Video: Bob Dylan, Mr. Uncomfortable, Poses for a Photo with Jeff Tweedy, Sings ‘The Weight’

Take a look at Bob Dylan’s face in the above photo, which appeared today on American Songwriter. Then think about what it would be like if everyone you came in contact with wanted something from you. A photo. An autograph. A response to a question. An acknowledgement.


They always want some goddamn thing.

So maybe, even if it’s another artist, even if it’s Jeff Tweedy, you wouldn’t be in the greatest mood when the photographer took the photo.

Here’s Tweedy on playing “The Weight” with Dylan:

“We played that song in a different key every night. It was never in the same key. The tour manager would say, ‘It’s in A flat tonight.’ Or we’d already be out onstage, and we’d talk to Tony Garnier, the bass player, and somehow ask him which key and he’d say, ‘A flat.’ And that’s in front of a lot of people. But Dylan never told us. I think he likes putting himself and his band into a corner, to see if they can play their way out.”

“The Weight,” Virginia Beach, VA, on July 24, 2013:

Hoboken, NJ, on July 26, 2013:

Another clip of the same performance:

Verizon Wireless Amphitheater, Irvine, CA, August 3, 2013:

Another clip of the same performance:

Verizon Wireless Amphitheater, Irvine, CA, August 4, 2013:

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