Bob Dylan World Tour 1978

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Bob Dylan World Tour 1978
Bob Dylan 1978.jpg
Rotterdam, Netherlands, June 23, 1978
World tour by Bob Dylan
Location North America, Europe,
Oceania, Asia
Start date February 20, 1978 (1978-02-20)
End date December 18, 1978 (1978-12-18)
Legs 5
Shows 114
Bob Dylan concert chronology
Rolling Thunder Revue
(1975–1976)
World Tour
(1978)
Gospel Tour
(1979–1980)

The Bob Dylan World Tour 1978 was a concert tour by American singer-songwriter Bob Dylan.[1] In 1978, Dylan embarked on a year-long world tour, performing 114 shows in Japan, the Far East, Europe and the US, to a total audience of two million people. For the tour, Dylan assembled an eight piece band, and was also accompanied by three backing singers. When Dylan brought the tour to the United States in September 1978, he was dismayed the press described the look and sound of the show as a 'Las Vegas Tour'. The 1978 tour grossed more than $20 million, and Dylan acknowledged to the Los Angeles Times that he had some debts to pay off because "I had a couple of bad years. I put a lot of money into the movie, built a big house ... and it costs a lot to get divorced in California." [2] It was on this tour that Dylan found Jesus and became a born-again Christian.

Releases[edit]

Concerts in Tokyo in February and March were recorded and released as the live double album, Bob Dylan at Budokan.Reviews were mixed. Robert Christgau awarded the album a C+ rating, giving the album a derisory review,[3] while Janet Maslin defended it in Rolling Stone, writing: "These latest live versions of his old songs have the effect of liberating Bob Dylan from the originals." [2]

Tour dates[edit]

