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Audio: Bob Dylan & The Band In Concert, Jan. 15, 1974 – Listen Now!

Forty years ago, on January 15, 1974, Bob Dylan and The Band performed the first of two shows at the Capital Centre in Landover, Maryland.

This was the sixth show of the tour.


Bob Dylan – acoustic guitar, rhythm guitar, harmonica, piano, vocals
Rick Danko – bass, vocals
Levon Helm – drums, vocals
Garth Hudson – organ, piano, synthesizer, clavinet
Richard Manuel – acoustic and electric pianos, organ, drums, vocals
Robbie Robertson – lead guitar

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Money Changes Everything Dept.: Which Artists Have Earned at Least a Billion from Touring?

Rolling Stones top the list. Photo via the Rolling Stones Facebook page.

A new report in Billboard lists artists who have earned at least a billion dollars from touring.

The list is of the 25 highest-grossing touring artists from 1990 through 2014. Here are the top five:

1. The Rolling Stones

Gross: $1,565,792,382

Attendance: 19,677,569

Shows: 538

2. U2

Gross: $1,514,979,793

Attendance: 20,536,168

Shows: 526

3. Bruce Springsteen

Gross: $1,196,116,507

Attendance: 15,010,773

Shows: 727

4. Madonna

Gross: $1,140,230,941

Attendance: 9,694,079

Shows: 382

5. Bon Jovi

Gross: $1,030,082,884

Attendance: 12,333,668

Shows: 578

Check out the whole list here.

Audio & Video: 40 Years Ago Bob Dylan & The Band Kick Off their 1974 Tour

Photo by the great Barry Feinstein via NME.com

Forty years ago, on January 3, 1974, the “Bob Dylan and The Band 1974 Tour” kicked off at Chicago Stadium in Chicago, Illinois.

Eighteen thousand, five hundred fans were there to see the historic first show.

This was the only full-bore tour Dylan and The Band did together after The Hawks changed their name to The Band and became major stars themselves.

I saw Dylan and The Band when they played the Oakland Coliseum on February 11, 1974. I was about halfway back, a ways up, but for me it was incredible.

It was my first time seeing Dylan, and while the Oakland Coliseum is big, it’s not that big. The sound was good and I was blown away. I’d seen The Band at the Civic Auditorium in San Francisco previously, but to seem them with Dylan — it was on a whole other level.

I know that Dylan has talked about being on autopilot by the time he got to Oakland, but it sounded damn good to me.

Here’s the only video with Bob Dylan and The Band that seems to be available from the first Chicago show. They started off with a blistering version of “Hero Blues.” Dig it!

Here’s The Band playing “Stage Fright” the next night in Chicago:

Bob Dylan and The Band at Capital Center, Landover Maryland on January 15, 1974 — full show:

Bob Dylan playing “Desolation Row” at St. Louis Arena, St. Louis, Missouri, February 4, 1974:

Bob Dylan, “It’s Alright, Ma (I’m Only Bleeding),” Oakland Coliseum, February 11, 1974:

its alright ma I'm only bleeding by Bob Dylan & The Band on Grooveshark

Bob Dylan, “Gates Of Eden,” Oakland Coliseum, February 11, 1974 (sound is iffy at first but then it’s pretty great):

gates of eden by Bob Dylan & The Band on Grooveshark

Bob Dylan and The Band, “Highway 61,” Oakland Coliseum, February 11, 1974:

highway 61 by Bob Dylan & The Band on Grooveshark

Bob Dylan & The Band, “Maggie’s Farm,” Oakland Coliseum, February 11, 1974:

maggie's farm by Bob Dylan & The Band on Grooveshark

Here’s the setlist played that first night in Chicago (from bjorner.com):

