WHAT GOOD AM I?


WHAT GOOD AM I?



PERFORMANCES SINCE 2010


03/06/10, SOFIA, BULGARIA

12/06/10, LINZ, AUSTRIA

22/06/10, NICE, FRANCE

01/07/10, NANTES, FRANCE

05/04/13, BUFFALO, NEW YORK

06/04/13, AMHERST, MASSACHUSETTS

08/04/13, KINGSTON, RHODE ISLAND

09/04/13, LOWELL, MASSACHUSETTS

10/04/13, LEWISTON, MAINE

12/04/13, NEWARK, DELAWARE

13/04/13, CALIFORNIA, PENNSYLVANIA

14/04/13, ITHACA, NEW YORK

16/04/13, RICHMOND, VIRGINIA

18/04/13, BETHLEHEM, PENNSYLVANIA

19/04/13, AKRON, OHIO

20/04/13, KALAMAZOO, MICHIGAN

21/04/13, BOWLING GREEN, OHIO

23/04/13, ST. LOUIS, MISSOURI

24/04/13, SPRINGFIELD, MISSOURI

25/04/13, CHAMPAIGN, ILLINOIS

27/04/13, MURRAY, KENTUCKY

28/04/13, LOUISVILLE, KENTUCKY

30/04/13, ASHEVILLE, NORTH CAROLINA

01/05/13, CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA

02/05/13, RALEIGH, SOUTH CAROLINA

04/05/13, CHARLESTON, SOUTH CAROLINA

05/05/13, ST. AUGUSTINE, FLORIDA

10/10/13, OSLO, NORWAY

12/10/13, STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN

13/10/13, STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN

15/10/13, COPENHAGEN, DENMARK

16/10/13, COPENHAGEN, DENMARK

18/10/13, HANNOVER, GERMANY

19/10/13, HAMBURG, GERMANY

20/10/13, HAMBURG, GERMANY

22/10/13, DÜSSELDORF, GERMANY

24/10/13, BERLIN, GERMANY

25/10/13, BERLIN, GERMANY

26/10/13, BERLIN, GERMANY

28/10/13, GENEVA, SWITZERLAND

30/10/13, AMSTERDAM, THE NETHERLANDS

31/10/13, AMSTERDAM, THE NETHERLANDS

02/11/13, MILANO, ITALY

03/11/13, MILANO, ITALY

04/11/13, MILANO, ITALY

08/11/13, PADOVA, ITALY

10/11/13, BRUSSELS, BELGIUM

12/11/13, PARIS, FRANCE

13/11/13, PARIS, FRANCE

14/11/13, PARIS, FRANCE

16/11/13, ESCH-SUR-ALZETTE, LUXEMBOURG

18/11/13, GLASGOW, SCOTLAND

19/11/13, GLASGOW, SCOTLAND

20/11/13, GLASGOW, SCOTLAND

22/11/13, BLACKPOOL, ENGLAND

23/11/13, BLACKPOOL, ENGLAND

24/11/13, BLACKPOOL, ENGLAND

26/11/13, LONDON, ENGLAND

27/11/13, LONDON, ENGLAND

28/11/13, LONDON, ENGLAND

31/03/14, TOKYO, JAPAN

01/04/14, TOKYO, JAPAN

03/04/14, TOKYO, JAPAN

05/04/14, TOKYO, JAPAN

07/04/14, TOKYO, JAPAN

09/04/14, TOKYO, JAPAN

10/04/14, TOKYO, JAPAN

13/04/14, SAPPORO, JAPAN

14/04/14, SAPPORO, JAPAN

14/04/17, NAGOYA, JAPAN

14/04/18, NAGOYA, JAPAN

14/04/19, FUKUOKA, JAPAN

14/04/22, OSAKA, JAPAN

14/04/23, OSAKA, JAPAN

14/04/26, MAUI, HAWAII

14/04/29, HONOLULU, HAWAII

14/06/16, CORK, IRELAND

14/06/17, DUBLIN, IRELAND

14/06/20, ISTANBUL, TURKEY

14/06/25, BUCHAREST, ROMANIA

14/06/27, KOSICE, SLOVAKIA

14/06/28, VIENNA, AUSTRIA

14/06/29, KLAM, AUSTRIA

14/08/09, HAMILTON, NEW ZEALAND








What good am I


If I’m like all the rest


If I just turn away


When I see how you’re dressed


If I shut myself off


So I can’t hear you cry


What good am I?


What good am I


If I know and don’t do


If I see and don’t say


If I look right through you


If I turn a deaf ear


To the thunderin’ sky


What good am I?


What good am I


While you softly weep


And I hear in my head


What you say in your sleep


And I freeze in the moment


Like the rest who don’t try


What good am I?


