Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Bob Dylan on Late Night With David Letterman in 1984

Liberace, David Letterman, and Bob Dylan - NBC Studios, New York, NY, 3/22/84

On March 22, 1984, Bob Dylan gave this interesting three song performance on Late Night With David Letterman. Dylan was promoting his new album Infidels and decided to grab LA punk band The Plugz to back him up. The members of The Plugz here are Justin Jesting (guitar), Tony Marisco (bass), and Charlie Quintana (drums). This was this makeshift band's one and only public performance. I really wish there could have been more where this came from.

Dylan specifically wrote in his contract that he would not be interviewed, which explains the choice of this first song.

"Don't Start Me Talking" (Sonny Boy Williamson cover)

Bob Dylan - "Don't Start Me Talking" (Live on Letterman - 3/22/84))

"License to Kill"

Bob Dylan - "License to Kill" (Live on Letterman - 3/22/84)


Bob Dylan - "Jokerman" (Live on Letterman - 3/22/84)

The performance could have been even more interesting. In this rarely seen video from earlier that day, Bob and The Plugz soundcheck a cover of the Roy Head song "Treat Her Right."

Thanks for checking this out. Look for more Bob related stuff in the near future. I can't wait for his new album, Together Through Life, which will be out on April 28th.

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  1. These are fricking awesome. This was back when I watched Letterman religiously, though mostly in the summer. Wouldn't have appreciated it at the time anyways. Great post!

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  3. Very cool - pity SONY has pulled the videos - how is a fan supposed to enjoygood music if they pull it?

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