Thursday, October 29, 2009

Watching Bob Dylan Live: Royal Albert Hall 1965

The first Bob Dylan concert the Beatles attended was at the Royal Albert Hall in London on May 9, 1965. They, along with the rest of the audience, heard Dylan perform the following songs:

1. The Times They Are A-Changin'
2. To Ramona
3. Gates of Eden
4. If You Gotta Go, Go Now
5. It's Alright, Ma (I'm Only Bleeding)
6. Love Minus Zero/No Limit
7. Mr. Tambourine Man
8. Talkin' World War III Blues
9. Don't Think Twice, It's All Right
10. With God on Our Side
11. She Belongs to Me
12. It Ain't Me, Babe
13. The Lonesome Death of Hattie Carroll
14. All I Really Want to Do
15. It's All Over Now, Baby Blue

More on the evening from The Beatles: A Diary:
Afterwards they visited Dylan in his suite at the Savoy Hotel. The four Beatles filed into his reception room, accompanied by keen Dylan fan Alma Cogan, but the atmosphere remained tense until Allen Ginsberg broke the ice by falling off the arm of a settee into John Lennon's lap and asking him if he knew William Blake. "Never heard of him," snapped John but Cynthia spoke up, "Oh John, you liar, of course you have!" and everyone laughed. The rest of the evening was spent nightclubbing.

Watch footage from this concert, including Dylan's comment "the Beatles are here" and a live performance of "She Belongs to Me," from the documentary Don't Look Back here. Below is some outtake footage from the concert, including excerpts of "She Belongs to Me," "Don't Think Twice, It's All Right," and "Gates of Eden."

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