Everybody Must Get Stoned!

Bob Dylan’s Thomond Park gig on July 4th is going to be a big day for music lovers in Limerick, but it’s going to be an even bigger one for a one lucky local act. It hadn’t been officially announced when I wrote last week that Alabama 3 had been added to the list of support acts for the day. The organisers of the the event, Aiken Promotions, have since confirmed that Alabama 3 will join Seasick Steve and David Gray for what promises to be an interesting lineup. They have also revealed that the opening act will be drawn from a shortlist of five unsigned Limerick acts who’ll perform at Dolan’s Warehouse at the end of June for the chance to appear on the same stage as Bob. The competition is being organised by a local newspaper and radio station and you can find more details at the websites of The Limerick Leader and 95fm. Fair play to Aiken Productions for giving this opportunity to a local band and well done to the local media for giving the gig some free publicity

Bob Dylan will also be making a few appearances on a documentary shown on the BBC tonight about another American singer-songwriter, Tom Petty. Dylan and Petty toured together in the eighties and were also members of The Traveling Wilburys along with George Harrison, Roy Orbison and Jeff Lynne. Runnin’ Down a Dream is the title of the, wait for it, four-hour documentary that will also take in Petty’s time with his backing band The Heartbreakers, his problems with drugs and conflict with record companies. It seems rather lengthy, but it also includes footage shot by Petty before the band got a deal as well as live footage from throughout his career. The documentary was made by film historian and director, Peter Bogdanovich, who’s best known for a couple of films about the movie industry, The Last Picture Show and Nickelodeon. Here’s Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers singing one of Dylan’s songs and the former leader of The Byrds introduces his version of one of Petty’s most popular songs by pointing out his influence on Petty’s sound

Rainy Day Women #12 & 35 (Bob Dylan cover) – Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers

American Girl (Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers cover) – Roger McGuinn

Image courtesy of 30 Days Out


2 thoughts on “Everybody Must Get Stoned!

  1. Those are two GREAT covers! I’d never heard either of them. Close enough to the original, yet completely in their own style.

    That promises to be an epic show – Seasick Steve is a blast! David Gray is solid, and the lucky local band – no pressure, eh?

    • Yeah, it looks like being a great day out and not too far to travel. Alabama 3 could be good, too, as long as they aren’t too stoned! There’ll be a nice bit of competition amongst a few local bands for the opening slot, but they should do a good job

      The Petty cover is one of two covers he did for the Dylan 30th Anniversary show a few years back. There’s lots of other good stuff on that as well. McQuinn’s is great and I love his introduction to it that highlights his influence on Petty’s music

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