Chicago Stadium
Chicago, Illinois
3 January 1974

1. Hero Blues
2. Lay Lady Lay
3. Tough Mama
4. The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down (Robbie Robertson)
5. Stage Fright (Robbie Robertson)
6. Share Your Love With Me (Briggs/Malone)
7. It Ain’t Me, Babe
8. Leopard-Skin Pill-Box Hat
9. All Along The Watchtower
Holy Cow (Alain Toussaint)
King Harvest (Has Surely Come) (Robbie Robertson)
10. Ballad Of A Thin Man
Up On Cripple Creek (Robbie Robertson)
11. I Don’t Believe You (She Acts Like We Never Have Met)
12. The Times They Are A-Changin’
13. Song To Woody
14. The Lonesome Death Of Hattie Carroll
15. Nobody ‘Cept You
16. It’s Alright, Ma (I’m Only Bleeding)
Life Is A Carnival (Robbie Robertson – Rick Danko – Levon Helm)
The Shape I’m In (Robbie Robertson)
When You Awake (Richard Manuel – Robbie Robertson)
Rag Mama Rag (Robbie Robertson)
17. Forever Young
18. Something There Is About You
19. Like A Rolling Stone
The Weight (Robbie Robertson)
20. Most Likely You Go Your Way (And I’ll Go Mine)

1-3, 9, 11, 17-20 Bob Dylan (vocal, guitar, harmonica), Robbie Robertson (guitar), Garth Hudson (organ, piano and clavinette), Richard Manual (keyboards), Rick Danko (bass), Levon Helm (drums).
4-5 Bob Dylan (guitar), Robbie Robertson (guitar), Garth Hudson (organ, piano and clavinette), Richard Manual (keyboards), Rick Danko (bass, vocal), Levon Helm (drums).
6 Bob Dylan (harmonica), Robbie Robertson (guitar), Garth Hudson (organ, piano and clavinette), Richard Manual (keyboards), Rick Danko (bass), Levon Helm (drums, vocal).
10 Bob Dylan (piano).
12-16 Bob Dylan (vocal, guitar, harmonica).

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Watch: Jeff Tweedy Plays ‘Acuff-Rose’ in Davis

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Jeff Tweedy performed at the Mondavi Center, UC Davis in Davis, CA Tuesday night, December 10, 2013.

Here’s his performance of “Acuff-Rose,” thanks to a fan who videoed it.

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Watch: Catching Up with Neutral Milk Hotel

Jeff Mangum performing in January of this year (2013) in Houston.
Jeff Mangum performing in January of this year (2013) in Houston.

Since reuniting onstage in Baltimore in early October, Neutral Milk Hotel have been out on tour. The group just expanded its 2014 itinerary to include dates in March and April. Check out the itinerary here.

Here are some videos from their show at the Mountain Oasis Electronic Music Summit, October 25,2013, Asheville, North Carolina:

This first video is excerpts from the show and includes bits of “Two-Headed Boy,” “The Fool,” “A Baby For Pree,” “King of Carrot Flowers” and others:

“King of Carrot Flowers”:

“In The Aeroplane Over the Sea”:

“Song Against Sex”:

“Two Headed Boy Pt. 2”:


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Neil Young To Play Native American Group Benefit Concerts — Fighting Big Oil

Daryl Hannah (second from left) and Neil Young (center), with Athabascan Chipewyan Chief Allan Adam, left, during a visit to the Chipewyan Prairie First Nation in Janvier in September. Photo via the Edmonton Journal.

Neil Young will perform four “Honor The Treaties” benefit shows in Canada to raise money for the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation (ACFN) Legal Defense Fund.

The Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation is suing Shell Oil to stop the corporation from undertaking additional oil sands extraction projects the Indian group says will encroach on lands and resources protected by an 1899 treaty.

In September Young spoke at a press conference in Washington D.C. with Senators Harry Reid and Debbie Stabenow.

”I am against the Keystone pipeline in a big way,” Young said. “The fact is, Fort McMurray [Alberta] looks like Hiroshima. Fort McMurray is a wasteland. The Indians up there and the native peoples are dying. People are sick. People are dying of cancer because of this. All of the First Nations peoples up there are threatened by this. Their food supply is wasted, their treaties are no good. They have the right to live on the land, like they always did, but there’s no land left that they can live on. All the animals are dying.”

