Never Ending Tour 2014

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Never Ending Tour 2014
Tour by Bob Dylan
Location Asia, North America, Europe, Oceania
Start date March 31, 2014
End date December 3, 2014
Legs 4
Number of shows 17 in Asia
35 in North America
21 in Europe
19 in Oceania
92 in Total
Bob Dylan concert chronology

The Never Ending Tour is the popular name for Bob Dylan's endless touring schedule since June 7, 1988.[1][2][3] In 2014, his schedule ran from March to December.

Background[edit]

The first leg of the tour taking place solely in Japan was announced on Christmas Eve 2013, with large gaps between several dates. Three extra dates in Tokyo were eventually announced in late February 2014.[4][5][6]

It was announced via Dylan's official website that he and his band would perform two shows in Hawaii in April, one taking place in Maui and the second taking place in Honolulu. This was the first time that Dylan performed in the state of Hawaii in twenty-two years. He last performed there in April 1992.[7]

Dates of a European tour were slowly published through several unofficial Dylan websites before being officially announced on BobDylan.com in March 2014. The European leg began in Cork, Ireland at the Live at the Marquee Festival[8] and his appearance was met with relatively positive reviews.[9]

On May 26 a six-city Australian tour was announced, with several extra dates being added on later throughout the early (Southern Hemisphere) winter. The same announcement revealed two New Zealand shows, bypassing the city of Auckland.[10] On August 18 a one-off small club show at the Tivoli in Brisbane was announced, billed as a "once in a life-time concert performance".[11]

The final leg of the tour, taking place in North America throughout the autumn/early winter was announced on August 27, one day after the announcement of The Bootleg Series Vol. 11: The Complete Basement Tapes.[12]

Set list[edit]

This set list is representative of the performance on October 24, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. It does not represent all concerts for the duration of the tour.

Tour dates[edit]