Date City Country Venue
Asia
February 20, 1978 Tokyo Japan Nippon Budokan
February 21, 1978
February 23, 1978
February 24, 1978 Osaka Matsushita Denki Taiikukan
February 25, 1978
February 26, 1978
February 28, 1978 Tokyo Nippon Budokan
March 1, 1978
March 2, 1978
March 3, 1978
March 4, 1978
Oceania
March 9, 1978 Auckland New Zealand Western Springs Stadium
March 12, 1978 Brisbane Australia Brisbane Festival Hall
March 13, 1978
March 14, 1978
March 15, 1978
March 18, 1978 Adelaide Westlake Stadium
March 20, 1978 Melbourne Sidney Myer Music Bowl
March 21, 1978
March 22, 1978
March 25, 1978 Perth Perth Entertainment Centre
March 27, 1978
April 1, 1978 Sydney Sydney Sports Ground
North America (First Leg)
June 1, 1978 Los Angeles United States Universal Amphitheater
June 2, 1978
June 3, 1978
June 4, 1978
June 5, 1978
June 6, 1978
June 7, 1978
Europe
June 15, 1978 London England Earls Court Exhibition Centre
June 16, 1978
June 17, 1978
June 18, 1978
June 19, 1978
June 20, 1978
June 23, 1978 Rotterdam Netherlands Feijenoord Stadion
June 26, 1978 Dortmund Germany Westfalenhallen
June 27, 1978
June 29, 1978 Berlin Deutschlandhalle
July 1, 1978 Nuremberg Zeppelinfeld
July 3, 1978 Paris France Pavillon de Paris
July 4, 1978
July 5, 1978
July 6, 1978
July 9, 1978
July 11, 1978 Gothenburg Sweden Scandinavium
July 12, 1978
July 15, 1978 Camberley England Blackbushe Aerodrome
North America (Second Leg)
September 15, 1978 Augusta United States Augusta Civic Center
September 16, 1978 Portland Cumberland County Civic Center
September 17, 1978 New Haven New Haven Coliseum
September 19, 1978 Montreal Canada Montreal Forum
September 20, 1978 Boston United States Boston Garden
September 22, 1978 Syracuse Oncenter War Memorial Arena
September 23, 1978 Rochester Rochester War Memorial
September 24, 1978 Binghamton Broome County Veterans Memorial Arena
September 26, 1978 Springfield Springfield Civic Center
September 27, 1978 Uniondale Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum
September 29, 1978 New York City Madison Square Garden
September 30, 1978
October 3, 1978 Norfolk Scope Arena
October 4, 1978 Baltimore Baltimore Civic Center
October 5, 1978 Landover Capital Centre
October 6, 1978 Philadelphia The Spectrum
October 7, 1978 Providence Providence Civic Center
October 9, 1978 Buffalo Buffalo Memorial Auditorium
October 12, 1978 Toronto Canada Maple Leaf Gardens
October 13, 1978 Detroit United States Detroit Olympia
October 14, 1978 Terre Haute Hulman Center
October 15, 1978 Cincinnati Riverfront Coliseum
October 17, 1978 Chicago Chicago Stadium
October 18, 1978
October 20, 1978 Richfield Richfield Coliseum
October 21, 1978 Toledo Centennial Arena
October 22, 1978 Dayton University of Dayton Arena
October 24, 1978 Louisville Freedom Hall
October 25, 1978 Indianapolis Market Square Arena
October 27, 1978 Kalamazoo Wings Stadium
October 28, 1978 Carbondale SIU Arena
October 29, 1978 St. Louis Checkerdome
October 31, 1978 Saint Paul St. Paul Civic Center
November 1, 1978 Madison Dane County Memorial Coliseum
November 3, 1978 Kansas City Kemper Arena
November 4, 1978 Omaha Omaha Civic Auditorium
November 6, 1978 Denver McNichols Sports Arena
November 9, 1978 Portland Portland Memorial Coliseum
November 10, 1978 Seattle Hec Edmundson Pavilion
November 11, 1978 Vancouver Canada Pacific National Exhibition Hall
November 13, 1978 Oakland United States Alameda County Coliseum
November 14, 1978
November 15, 1978 Inglewood Inglewood Forum
November 17, 1978 San Diego San Diego Sportd Arena
November 18, 1978 Tempe Arizona State University Activity Center
November 19, 1978 Tucson McKale Memorial Center
November 21, 1978 El Paso Special Events Arena
November 23, 1978 Norman Lloyd Noble Center
November 24, 1978 Fort Worth Fort Worth Convention Center
November 25, 1978 Austin Special Events Center
November 26, 1978 Houston The Summit
November 28, 1978 Jackson Mississippi Coliseum
November 29, 1978 Baton Rouge L.S.U. Assembly Center
December 1, 1978 Memphis Mid-South Coliseum
December 2, 1978 Nashville Nashville Municipal Auditorium
December 3, 1978 Birmingham Birmingham–Jefferson Convention Complex
December 5, 1978 Mobile Mobile Civic Center
December 7, 1978 Greensboro Greensboro Coliseum
December 8, 1978 Savannah Savannah Civic Center
December 9, 1978 Columbia Carolina Coliseum
December 10, 1978 Charlotte Charlotte Coliseum
December 12, 1978 Atlanta Omni Coliseum
December 13, 1978 Jacksonville Jacksonville Coliseum
December 15, 1978 Lakekand Lakeland Center
December 16, 1978 Pembroke Pines Hollywood Sportatorium

Box office score data[edit]

Venue City Tickets Sold / Available Gross Revenue (1978) Gross Revenue (2013)
Omni Coliseum Atlanta 14,660 / 14,660 (100%) $127,239 $453,789

References[edit]

  1. ^ [1] bjorner.com, Retrieved September 11, 2011
  2. ^ a b Sounes, 2001, Down The Highway: The Life Of Bob Dylan, pp. 314–316.
  3. ^ [2], robertchristgau.com, Retrieved 11 September 2011

External links[edit]

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  • BobLinks – Comprehensive log of concerts and set lists with categorized link collection
  • Bjorner's Still on the Road – Information on all known recording sessions and performances by Dylan