Bob Dylan – Mark Knopfler 2012 USA Tour

21st Nov 2012 – Brooklyn

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Thanks Giving. This amazing, resilient city has of course recently suffered once more, this time at the hands of god. Life came grinding to a halt on October 29th as the 'super-storm' Hurricane Sandy tore [...]

20th Nov 2012 – Washington DC

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Hats Off. Today's diary entry starts live from the tour bus. Our only daytime journey of the tour from one city to another meant climbing out of bed at an ungodly hour. Actually, 10:15am is [...]

19th Nov 2012 – Philadelphia PA

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Singing Sign   'There are three things you don't want on the road...Head ache, Stomach ache and Greg Lake' goes the ancient rock'n'roll joke but today, one of them got me. Most likely it was [...]

18th Nov 2012 – Boston MA

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Lobster Lure. The final day off of the tour landed us in Boston and for me, an irresistible urge to re-visit the Legal Seafood restaurant conveniently located next door to our hotel. I'd managed to [...]

16th Nov 2012 – Montreal QC

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FolkStream Fiasco. We wake to another beautifully crisp morning in Ontario and with the temperature slowly rising to a balmy, no a sultry ten degrees. We check out of our newly crowned king of hotels, [...]

14th Nov 2012 – Toronto ON

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Old and New. It's not often we get the opportunity to stay in a brand new hotel. The Four Seasons in Toronto is exactly that and has only been open for five weeks. As the [...]

13th Nov 2012 – Detroit MI

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Fabulous Fox. Sunglasses were the order of the morning today, not because of any self-induced morning-after situation but simply because it was SO damn bright. The repercussions of that Popeye grease injected chicken-part gluttony last [...]

12th Nov 2012 – Grand Rapids MI

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Bus Plane Bus. After two, yes two whole days off in Chicago, we are experiencing a typical early Winter weather phenomenon. Whilst Saturday was touching upon a balmy and humid 70 degrees with scattered thunderstorms, [...]

9th Nov 2012 – Chicago IL

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Sweet Tooth.   To say that we've been fortunate with the weather on this trip is an understatement. The chaos and terrible devastation on the East Coast caused by 'Sandy' and the cold weather systems [...]

8th Nov 2012 – Milwaukee WI

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Leinen-Kugel. Groggily, we woke this morning after a late check-in to the Milwaukee Pfister hotel. As I opened the laptop I thought about our intrepid crew boys who more often than not, don't have the [...]

5th Nov 2012 – Madison WI

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Barack Bowl Guy Fawkes night means little to folks in Wisconsin but this evening back at home in the UK, families will be out braving the Wintery elements, warming themselves beside a bonfire and watching [...]

3rd Nov 2012 – Omaha NE

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Poultry Potlatch. Based on the hotel breakfast options in Tulsa yesterday it was with trepidation I picked up the phone to make this morning's breakfast order. A very polite girl who announced herself as Jessica [...]

2nd Nov 2012 – Tulsa OK

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24 Hours In Tulsa A building boom in the early 20th century gave Tulsa one of the largest concentrations of art deco architecture in the United States. The Mayo is a typical example and an [...]

1st Nov 2012 – Grand Prairie TX

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Diamond Snap. I find myself writing more about days off than days on at the moment. I think we're starting to get used to this Dylan schedule. Certainly the last few non-show days have been [...]

27th Oct 2012 – Las Vegas NV

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Gold Gig. Today was our first 'three in one' day for a while, cities I mean. Los Angeles, Las Vegas and Denver. Departure time was a leisurely 2pm so there was time for a stroll, [...]

26th Oct 2012 – Hollywood CA

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The Bowl. Without wishing to rub salt into the weather wounds of those back home enduring what is by all accounts a pretty dreadful October, the weather this morning in Santa Monica was forecast to [...]

24th Oct 2012 – San Diego CA

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The 405. You don't hear many complaints coming from the band as yet another day off looms large on the sunny, hot West Coast of California. It appears that L.A. is under the influence of [...]

22nd Oct 2012 – Santa Barbara CA

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Good Life. The first of three luxurious days off in Sunny Santa Monica involved much catching up with family and friends. The weather has been continually gorgeous during our trip down the west coast but [...]

20th Oct 2012 – Sacramento CA

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Claw Hammer As we check out of the San Francisco Mandarin Oriental hotel I leave behind all thoughts of the 'E' word.. Not so much fear as an unnerving curiosity as to what it might [...]

19th Oct 2012 – Berkeley CA

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Magic Mist. Every time I walk into the hotel gym, I find another band member in there and this morning it was Jim rounding off his uphill marathon of torture on a Life Fitness treadmill. [...]

17th – 18th Oct 2012 – San Francisco CA

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Flip Flop Fail. The view from my hotel room, from the Transamerica pyramid building on the left, the Bay bridge and Treasure island, all the way to Candlestick Park and the South San Francisco hills [...]

15th Oct 2012 – Portland OR

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Ubiquitous Omnipresence. This morning breakfast is a healthy affair, I thought to myself as I tumbled homemade granola into the greek yoghurt and dressed it with a liberal helping of fresh blueberries and honey from [...]

13th Oct 2012 – Seattle WA

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Rain Love. The Pike Place Market on the Elliott Bay Seattle waterfront houses the oldest continually operated public farmers' markets in the United States. 10 million visitors inch their way through the market each year [...]

12th Oct 2012 – Vancouver BC

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Furry Finish.     A day off in one of our favourite cities in the world has to be a day to relish, so I did my utmost to arrange some golf knowing full well [...]

10th Oct 2012 – Calgary AB

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Bass Bin The sound of church bell ringing woke me this morning. Bell ringing in downtown Calgary?...on a Wednesday afternoon? On the hour there was a minute or so of ringing, fine, but at midday, [...]

9th Oct 2012 – Edmonton AB

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Ice Bath Bus life can take a bit of getting used to and the vast distances covered across North America are greatly different to the drives we've been used to recently in Europe. Our hardened [...]

8th Oct 2012 – Saskatoon SK

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Give Generously Day off - Saskatoon. Today's diary kicks off on a more somber note. Donny Silva, one of our beloved bus drivers in the US has suddenly found himself in a battle for his [...]

6th Oct 2012 – Regina SK

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Love and care     You don't travel far in Canada without thinking about how cold it can get here and whilst it is only mid-October, this early cold snap seems to have heralded the [...]

5th Oct 2012 – Winnipeg MN

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The Balmy South. As temperature differentials seem to be the hot topic of the week, Winnipeg has an extreme hemiboreal or humid continental climate with temperatures ranging from 42.2 °C (108 °F) to −47.8 °C (−54.0 °F). [...]

4th Oct 2012 – Production Rehearsal – Grand Forks

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Handshakes and Hugs. After being airborne for just under eight hours, our captain comes on the intercom and announces a fresh North-Easterly breeze in amongst his routine destination weather report. My immediate thought was "great, [...]

Secret shows! Sept 25th and 26th 2012

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The Shard and Gherkin. "Just off for a pint down the old Shard and Gherkin" ....it sounds like yer typical London pub doesn't it. We view the London skyline looking West from Tower Bridge as [...]

London Rehearsals – September 2012

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Olympic Blues. Here is one of life's little mysteries - So much has happened in the last ten months, in London, let alone the world. With the Queen's rain-soaked diamond Jubilee celebrations, the heady euphoria [...]