Date City Country Venue Tickets sold/available Box office
Asia
March 31, 2014 Tokyo Japan Zepp Diver City
April 1, 2014
April 3, 2014
April 4, 2014
April 5, 2014
April 7, 2014
April 8, 2014
April 9, 2014
April 10, 2014
April 13, 2014 Sapporo Zepp Sapporo
April 14, 2014
April 17, 2014 Nagoya Zepp Nagoya
April 18, 2014
April 19, 2014 Fukuoka Zepp Fukuoka
April 21, 2014 Osaka Zepp Namba
April 22, 2014
April 23, 2014
North America
April 26, 2014 Kahului United States Maui Arts & Cultural Center
April 29, 2014 Honolulu Neal S. Blaisdell Center
Europe
June 16, 2014 Cork Ireland The Docklands [a]
June 17, 2014 Dublin The O2
June 20, 2014 Istanbul Turkey Black Box Istanbul
June 22, 2014 Thessaloniki Greece Thessaloniki Harbor
June 23, 2014 Athens Terra Vibe Park
June 25, 2014 Bucharest Romania Sala Palatului
June 27, 2014 Košice Slovakia Steel Aréna
June 28, 2014 Vienna Austria Wiener Stadthalle 2
June 29, 2014 Oberosterreich Burg Clam [b]
July 1, 2014 Munich Germany Munich Olympiapark [c]
July 2, 2014 Prague Czech Republic O2 Arena
July 3, 2014 Zwickau Germany Stadthalle Zwickau
July 5, 2014 Słupsk Poland Dolina Charlotty Amphitheatre [d]
July 7, 2014 Rostock Germany Stadthalle Rostock
July 8, 2014 Flensburg Flens-Arena
July 9, 2014 Aarhus Denmark Musikhuset Aarhus
July 11, 2014 Stavern Norway Skråvika Stavern [e]
July 12, 2014 Kristiansand Bendiktsbukta [f]
July 14, 2014 Helsingborg Sweden Sofiero Castle
July 15, 2014 Gothenburg Trädgårdsföreningen
July 17, 2014 Pori Finland Kirjurinluoto Arena [g]
Oceania
August 9, 2014 Hamilton New Zealand Claudelands Arena 7,271 / 7,640 (95%) $656,978
August 10, 2014
August 13, 2014 Perth Australia Riverside Theatre 6,409 / 6,747 (95%) $852,829
August 14, 2014
August 15, 2014
August 18, 2014 Melbourne Palais Theatre 10,952 / 11,504 (95%) $1,663,660
August 19, 2014
August 20, 2014
August 21, 2014
August 25, 2014 Brisbane Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre 3,112 / 3,154 (99%) $461,681
August 27, 2014 The Tivoli
August 29, 2014 Canberra Canberra Royal Theatre 2,417 / 2,436 (99%) $385,837
August 31, 2014 Adelaide Adelaide Entertainment Centre 3,393 / 3,497 (97%) $318,785
September 3, 2014 Sydney Sydney State Theatre 6,015 / 6,015 (100%) $979,858
September 4, 2014
September 5, 2014
September 7, 2014 Sydney Opera House 4,159 / 4,209 (99%) $835,509
September 8, 2014
September 10, 2014 Christchurch New Zealand Horncastle Arena 4,971 / 5,026 (99%) $571,829
North America
October 17, 2014 Seattle United States Paramount Theatre
October 18, 2014
October 19, 2014
October 21, 2014 Portland Keller Auditorium
October 24, 2014 Los Angeles Dolby Theatre 8,748 / 10,398 (84%) $844,666
October 25, 2014
October 26, 2014
October 28, 2014 Oakland Paramount Theatre 6,649 / 7,500 (89%) $710,396
October 29, 2014
October 30, 2014
November 1, 2014 Denver Bellco Theatre
November 4, 2014 Minneapolis Orpheum Theatre 7,154 / 7,587 (94%) $747,634
November 5, 2014
November 6, 2014
November 8, 2014 Chicago Cadillac Palace Theatre
November 9, 2014
November 10, 2014
November 12, 2014 Cleveland Cleveland State Theatre
November 14, 2014 Boston Orpheum Theatre
November 15, 2014 Providence Providence Performing Arts Center
November 17, 2014 Toronto Canada Sony Centre for the Performing Arts
November 18, 2014
November 20, 2014 Pittsburgh United States Heinz Hall for the Performing Arts
November 21, 2014 Philadelphia Academy of Music
November 22, 2014
November 23, 2014
November 25, 2014 Washington, D.C. DAR Constitution Hall
November 26, 2014 Newark Prudential Hall 2,804 / 2,804 (100%) $267,058
November 28, 2014 New York City Beacon Theatre 13,951 / 13,951 (100%) $1,511,562
November 29, 2014
December 1, 2014
December 2, 2014
December 3, 2014
Total 84,545 / 92,468 (91%) $10,243,772

Cancellations and rescheduled shows[edit]

July 2, 2014 Vienna Wiener Stadthalle 2 Rescheduled to June 28, 2014.

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ The June 16, 2015 concert in Dublin is part of Live at the Marquee.
  2. ^ The June 29, 2015 concert in Oberosterreich is part of Clam Live.
  3. ^ The July 1, 2015 concert in Munich is part of Tollwood Summer Festival.
  4. ^ The July 5, 2015 concert in Słupsk is part of Rock Legend Festival.
  5. ^ The July 11, 2015 concert in Stavern is part of Stavernfestivalen.
  6. ^ The July 12, 2015 concert in Stavern is part of Odderøya Live.
  7. ^ The July 17, 2015 concert in Pori is part of Pori Jazz.

Reception[edit]

Dylan's 2014 leg of the Never Ending Tour has been met with almost completely favorable responses and reviews. Many complimenting his quality of shows, now he has focused on one particular set list.