Supporting Young at all four dates is Diana Krall.

The shows will take place in Toronto (Jan. 12), Winnipeg (Jan. 16), Regina (Jan. 17) and Calgary (Jan. 19).

For more on this story, head to the Edmonton Journal or this the Calgary Herald.

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Watch: Pixies Announce New Bassist, New Video — “Another Toe in the Ocean”

Paz Lenchatin, who’s played with A Perfect Circle and Zwan.

After the departure Of Kim Deal from The Pixies, followed recently by the booting of Kim Shattuck, the group has secured another bassist.

Paz Lenchatin, who’s played with A Perfect Circle and Zwan, will join The Pixies for their 2014 international tour, which will include festival dates.

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Live: Arcade Fire Announce 28 Date North American Reflektor Tour

Arcade Fire will hit the road beginning March 6, 2014 in Louisville, Ky. More dates will likely be added.

All shows on sale November 22.

Reflektor Tour Dates:

March 6 – Louisville, KY – KFC Yum Center

March 8 – Minneapolis, MN – Target Center

March 10 – Auburn Hills, MI – The Palace of Auburn Hills

March 12 – Pittsburgh, PA – Consol Energy Center

March 13 – Toronto, ON – Air Canada Centre

March 14 – Ottawa, ON – Canadian Tire Centre

March 16 – Cleveland, OH – Quicken Loans Arena

March 17 – Philadelphia, PA – Wells Fargo Center

March 18 – Bridgeport, CT – Webser Bank Arena

April 9 – Houston, TX – CWM Pavilion

April 10 – Austin, TX – 360 Amphitheater

April 23 – Denver, CO – Pepsi Center

April 26 – Kansas City, MO – Starlight Theatre

April 27 – St. Louis, MO – Verizon Wireless Amphitheater

April 29 – Columbus, OH – Schottenstein Center

May 1 – Nashville, TN – Bridgestone Arena

May 2 – Atlanta, GA – Aaron’s Amphitheatre

July 30 – Mountain View, CA – Shoreline Amphitheatre

August 8 – Seattle, WA – The Gorge

August 11 – Edmonton, AB – Rexall Place

August 12 – Calgary, AB – Scotiabank Saddledome

August 14 – Winnipeg, MB – MTS Centre

August 17 – Washington, DC – Verizon Center

August 19 – Boston, MA – Comcast Center

August 22 & 23 – Brooklyn, NY – Barclays Center

August 26 – Chicago, IL – United Center

August 30 – Montreal, QC – Parc Jean Drapeau

Josephine Wiggs On The Breeders Reunion

This past Saturday an essay by Josephine Wiggs of the Breeders on  group reunions, and the Breeders’ current reunion tour to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Last Splash, went online at The Talkhouse, a music site I check out with some frequency.

If you’re a Breeders’ fan, you’ll want to read the essay.

Wiggs writes:

Prior to unexpectedly finding myself taking part in one, I have to admit to ambivalence — yes, even negative feelings — about the reunion tour phenomenon. After some thought I realized that this is because the word “reunion” is tainted by many unfortunate associations, perhaps especially when conjoined with the words “high school.” Anyone who knows me will not be surprised to learn that I have never been to a reunion of any kind, but their primary feature seems to be the stress of being judged by people you haven’t seen in, let’s say, 20 years, and with whom all you had in common was a) going to the same school and b) being a teenager. Worse still, when “reunion” is paired with “tour,” the Beach Boys unavoidably come to mind: a stage spectacle featuring pre-recorded vocal tracks and film footage to stand in for several now-deceased Beach Boys and an eight-piece band comprised entirely of the musician offspring of said Boys. Needless to say, all this leaves an unpleasant taste.

For more, head to The Talkhouse.