Bob Dylan - live performance - awards show - early-mid 2000s
March 2, 2014 3:30 PM   Subscribe

I'm looking for audio-visual footage of a live performance by Bob Dylan and his band, at an awards show in the early-mid 2000s.

I don't know what the song was. I think it had a kind of menacing tone overall. I have a hunch that it was a song from a then-current album of his. But I'm not familiar with any of his albums post-Blonde On Blonde.

What I do recollect is that the tempo or time signature changed dramatically at key points in the song (perhaps at the transitions from verse to chorus and back again). I also recall that Dylan and his band were huddled relatively close together on the stage - relative to the size of the awards-show stage. And I think that there were some interesting lighting effects in sync with the tempo changes.
posted by paleyellowwithorange to Media & Arts (18 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
Things Have Changed, at the Oscars? (Menacing/ominous sound, huddled band, awards show, early 2000s)
posted by Alvy Ampersand at 3:36 PM on March 2, 2014

That's not it, sorry - that's not the song. Also, as far as I recall, Dylan and his band were actually present on stage at the show.
posted by paleyellowwithorange at 3:47 PM on March 2, 2014

Was it the 1998 Grammys? This was the soy bomb guy, but I think they were playing Love Sick? Looking for a good link.
posted by handful of rain at 3:49 PM on March 2, 2014

posted by handful of rain at 3:58 PM on March 2, 2014

There's one other thought I had that I'm not able to google up - it was an awards show performance where the nominees played on a stage surrounded by a giant frame/box. After Dylan, the last nominee for the category, played they did the usual "And the nominees are..." roll, cutting live to a shot of each performer in the audience. When they cut to the shot where Dylan and the band were supposed to be standing backstage post-performance it was empty - I always imagined some guy with a headset freaking out that Bob wasn't standing where they wanted him to stand. But I can't immediately find/google that clip or performance.
posted by handful of rain at 4:04 PM on March 2, 2014

No, sorry, that isn't it either. :-(

There were definitely a few marked tempo/rhythm change throughout the song. And creative lighting.
posted by paleyellowwithorange at 4:24 PM on March 2, 2014

This is a long shot, but any chance it was a clip from Masked and Anonymous? Not an awards show, but at least one of the performance scenes was marked by a very tight arrangement with the band, I recall the way it was staged. I'll try to find a link later.
posted by handful of rain at 4:45 PM on March 2, 2014

Yeah, I remember that tight performance in M&A (loved it!), but that wasn't it. Mos def an awards show.
posted by paleyellowwithorange at 4:56 PM on March 2, 2014

I think I saw that performance too... as I recall it was this song, "Cry a While" off of Love and Theft

I know that it was on an award show because I remember thinking how lose and swinging the performance and band were for such a sterile event... but alas I cannot find a link to the actual performance.
posted by hector horace at 5:21 PM on March 2, 2014

Ooh yeah! That's definitely the song! Menacing tone, tempo changes, correct era.

Now we just need to figure out when he performed it at an awards show around that time.
posted by paleyellowwithorange at 5:30 PM on March 2, 2014

It was the 2002 Grammy Awards! Here's a link

Can't find the clip though!
posted by hector horace at 5:32 PM on March 2, 2014

Looks like there was a clip here, which "is no longer available due to a copyright claim by SME". :-(
posted by paleyellowwithorange at 6:14 PM on March 2, 2014

Awesome - that is totally the one I was remembering in my third comment!!! Too bad it's not online :(
posted by handful of rain at 7:38 PM on March 2, 2014

I just came in to say that the song you are thinking of is Cry A While with that awesome early 2000's lineup that included Charlie Sexton. Best backup band for Dylan since the Hawks/the Band.
posted by KokuRyu at 10:22 PM on March 2, 2014

FWIW, this version of Cold Irons Bound has the same awesome lineup.
posted by KokuRyu at 9:10 PM on March 3, 2014

Wait! I found it!
posted by KokuRyu at 9:12 PM on March 3, 2014 [1 favorite]

Brilliant! Thanks KokuRyu!

Now if someone could find the video to match...
posted by paleyellowwithorange at 9:28 PM on March 3, 2014

This is - without a doubt - the most shocking (in a good way) performance I ever witnessed watching an awards show. Totally unexpected, and totally uncompromising. I remember thinking, "This is not music for people in tuxedos. This is not a surefire crowd-pleaser. This guy doesn't pander. Bob Dylan forty years into his career is still pushing the boundaries."
posted by paleyellowwithorange at 9:54 PM on March 3, 2014

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