In Japan Dylan was applauded for his selection and arrangement of the songs in his current set list, with one reviewer for the Japan Times in Tokyo "This [Dylan] is an artist still forever pushing the envelope, with one rendition of a song only rarely the same as any other".[13] In Osaka Dylan's vocal approach and quality were praised and a review called his vocal ability "solid".[14]

When Dylan visited the island of Hawaii straight after a run of concerts in Japan he was praised for "honey coated" vocals and the ability of his backing band. It was also noted how Dylan can make a concert feel "essential" for a fan whilst not particularly engaging with the audience.[15]

Dylan's return to Europe started with two shows in Ireland. At his Dublin concert it was noticed that Dylan still has the ability to attract a crowd of all ages. One reviewer, Aine Byrne, was slightly taken aback by some "unrecognisable" arrangements, the poor sound at the venue and the lack of interaction between Dylan and his audience. However, she stated "[Dylan] may be old and beat up, but the man has some punch in him yet". She also noted that the venue was full and praised the quality of the backing band. "A good concert, not the best, but to see and hear a living legend playing on form was a very pleasant experience indeed".[16] The Irish Mirror also called the concert a "rich theatrical experience".[17] In Bucharest the choice of instruments that the band chose to use to back Dylan were applauded. The show was called "Sometimes tender, sometimes playful and sometimes formidable – but always with venerable composure and poetic dignity".[18] In Vienna it was noted that Dylan is obviously comfortable with the material he is now playing and the order in which songs played was helped the sound and of the concert to create an "authentic theatre experience".[19] In Poland it was noted that Dylan's secondary 'festival' set list featured minimal materiel from the last few albums, the inclusion of a large amount of recent material became standard feature in set lists of recent years.[20] In Kristiansand, the inclusion of "Girl from the North Country" was met with a highly positive response, while the concert itself was deemed average, with on-and-off vocal performances.[21] This kind of report on his vocals lacking the smoothness of earlier in the year continued to the end of the tour.

