1             INTRODUCTION

Who would have thought that Bob Dylan not only would take up the role as Disc Jockey for a radio show, but that he should do it so well. From the first program treating the theme Weather he sounded perfectly comfortable, like he had been doing this for years. The first 34 shows of the planned series of 50 were broadcast in 2006. All were one hour programs except the theme Time, which ran for 77 minutes (!) and the two-hour Christmas and New Year’s program. Many of Bob Dylan's contributions were probably recorded during the Never-Ending Tour which this year consisted of 98 concerts in US and Europe. And as if this was not enough Bob Dylan found time to record a new album, Modern Times, in February-March! The album was released in August and songs from it made their live debuts during the US Fall Tour.


2             2006 AT A GLANCE



3             THE 2006 CALENDAR

25 January

The Times They Are A-Changing', a new musical based on Bob Dylan’s songs, premieres at the Old Globe Theater, San Diego, California.

31 January -
3 February

Rehearsals with the regular touring band for an upcoming recording session take place The Bardavon 1869 Opera House in Poughkeepsie, New York.

8 February

The Bob Dylan documentary No Direction Home wins a Grammy Award for Long Form Music Video.


Modern Times is recorded at the Clinton Studios in New York City, New York. The album is produced by Bob Dylan.

1 April

A lengthy US Spring tour starts in Reno, Nevada. The band is identical to the 2005 Fall line-up.

5 April

It is announced that Martin Scorsese’s documentary No Direction Home – Bob Dylan, is among the winners of the prestigious 65th Annual Peabody Awards.

3 May

The first episode of Theme Time Radio Hour, Weather, is broadcast on the Deep Tracks channel of XM Satellite Radio, a subscription-based satellite radio service. For more details please refer to chapter 6.

11 May

The Spring tour ends in Hollywood, Florida after 29 shows.

12-13 May

Dylan and the band go into Criteria Recording Studios in Miami, Florida and records n new Bob Dylan song, Huck’s Tune, which is released on the Lucky You soundtrack 24 April 2007 and later on The Bootleg Series Vol. 8: Tell Tale Signs, 6 October 2008.

24 June

This year Dylan plays a number of festivals mostly in southern Europe, 14 out of 20 shows in France, Spain and Italy. The tour starts in Kilkenny, Ireland with the Kilkenny Source Festival.

30 June

Roskilde Festival.

6 July

Cap Roig Gardens Festival.

11 July

Concierto Por La Paz (Peace Concert) in San Sebastian, Spain.

12 July

Les Estivales de Perpignan.

15 July

Pistoia Blues Festival.

12 August

A US Summer Tour of the North East starts in Comstock Park, Michigan.

29 August

Bob Dylan releases his 32nd studio album, Modern Times.

30 August

The concert in Rochester, New York features a rare performance of Joey, the first since Boone, North Carolina, 7 April 2004.

9 September

The US Summer Tour ends with a show in Fargo, North Dakota.

18 September

Dylan and the band play a short 8-song set at a private concert in the Genentech Campus, South San Francisco, California. No recording in circulation has surfaced from this occasion.

11 October

A long Fall Tour across North America starts with a show in the Pacific Coliseum in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. The first two songs from the new album Modern Times get their live debuts: When The Deal Goes Down and Workingman's Blues #2.

13 October

First live performance of Thunder On The Mountain at the show in Seattle, Washington.

14 October

First live performance of Rollin' And Tumblin' at the show in Portland, Oregon.

18 October

First live performance of Nettie Moore at the show in Sacramento, California.

22 October

First live performance of Spirit On The Water at the show in San Diego, California.

18 November

First live performance of The Levee's Gonna Break at the show in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

20 November

The Fall tour ends with a show in the New York City Center, New York City, New York. The eighth song from Modern Times, gets its live performance, Ain't Talkin'.





4.1       Modern Times

Columbia Records 82876 88306 2-1, recorded at The Clinton Studios in New York City, New York February March and released 25-29 August 2006.

The album contains the following tracks:



Live debut


Thunder On The Mountain

Seattle, Washington, 13 October 2006.


Spirit On The Water

San Diego, California, 22 October 2006.


Rollin' And Tumblin'

Portland, Oregon, 14 October 2006.


When The Deal Goes Down

Vancouver, British Columbia, 11 October 2006


Someday Baby



Workingman's Blues #2

Vancouver, British Columbia, 11 October 2006


Beyond The Horizon

Adelaide, South Australia, Australia, 21 August 2007.


Nettie Moore

Sacramento, California, 18 October 2006.


The Levee's Gonna Break

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 18 November 2006.


Ain't Talkin'

New York City, New York 20 November 2006.


Please refer to the recording session page for more detailed information.


4.2       Blues

A special collection, Columbia/Legacy 88697009172, released 19 December 2006 with liner Notes by Bill Flanagan.



From album:

Recording session


She Belongs To Me

Bringing It All Back Home

14 January 1965


Leopard-Skin Pill-Box Hat

Blonde On Blonde

14 February 1966


It Takes A Lot To Laugh,
It Takes A Train To Cry

Bootleg Series Vol. 1-3

15 June 1965


Down In The Flood

Bob Dylan’s Greatest Hits Vol. II

24 September 1971


Meet Me In The Morning

Blood On The Tracks

16 September 1974


Gotta Serve Somebody

Slow Train Coming

3 May 1979


The Groom’s Still Waiting At The Altar

Shot Of Love (CD-version)

Early May 1981


Seeing The Real You At Last

Empire Burlesque

28 January 1985


Everything Is Broken

Oh Mercy

March–July 1989


Dirt Road Blues

Time Out Of Mind

January 1997


High Water (for Charley Patton)

“Love And Theft”

9 – 26 May 2001


Blind Willie McTell

Bootleg Series Vol. 1-3

5 May 1983




4.3       Theme Time Radio Hour: Baseball


This CD was released in August 2006 and contains the 4th Theme Time Radio Hour program. It is the only program in which Bob Dylan actually sings. For details, please consult the session page.



4.4       Dylan Speaks


This DVD contains the Legendary 1965 Press Conference in San Francisco. Eagle Media EMDV622. Please refer to the corresponding session page for more details.