Video: Watch Bob Dylan Play “Lenny Bruce” for the First Time in 11 Years –

On Oct. 11, Bob Dylan opened his North American tour on the West Coast at UC Irvine’s Bren Events Center, and played a single set that included his first take on “Lenny Bruce” since 2008.

The long-dormant Shot of Love track came midway through Dylan’s performance, and after the following “Early Roman Kings,” the legendary musician introduced the new members of his band, including drummer Matt Chamberlain (Pearl Jam, Marco Benevento) and guitarist Bob Britt (Leon Russell, the Dixie Chicks, John Fogerty). Another rarity – “Not Dark Yet” – came later, marking its first appearance on a Dylan setlist since 2012.

Earlier, Dylan started the show with “Beyond Here Lies Nothing,” a song co-written by Robert Hunter; it presumably acted as a tribute to the late songwriter, who passed in late September.

See Dylan’s full setlist, watch him perform “Lenny Bruce” and check out his upcoming tour dates below:

Bob Dylan
Oct. 11, 2019
Irvine, CA – UC Irvine – Bren Events Center

Beyond Here Lies Nothin’, It Ain’t Me, Babe, Highway 61 Revisited, When I Paint My Masterpiece, Can’t Wait, Simple Twist of Fate, Honest With Me, Tryin’ to Get to Heaven, Make You Feel My Love, Pay in Blood, Lenny Bruce^, Early Roman Kings, Girl From the North Country, Not Dark Yet*, Thunder on the Mountain, Soon After Midnight, Gotta Serve Somebody

Enc: Long and Wasted Years, It Takes a Lot to Laugh, It Takes a Train to Cry

^ first since 2008
* first since 2012


Bob Dylan Tour Dates
Oct 14 – Palo Alto, CA – Stanford University – Frost Amphitheatre
Oct 17 – Denver, CO – The Mission Ballroom
Oct 19 – Lincoln, NB – Pinnacle Bank Arena
Oct 20 – Kansas City, MO – Arvest Bank Theatre at the Midland
Oct 22 – St. Louis, MO – Stifel Theatre
Oct 23 – Ames, IA – Iowa State University – C.Y. Stephens Auditorium
Oct 24 – Mankato, MN – Mankato Civic Center
Oct 26 – Milwaukee, WI – Eagles Ballroom
Oct 27 – Bloomington, IN – Indiana University – Auditorium
Oct 29 – Normal, IL – Illinois State University – Braden Auditorium
Oct 30 – Chicago, IL – Credit Union 1 Arena at UIC
Nov 1 – South Bend, IN – Morris Performing Arts Center
Nov 2 – Muncie, IN – Ball State University – Emens Auditorium
Nov 4 – Columbus, OH – Ohio State University – Mershon Auditorium
Nov 5 – East Lansing, MI – Michigan State University – Wharton Center for the Perf. Arts
Nov 6 – Ann Arbor, MI – University of Michigan – Hill Auditorium
Nov 8 – Highland Heights, KY – Northern Kentucky University – BB&T Arena
Nov 9 – Akron, OH – University of Akron – EJ Thomas Performing Arts Hall
Nov 10 – Moon Township, PA, – Robert Morris University – UPMC Events Center
Nov 12 – Baltimore, MD – University of Maryland Baltimore County – UMBC Event Center
Nov 13 – Petersburg, VA – Virginia State University – Multi-Purpose Center
Nov 15 – University Park, PA – Penn State University – Eisenhower Auditorium
Nov 17 – Ithaca, NY – Ithaca College – Athletics and Events Center
Nov 19 – Lowell, MA – University of Massachusetts – Tsongas Arena
Nov 20 – Providence, RI – Providence Performing Arts Center

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