a musician.

The Tom Petty song was terrific.  It almost got the GP, but not so fast.  I also really dug the Roger McGuin (spelling?) tune.  The guitar playing (once again) on the tune that Dylan did was fantastic.

The Golden Pell is going to the closing superstar effort.  My Back Pages.  You are correct for liking that song so much.  It's pretty brilliant.

One question.  Unless I missed it, why was Springsteen not present?  That surprised me.

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