What good am I then


To others and me


If I’ve had every chance


And yet still fail to see


If my hands are tied


Must I not wonder within


Who tied them and why


And where must I have been?


What good am I


If I say foolish things


And I laugh in the face of


What sorrow brings


And I just turn my back


While you silently die


What good am I?






From 1989 to 1999 “WHAT GOOD AM I?” had 158 stage appearances. I had seen Bob perform it twice during that decade, in Bad Mergentheim 1991, and in Mannheim 1996.

For more than ten and a half years “WHAT GOOD AM I?” had not been performed at all by Bob Dylan, when during the fourth show of his European tour of 2010, he pulled it out in Sofia, Bulgaria. Nine days later “WHAT GOOD AM I?” appeared again during a very fine set in Linz, Austria. Ten days after that “WHAT GOOD AM I?” was performed in Nice, France, and nine days after that once more in France, in Nantes.

Almost three years later, during the US spring tour of April and May 2013, Bob Dylan decided to treat all 23 of his audiences with some absolutely stunning versions of “WHAT GOOD AM I?”, playing his grand piano while delivering them.

The next 33 amazing performances of “WHAT GOOD AM I?” were during the fine European autumn tour in October and November 2013, where Dylan chose to perform this gem as the fourth song during all shows except the two "mix up" concerts in Rome. The second and the third appearance of this brilliant song that fall I witnessed in Stockholm, as well as the seventh and the eighth in Hamburg, and finally the ninth in Düsseldorf.

During the spring tour of 2014 “WHAT GOOD AM I?” was performed in fourteen of the seventeen concerts in Japan, and during both shows in Hawaii; and during the European summer tour “WHAT GOOD AM I?” appeared during seven concerts in June, the first two of which I had the pleasure to be a part of the audience.

During the down under tour of 2014, “WHAT GOOD AM I?” was performed only once, during the opening show in Hamilton, New Zealand.











video - What Good Am I? - Stockholm 2013-10-13 (on piano)



video - What Good Am I? - Hamburg 2013-10-19 (on piano)



video - What Good Am I? - Dublin 2014-06-17 (center stage)













~ MP3 ~ WHAT GOOD AM I? ~ LINZ, AUSTRIA ~ JUNE 12, 2010 ~


~ MP3 ~ WHAT GOOD AM I? ~ NICE, FRANCE ~ JUNE 22, 2010 ~


~ MP3 ~ WHAT GOOD AM I? ~ BUFFALO, NEW YORK ~ APRIL 5, 2013 ~


~ MP3 ~ WHAT GOOD AM I? ~ AMHERST, MASSACHUSETTS ~ APRIL 6, 2013 ~


~ MP3 ~ WHAT GOOD AM I? ~ KINGSTON, RHODE ISLAND ~ APRIL 8, 2013 ~


~ MP3 ~ WHAT GOOD AM I? ~ LOWELL, MASSACHUSETTS ~ APRIL 9, 2013 ~


~ MP3 ~ WHAT GOOD AM I? ~ LEWISTON, MAINE ~ APRIL 10, 2013 ~


~ MP3 ~ WHAT GOOD AM I? ~ NEWARK, DELAWARE ~ APRIL 12, 2013 ~


~ MP3 ~ WHAT GOOD AM I? ~ ITHACA, NEW YORK ~ APRIL 14, 2013 ~


~ MP3 ~ WHAT GOOD AM I? ~ RICHMOND, VIRGINIA ~ APRIL 16, 2013 ~


~ MP3 ~ WHAT GOOD AM I? ~ BETHLEHEM, PENNSYLVANIA ~ APRIL 18, 2013 ~


~ MP3 ~ WHAT GOOD AM I? ~ AKRON, OHIO ~ APRIL 19, 2013 ~


~ MP3 ~ WHAT GOOD AM I? ~ KALAMAZOO, MICHIGAN ~ APRIL 20, 2013 ~


~ MP3 ~ WHAT GOOD AM I? ~ BOWLING GREEN, OHIO ~ APRIL 21, 2013 ~


~ MP3 ~ WHAT GOOD AM I? ~ ST. LOUIS, MISSOURI ~ APRIL 23, 2013 ~


~ MP3 ~ WHAT GOOD AM I? ~ SPRINGFIELD, MISSOURI ~ APRIL 24, 2013 ~


~ MP3 ~ WHAT GOOD AM I? ~ CHAMPAIGN, ILLINOIS~ APRIL 25, 2013 ~


~ MP3 ~ WHAT GOOD AM I? ~ CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA ~ MAY 1, 2013 ~