The opening concert of the Oceania tour in New Zealand was met with the same very favourable reaction that met his tour in Japan. A reviewer from the Waikato Times noted the theatrical edge and stated that "Finally, Dylan and the band closed, leaving in their wake an awestruck audience, a standing ovation and the incomparable feeling of having witnessed a musical great – perhaps not in his prime, but by no means past it".[22] The second concert in Hamilton was met with the same kind of response. It was noted that a collection of microphones and dim lighing obscured the view of Dylan.[23] A review of Dylan's first concert in Australia at Perth's Riverside theatre by the Sydney Morning Herald noted that Dylan showed the Perth audience that he is "still on top of his game". The review made light that "He sang truly. This was as good as perfection, and there were diamonds, and little rust".[24] In Melbourne the show was praised for its intimate feel "It was a night to remember, though maybe not for the exact reasons we had expected. Rather, the aim seemed to be keeping everything as cosy as possible, inviting us to have a glimpse at Dylan's out-of-time universe for a couple of hours. Nothing more, and nothing less".[25] Dylan's main Brisbane show was also met with a positive response. The review also noted the dim lighting "He no longer plays guitar but occasionally piano, and under dim lighting – no doubt to discourage fans from sneaking a video souvenir".[26] Dylan performed a second, more intimate show in Brisbane and The Brisbane Times stated "Dylan was magnificent, backed by a band that switched between musical genres with effortless skill".[27] The positive reviews continued for Dylan's for the Canberra concert; "Looking dapper at 73, Dylan did not disappoint".[28] The Reviews of Sydney's series of concerts were also looked upon favourably, with the Brisbane Times stating "From evangelical to dirty roots, the veteran artist is in superb form".[29] The Oceania tour ended with a third concert in New Zealand. It was noted that although the set list of recent songs would disappoint the fans expecting early material however the review was favourable and noted "but we should be pleased that the creative Dylan has made it back to play his 21st show in New Zealand".[30]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Bob Dylan begins his 'never-ending' tour". The Guardian. 12 June 2011. Retrieved 26 November 2011. 
  2. ^ "The Evolution of Bob Dylan". Rolling Stone Magazine. Retrieved 26 November 2011. 
  3. ^ "Bob Dylan's Never-Ending Tour Keeps on Trucking". Rolling Stone Magazine. Retrieved 16 February 2012. 
  4. ^ "Dylan Digest- Breakin' News". Bob Dylan – Isis Magazine. 17 December 2013. Retrieved 17 December 2013. 
  5. ^ "Bob Dylan announces Japan tour". Inside Japan. 24 December 2013. Retrieved 27 December 2013. 
  6. ^ "Bob Dylan Announces Japanese Tour". Jam Bands. 26 December 2013. Retrieved 27 December 2013. 
  7. ^ "Singer-songwriter Bob Dylan to perform in Hawaii". Khon 2. 18 February 2014. Retrieved 7 March 2014. 
  8. ^ "Bob Dylan, Imelda May & Lana Del Rey added to Live at the Marquee". Aiken Promotions. Retrieved 22 August 2014. 
  9. ^ "Bob Dylan at The Marquee Review". GoldenPlec. 20 June 2014. Retrieved 22 August 2014. 
  10. ^ "Bob Dylan downsizes for tour Down Under". The Australian. 26 May 2014. Retrieved 23 June 2014. 
  11. ^ "Bob Dylan to play The Tivoli". Brisbane Time. 18 August 2014. Retrieved 22 August 2014. 
  12. ^ "The Basement Tapes To Be Released November 4". Bob Dylan. Retrieved 27 August 2014. 
  13. ^ "Review: Bob Dylan at Zepp DiverCity, Tokyo". Japan Times. April 3, 2014. Retrieved 8 November 2014. 
  14. ^ "In Context, Bob Dylan Delivers in Osaka, Japan". Live for the Music. April 25, 2014. Retrieved 8 November 2014. 
  15. ^ "Review: Bob Dylan, essential". Honolulu Pulse. April 27, 2014. Retrieved 8 November 2014. 
  16. ^ "Bob Dylan at the O2, Dublin – Review". Dublin Concerts. June 19, 2014. Retrieved 8 November 2014. 
  17. ^ "Bob Dylan rocks Dublin's O2 arena in front of thousands of fans". Irish Mirror. June 17, 2014. Retrieved 8 November 2014. 
  18. ^ "Concert review: Bob Dylan in Bucharest". Romania Insider. June 26, 2014. Retrieved 8 November 2014. 
  19. ^ "Vienna 28 June, 2014: A surprising performance of a non-surprising setlist". Positively Bob Dylan. June 29, 2014. Retrieved 8 November 2014. 
  20. ^ "Bob Dylan Plays Hits in Poland". Music News. July 6, 2014. Retrieved 8 November 2014. 
  21. ^ "Bob Dylan in Kristiansand, Norway 12 July 2014". Johanna's Visions. July 14, 2014. Retrieved 8 November 2014. 
  22. ^ "Review: Bob Dylan's a great with grasping growl". Stuff. August 10, 2014. Retrieved 8 November 2014. 
  23. ^ "Bob Dylan – Claudelands Arena, Hamilton August 9, 2014". 13th Floor. August 11, 2014. Retrieved 8 November 2014. 
  24. ^ "Review: Bob Dylan shows Perth he is still on top of his game". Sydney Morning Herald. August 14, 2014. Retrieved 8 November 2014. 
  25. ^ "Review: Bob Dylan – Melbourne". Faster Louder. August 19, 2014. Retrieved 8 November 2014. 
  26. ^ "Bob Dylan performs at Brisbane Convention Centre". News AU. August 26, 2014. Retrieved 8 November 2014. 
  27. ^ "Bob Dylan leaves Tivoli in awe: review". Brisbane Times. August 28, 2014. Retrieved 8 November 2014. 
  28. ^ "Dylan rocks Canberra again, a decade later". Canberra Times. August 30, 2014. Retrieved 8 November 2014. 
  29. ^ "Bob Dylan review: from evangelical to dirty roots, the veteran artist is in superb form". Sydney Morning Herald. September 4, 2014. Retrieved 8 November 2014. 
  30. ^ "Review: Bob Dylan in Christchurch". Stuff. September 11, 2014. Retrieved 8 November 2014. 

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