Sony to release new DVD/CD of legendary Bob Dylan tribute concert
By Chris Francescani
NEW YORK (Reuters) - In the fall of 1992, a group of music industry legends converged on New York City to pay tribute to Bob Dylan by performing his songs at a concert that has come to be seen as one of the most exciting in rock history.
This week, Sony Music Entertainment will release "Bob Dylan - The 30th Anniversary Concert Celebration," a new, high-definition DVD/CD edition of the concert at Madison Square Garden. The show marked Dylan's 30-year recording career with Columbia Records, now a division of Sony. PBS will begin airing the new version beginning March 4.
The lineup that night included Beatle George Harrison, Rolling Stone Ronnie Wood, Eric Clapton, Neil Young, Johnny Cash, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers and members of The Band and Pearl Jam.
Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson, Lou Reed, Richie Havens, John Mellencamp, Tracy Chapman, The Clancy Brothers, Booker T and the MGs, and G.E. Smith also performed.
"It was incredible," Smith, a former Saturday Night Live bandleader, recalled last week. "I've done a lot of things but never anything like that, with so many great people in the same place. Because it was for Bob Dylan, it felt like it really meant something to everyone there."
Smith said the artists' competitive spirits and reverential respect for Dylan produced some of the most remarkable performances he had ever seen. "It was surreal," he recalled. "Every two minutes something magical happened."
Over the years, new details have emerged about the event, and new interviews with performers and producers offer fresh glimpses into what went on, and what didn't, backstage at rehearsals.
Elvis Costello was to perform "Positively Fourth Street," but visa problems delayed him. Black Flag singer Henry Rollins was invited to perform "Subterranean Homesick Blues" backed by Pearl Jam, but the plan fell through, production sources told Reuters last week. Continued...