~ MP3 ~ WHAT GOOD AM I? ~ RALEIGH, NORTH CAROLINA ~ MAY 2, 2013 ~


~ MP3 ~ WHAT GOOD AM I? ~ ST. AUGUSTINE, FLORIDA ~ MAY 5, 2013 ~


~ MP3 ~ WHAT GOOD AM I? ~ OSLO, NORWAY ~ OCTOBER 10, 2013 ~


~ MP3 ~ WHAT GOOD AM I? ~ STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN ~ OCTOBER 13, 2013 ~


~ MP3 ~ WHAT GOOD AM I? ~ HAMBURG, GERMANY ~ OCTOBER 19, 2013 ~


~ MP3 ~ WHAT GOOD AM I? ~ HAMBURG, GERMANY ~ OCTOBER 20, 2013 ~


~ MP3 ~ WHAT GOOD AM I? ~ DÜSSELDORF, GERMANY ~ OCTOBER 22, 2013 ~


~ MP3 ~ WHAT GOOD AM I? ~ BERLIN, GERMANY ~ OCTOBER 26, 2013 ~


~ MP3 ~ WHAT GOOD AM I? ~ AMSTERDAM, THE NETHERLANDS ~ OCTOBER 30, 2013 ~


~ MP3 ~ WHAT GOOD AM I? ~ MILANO, ITALY ~ NOVEMBER 4, 2013 ~


~ MP3 ~ WHAT GOOD AM I? ~ PADOVA, ITALY ~ NOVEMBER 8, 2013 ~


~ MP3 ~ WHAT GOOD AM I? ~ GLASGOW, SCOTLAND ~ NOVEMBER 20, 2013 ~


~ MP3 ~ WHAT GOOD AM I? ~ BLACKPOOL, ENGLAND ~ NOVEMBER 24, 2013 ~


~ MP3 ~ WHAT GOOD AM I? ~ LONDON, ENGLAND ~ NOVEMBER 26, 2013 ~


~ MP3 ~ WHAT GOOD AM I? ~ LONDON, ENGLAND ~ NOVEMBER 27, 2013 ~


~ MP3 ~ WHAT GOOD AM I? ~ LONDON, ENGLAND ~ NOVEMBER 28, 2013 ~


~ MP3 ~ WHAT GOOD AM I? ~ TOKYO, JAPAN ~ MARCH 31, 2014 ~


~ MP3 ~ WHAT GOOD AM I? ~ TOKYO, JAPAN ~ APRIL 3, 2014 ~


~ MP3 ~ WHAT GOOD AM I? ~ TOKYO, JAPAN ~ APRIL 5, 2014 ~


~ MP3 ~ WHAT GOOD AM I? ~ TOKYO, JAPAN ~ APRIL 7, 2014 ~


~ MP3 ~ WHAT GOOD AM I? ~ TOKYO, JAPAN ~ APRIL 10, 2014 ~


~ MP3 ~ WHAT GOOD AM I? ~ SAPPORO, JAPAN ~ APRIL 13, 2014 ~


~ MP3 ~ WHAT GOOD AM I? ~ NAGOYA, JAPAN ~ APRIL 17, 2014 ~


~ MP3 ~ WHAT GOOD AM I? ~ FUKUOKA, JAPAN ~ APRIL 19, 2014 ~


~ MP3 ~ WHAT GOOD AM I? ~ OSAKA, JAPAN ~ APRIL 23, 2014 ~


~ MP3 ~ WHAT GOOD AM I? ~ HONOLULU, HAWAII ~ APRIL 29, 2014 ~


~ MP3 ~ WHAT GOOD AM I? ~ CORK, IRELAND ~ JUNE 16, 2014 ~


~ MP3 ~ WHAT GOOD AM I? ~ DUBLIN, IRELAND ~ JUNE 17, 2014 ~


~ MP3 ~ WHAT GOOD AM I? ~ KOSICE, SLOVAKIA ~ JUNE 27, 2014 ~


~ MP3 ~ WHAT GOOD AM I? ~ KLAM, AUSTRIA ~ JUNE 29, 2014 ~


~ MP3 ~ WHAT GOOD AM I? ~ HAMILTON, NEW ZEALAND ~ AUGUST 9, 2014 ~











Biblical references:


~ James 4 ~


Whoever knows the right thing to do and fails to do it, for him it is sin.


~ Romans 7 ~

I do not understand my own actions. For I do not do what I want, but I do the very thing I hate. Now if I do what I do not want, I agree with the law, that it is good. So now it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells within me. For I know that nothing good dwells in me, that is, in my flesh. For I have the desire to do what is right, but not the ability to carry it out. For I do not do the good I want, but the evil I do not want is what I keep on doing. Now if I do what I do not want, it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells within me. So I find it to be a law that when I want to do right, evil lies close at hand. For I delight in the law of God, in my inner being, but I see in my members another law waging war against the law of my mind and making me captive to the law of sin that dwells in my members. Wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death? Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord!