87 BOB DYLAN CONCERTS
I HAD (OR WILL HAVE) THE PLEASURE TO BE
A PART OF THE AUDIENCE
When living in Germany until
September 1999, I never had the chance to follow Bob around for half a tour like other Germans I know.
My record had been five concerts during one tour and by moving
to Ireland I did not improve my chances to ever top that. So I thought.
But things have changed. Intending to go to six shows in September 2000, my wife and I ended up
seeing ten: Dublin (both Vicar Street and The Point), Aberdeen, Glasgow, Newcastle,
Birmingham, Sheffield, Cardiff and Portsmouth (both shows).
In the summer of 2001 we saw another Irish concert in Kilkenny, and in May 2002 we had the
pleasure to see another eight shows in Britain: Brighton, Bournemouth, Cardiff, Newcastle,
Manchester, Birmingham and London (both shows).
During the European tour in the fall 2003 we intended to see of course
both Irish shows, in Dublin, and in Millstreet (here in County Cork).
The Millstreet show unfortunately was cancelled due to "viral laryngitis",
but I kept the page on the site, as it features some nice pics I took.
Also we did visit our native Germany before, and did see two fine Bob Dylan shows,
in Frankfurt and in Düsseldorf. But even before that we did celebrate my 40th birthday
in style, by spending a long October weekend in Sweden,
where we also saw two Bob Dylan concerts, in Stockholm and in Karlstad.
In the summer of 2004 we went up to Northern Ireland to see our first Belfast concert, and of
course straight to Galway, to witness Bob Dylan's first show in the west of Ireland.
During the European tour in the fall of 2005 we attended six shows. At first my wife and I flew
to the mainland to see the shows in Rotterdam, in Oberhausen, in Wetzlar (which is located 40 miles down
the road from where we used to live in Germany), and in Erfurt. And then, back in Ireland, we saw both
concerts in Dublin, which were the last ones of the touring year.
During the summer of 2006 we attented three Bob Dylan shows as
Bob Dylan finally performed here in Cork on 25 June at "The Marquee".
Another Irish show, which we saw as well, was added for the day before the Cork gig.
It took place at Kilkenny's Nowlan Park, where Bob Dylan had already played in the
summer of 2001. One week after Cork we saw another concert, in Gelsenkirchen,
Germany, where Bob Dylan performed in a modern Amphitheater.
As Dylan did not perform in Ireland in 2007, my wife and I revisited our
native Germany again, and went to see two concerts, in Düsseldorf and in Frankfurt,
in the same venues where we witnessed two great shows already back in the fall of 2003.
And as no concert in Ireland or Germany were scheduled for the European summer tour of 2008,
my wife and flew to the southern part of Spain in July, and saw three of the Dylan shows, in
Jaén, Jérez, and Mérida.
On May 5th and 6th 2009 we saw Bob Dylan twice in Dublin, which were his first
appearances in Ireland since his perfomance here in Cork in 2006.
In July 2010, nine days after the concert in Limerick I attended, our son was born,
so my wife has not been attending any shows with me since then. In 2011 I have witnessed first
the glorious show here in Cork in June, and then the show in Dublin in October.
Since Dylan did not perform in Ireland in 2012, I attended two shows on the European mainland,
in Bad Mergentheim, Germany (where I saw him already in 1991), and in Salzburg, Austria.
As the European autumn tour of 2013 did not include any Irish dates as well, I chose to
see another few shows on the continent, at first both shows in Stockholm (at the end of
two beautiful sunny sightseeing days immediately following my 50th birthday), where I
already saw Dylan once before, on my 40th birthday ten years earlier;
and then (in between visiting family in Germany) also the two
shows in Hamburg as well as the one in Düsseldorf.
The European tour of 2014 however started here in Ireland in June, so I attended both the concert
here in Cork and the one in Dublin the day after. Dylan's third appearance in Cork was the
first show in the 74th year of his life, as well as my 74th Bob Dylan concert.
As all the 59 European Bob Dylan concerts in 2015 (of which 19 took place in the summer,
and another 40 in the fall) have been outside of the Emerald Isle, I have attended
the last show of the summer tour in Lörrach in July; and also the first two
London shows in October, as well as the fine concert in Düsseldorf in November.
With the European spring tour of 2017 ending in Dublin, I had intended to only see
that one Irish show. But when three concerts at the Palladium in London were added to the
tour schedule later on, I chose to attend also the second one of these three shows.
As the European spring tour of 2018 did not come near these Irish shores, I decided to see the
two most eastern concerts of the tour, in Brno and in Wien, two cities I had never been to before.
The European spring tour of 2019 also did not include an Irish date, so I travelled to Prague in April
to attend the three fine concerts at the Lucerna, which was the first time for me to see three
consecutive shows at the same venue.
The European summer tour of 2019 will end in Kilkenny (with a huge open air concert in a hurling stadium,
with Neil Young also on the bill); and I have my ticket already for this gig in July.
The little DYLAN image by Milton Glaser on each concert page links directly to the
concert next page. A final page lists all the songs I have seen Bob Dylan perform,
together with performance dates linked to the relevant concert pages.
~ Markus Prieur ~ County Cork ~ Ireland ~
CINCINNATI, OHIO, NOVEMBER 5, 1981
HAMBURG, GERMANY, MAY 31, 1984
FRANKFURT, GERMANY, SEPTEMBER 28, 1987
BAD MERGENTHEIM, GERMANY, JUNE 22, 1991
WIESBADEN, GERMANY, FEBRUARY 20, 1993
COLOGNE, GERMANY, JULY 10, 1994
HALLE, GERMANY, JULY 23, 1994
GOTHA, GERMANY, JULY 24, 1994
ASCHAFFENBURG, GERMANY, MARCH 15, 1995
KERKRADE, NETHERLANDS, MARCH 19, 1995
DORTMUND, GERMANY, JULY 12, 1995
FRANKFURT, GERMANY, JUNE 19, 1996
BRUSSELS, BELGIUM, JUNE 22, 1996
MÜNSTER, GERMANY, JULY 1, 1996
MANNHEIM, GERMANY, JULY 2, 1996
HAMBURG, GERMANY, JULY 13, 1996
NÜRBURGRING, GERMANY, MAY 30, 1998
BREMEN, GERMANY, JUNE 14, 1998
ESSEN, GERMANY, JUNE 16, 1998
ZURICH, SWITZERLAND, APRIL 25, 1999
MUNICH, GERMANY, MAY 2, 1999
DUBLIN, IRELAND, SEPTEMBER 13, 2000
DUBLIN, IRELAND, SEPTEMBER 14, 2000
ABERDEEN, SCOTLAND, SEPTEMBER 16, 2000
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND, SEPTEMBER 17, 2000
NEWCASTLE, ENGLAND, SEPTEMBER 19, 2000
BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND, SEPTEMBER 20, 2000
SHEFFIELD, ENGLAND, SEPTEMBER 22, 2000
CARDIFF, WALES, SEPTEMBER 23, 2000
PORTSMOUTH, ENGLAND, SEPTEMBER 24, 2000
PORTSMOUTH, ENGLAND, SEPTEMBER 25, 2000
KILKENNY, IRELAND, JULY 15, 2001
BRIGHTON, ENGLAND, MAY 4, 2002
BOURNEMOUTH, ENGLAND, MAY 5, 2002
CARDIFF, WALES, MAY 6, 2002
NEWCASTLE, ENGLAND, MAY 8, 2002
MANCHESTER , ENGLAND, MAY 9, 2002
BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND, MAY 10, 2002
LONDON, ENGLAND, MAY 11, 2002
LONDON, ENGLAND, MAY 12, 2002
STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN, OCTOBER 11, 2003
KARLSTAD, SWEDEN, OCTOBER 12, 2003
FRANKFURT, GERMANY, NOVEMBER 5, 2003
DÜSSELDORF, GERMANY, NOVEMBER 8, 2003
DUBLIN, IRELAND, NOVEMBER 17, 2003
[MILLSTREET, IRELAND, NOVEMBER 18, 2003]
BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND, JUNE 26, 2004
GALWAY, IRELAND, JUNE 27, 2004
ROTTERDAM, NETHERLANDS, OCTOBER 28, 2005
OBERHAUSEN, GERMANY, OCTOBER 29, 2005
WETZLAR, GERMANY, OCTOBER 30, 2005
ERFURT, GERMANY, NOVEMBER 06, 2005
DUBLIN, IRELAND, NOVEMBER 26, 2005
DUBLIN, IRELAND, NOVEMBER 27, 2005
KILKENNY, IRELAND, JUNE 24, 2006
CORK, IRELAND, JUNE 25, 2006
GELSENKIRCHEN, GERMANY, JULY 02, 2006
DÜSSELDORF, GERMANY, APRIL 19, 2007
FRANKFURT, GERMANY, APRIL 21, 2007
JAÉN, SPAIN, JULY 05, 2008
JÉREZ, SPAIN, JULY 08, 2008
MÉRIDA, SPAIN, JULY 10, 2008
DUBLIN, IRELAND, MAY 05, 2009
DUBLIN, IRELAND, MAY 06, 2009
LIMERICK, IRELAND, JULY 04, 2010
CORK, IRELAND, JUNE 16, 2011
DUBLIN, IRELAND, OCTOBER 06, 2011
BAD MERGENTHEIM, GERMANY, JULY 06, 2012
SALZBURG, AUSTRIA, JULY 07, 2012
STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN, OCTOBER 12, 2013
STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN, OCTOBER 12, 2013
HAMBURG, GERMANY, OCTOBER 19, 2013
HAMBURG, GERMANY, OCTOBER 20, 2013
DÜSSELDORF, GERMANY, OCTOBER 22, 2013
CORK, IRELAND, JUNE 16, 2014
DUBLIN, IRELAND, JUNE 17, 2014
LÖRRACH, GERMANY, JULY 16, 2015
LONDON, ENGLAND, OCTOBER 21, 2015
LONDON, ENGLAND, OCTOBER 22, 2015
DÜSSELDORF, GERMANY, NOVEMBER 10, 2015
LONDON, ENGLAND, APRIL 29, 2017
DUBLIN, IRELAND, MAY 11, 2017
BRNO, CZECH REPUBLIC, APRIL 15, 2018
WIEN, AUSTRIA, APRIL 16, 2018
PRAGUE, CZECH REPUBLIC, APRIL 07, 2019
PRAGUE, CZECH REPUBLIC, APRIL 08, 2019
PRAGUE, CZECH REPUBLIC, APRIL 09, 2019
KILKENNY, IRELAND, JULY 14, 2019
SONGS I'VE SEEN