The 30th Anniversary Concert Celebration

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The 30th Anniversary Concert Celebration
Bob Dylan - The 30th Anniversary Concert Celebration.jpg
Live album by
various artists
ReleasedAugust 24, 1993 (1993-08-24)
RecordedOctober 16, 1992, Madison Square Garden, New York City
ProducerJeff Kramer, Jeff Rosen and Don DeVito
Various artists chronology
Good as I Been to You
The 30th Anniversary Concert Celebration
World Gone Wrong

The 30th Anniversary Concert Celebration is a live double-album release in recognition of Bob Dylan's 30 years as a recording artist. Recorded on October 16, 1992, at Madison Square Garden in New York City, it captures most of the concert, which featured many artists performing classic Dylan songs, before ending with three songs from Dylan himself.

The house band for the show were the surviving members of Booker T. & the M.G.'s: Booker T. Jones on organ, Donald "Duck" Dunn on bass, and Steve Cropper on guitar. Joining them was drummer Anton Fig filling in for the late Al Jackson, plus drummer Jim Keltner. Longtime Saturday Night Live bandleader and initial lead guitar player in Dylan's Never Ending Tour G. E. Smith served as the music director of the whole event as well as a sideman on guitar and mandolin for several artists. Background singers were Sheryl Crow and Sue Medley among others.

The 30th Anniversary Concert Celebration, which reached No. 40 (in the US and went gold), was released in August 1993 just before Dylan was about to deliver his second folk studio set inside of a year, World Gone Wrong. The concert was dubbed "Bobfest" by Neil Young at the beginning of his "All Along the Watchtower" cover.

A VHS collection of the same name was released on August 25, 1993. On March 4, 2014, the concert was released in Deluxe Edition 2-DVD and Blu-ray sets with bonus performances and behind-the-scenes rehearsal footage, as well as a 2-CD set with two bonus rehearsal tracks.


Professional ratings
Review scores
The Encyclopedia of Popular Music[2]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks are written by Bob Dylan.

Disc one
1."Like a Rolling Stone"John Cougar Mellencamp6:53
2."Leopard-Skin Pill-Box Hat"John Cougar Mellencamp4:20
3."Introduction"Kris Kristofferson0:55
4."Blowin' in the Wind"Stevie Wonder8:53
5."Foot of Pride"Lou Reed8:47
6."Masters of War"Eddie Vedder and Mike McCready of Pearl Jam5:06
7."The Times They Are A-Changin'"Tracy Chapman3:01
8."It Ain't Me Babe"June Carter Cash and Johnny Cash3:50
9."What Was It You Wanted"Willie Nelson5:47
10."I'll Be Your Baby Tonight"Kris Kristofferson3:04
11."Highway 61 Revisited"Johnny Winter5:05
12."Seven Days"Ronnie Wood5:26
13."Just Like a Woman"Richie Havens5:50
14."When the Ship Comes In"The Clancy Brothers, Robbie O'Connell and Tommy Makem4:23
15."You Ain't Going Nowhere"Mary Chapin Carpenter, Rosanne Cash and Shawn Colvin3:52
16."Don't Think Twice, It's All Right" (rehearsal bonus track from the 2014 Remastered Deluxe Edition)Eric Clapton6:27
Total length:81:39
Disc two
1."Just Like Tom Thumb's Blues"Neil Young5:38
2."All Along the Watchtower"Neil Young6:20
3."I Shall Be Released"Chrissie Hynde4:26
4."Don't Think Twice, It's All Right"Eric Clapton6:09
5."Emotionally Yours"The O'Jays5:43
6."When I Paint My Masterpiece"The Band4:23
7."Absolutely Sweet Marie"George Harrison4:43
8."License to Kill"Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers4:52
9."Rainy Day Women #12 & 35"Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers4:44
10."Mr. Tambourine Man"Roger McGuinn with Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers4:10
11."It's Alright, Ma (I'm Only Bleeding)"Bob Dylan6:21
12."My Back Pages"Bob Dylan, Roger McGuinn, Tom Petty, Neil Young, Eric Clapton and George Harrison4:39
13."Knockin' on Heaven's Door"All5:38
14."Girl from the North Country"Bob Dylan5:12
15."I Believe in You" (rehearsal bonus track from the 2014 Remastered Deluxe Edition)Sinéad O'Connor6:20
Total length:79:18


Additional musicians[edit]


Jeff Kramer- production


Region Certification Certified units/sales
Australia (ARIA)[3]
Gold 7,500^
United States (RIAA)[4] Gold 500,000^

^ Shipments figures based on certification alone.


  1. ^ allmusic
  2. ^ Larkin, Colin (2007). The Encyclopedia of Popular Music (4th ed.). Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-0195313734.
  3. ^ "ARIA Charts – Accreditations – 2014 DVDs" (PDF). Australian Recording Industry Association. Retrieved July 24, 2020.
  4. ^ "American album certifications – Various – 30th Anniversary Concert Celebration". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved July 24, 2020.

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