2      2009 AT A GLANCE

3      THE 2009 CALENDAR


4.1      Together Through Life

4.2      Christmas In The Heart

4.3      The People Speak

4.4      Web Bob

4.5      New recordings in circulation 2009

4.5.1       New Soundboards

4.5.2       Jann Wenner 1969 Interview for Rolling Stone

1           INTRODUCTION

A year of surprises! Less than two years and a new studio album, Together Through Life with most songs penned with Robert Hunter of Grateful Dead fame. And then another album! The odds for a Christmas album by Bob Dylan must have been astronomical until this year, but here it is: Christmas In The Heart with Bob Dylans royalties going to charity organizations around the world, feeding the hungry. Less surprising, the 22nd year of The Never Ending Tour swept through Europe and the US with 97 new shows.


2           2009 AT A GLANCE



3           THE 2009 CALENDAR

3 January

William Zantzinger dies.

7 January

Show # 86: “Work” in the Theme Time Radio Hour series is broadcast.

28 January

It is announced that Bob Dylan has given permission for his song Blowin' In The Wind to be used in a tv commercial for The Co-operative Group in the UK. Dylan's decision is said to have been influenced by the Co-op's high ethical guidelines regarding fair trade and the environment.


Bob Dylan records two Woody Guthrie songs, Do Re Mi and Vigilante Man in Malibu, California with Ry Cooder and Van Dyke Parks. The former song is included in the film The People Speak and the soundtrack.

22 March

This year’s Europe tour starts weith a warm-up show at the 1000-seater Berns Salonger in Stockholm, Sweden. The band remains the same. This show contains the live debut of Billy from Pat Garrett & Billy The Kid.

29 March

At the show in Copenhagen, Denmark Gotta Serve Somebody is played for the first time since St. Pete Times Forum, Tampa, Florida 30 July 2003.

8 April

The Times We've Known by Charles Aznavour  is played for second time, the first being in New York City, New York 1 November 1998.

11 April

First performance of Tough Mama since New York City, New York 28 April 2005 at the show in Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

15 April

The final Theme Time Radio Hour, no 100: Goodbye is aired.

17 April

Another live debut: Return To Me, a song recorded at Sony Music Studios, New York City, New York, 17 December 2000 and later released on the soundtrack  Sopranos. Peppers & Eggs.

27 April

Together Through Life is released.

1 May

At the show in Liverpool, England Something is played for the second time,  the first being in Madison Square Garden, New York City 13 November 2002. While in Liverpool, Bob Dylan visits Mendips, the childhood home of John Lennon of The Beatles.

3 May

Together Through Life, reaches No1 in the US and UK charts simultaneously. As a result, Dylan becomes the oldest artist to have a No1 album in the UK.

5 May

At the first show in Dublin, Ireland, If You Ever Go To Houston is played for the first time. It is the first song from Together Through Life to be played live.

6 May

The 33rd and last show of the European tour.


Christmas In The Heart recording sessions takes place in the Groove Masters Studios in Santa Monica, California.

10 June

The keyboard player and co-producer of the album Slow Train Coming, Barry Beckett, dies at home in Hendersonville, Tennessee, aged 66.

11 June

Bob Dylan and the touring band perform Things Have Changed at The American Film Institute Lifetime Achievement Award as a tribute To Michael Douglas.

28-30 June

Rehearsals for the next tour takes place at Barrymore Theater in Madison, Wisconsin.

1 July

The US Summer tour starts with a show at the Summerfest in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Jolene and Forgetful Heart get their live debuts.

2 July

Live debut of This Dream Of You at the show in Sauget, Illinois.

10 July

This night in Dayton, Ohio it is Beyond Here Lies Nothin' that is premiered.

11 July

Lucas Nelson joins the band and plays guitar from Highway 61 Revisited to the end.

15 July

Tonight it is time for I Feel A Change Comin' On to be be played live for the first time.

23 July

Bob Dylan is detained by police in Long Branch, New Jersey, after he is seen on a rainy day looking in a window of a house for sale. Police officers, called by neighbours fail to recognize Dylan, who is not carrying ID, so they drive him to his hotel where his staff confirm his identity. The officers describe Dylan as polite and "really cool” about the whole incident. It is later realised that the area is close to where Bruce Springsteen wrote Born to Run, so Dylan may have been looking for Springsteen's former house.

4 August

Charlie Sexton joins the band after three songs at the show in Round Rock, Texas.

7 August

Mike Seeger dies.

8 August

First live performance of Not Fade Away since San Diego, California 19 October 2002 in Lubbock, Texas.

11 August

Bob Dylan's show on this night at Camelback Ranch in Glendale, Arizona, USA, is cancelled as the temperature is expected to reach 1100 Fahrenheit or 430 Celsius.

12 August

Lucas Nelson joins the band and plays guitar on the encores at the show in Lake Elsinore, California.

15 August

The author of Across The Borderline, Jim Dickinson dies. He played guitar on Time Out Of Mind.

16 August

Live debut of Heartbreak Hotel at the last US Summer show in Stateline, Nevada.

4 October

Dylan kicks off the 33-stop US Fall Tour in Seattle, Washington with the first live performance of Gonna Change My Way Of Thinking  since Charleston, West Virginia, 9 February 1980! Denny Freeman has left the band after 441 (!) concerts. He is replaced by Charlie Sexton who played with Dylan between  5 June 1999 and 24 November 2001.

 5 October

The second night in Seattle, Washington sees the live debut of My Wife's Home Town.

12 October

Christmas In The Heart is released.

31 October

At the second show in Chicago, Illinois Stu Kimball sings a Tom Waits imitation of Jesus Gonna Be Here. It’s All Good is played for the first time.

2 November

In Bloomington, Indiana Stu Kimball again imitates Tom Waits by singing one verse of San Diego Serenade.

17-19 November

This year’s touring ends with three shows at the United Palace Theatre in New York City, New York.

8 December

Release of the soundtrack from The People Speak film.

13 December

The People Speak film is broadcast by History Channel in the US.





4.1       Together Through Life

Recorded October 2008 somewhere in California. Released on CD Columbia 8697-51697-2, 27 April 2009.



First played live:


Beyond Here Lies Nothin'

Dayton, Ohio, 10 July 2009


Life Is Hard



My Wife's Home Town

Seattle, Washington, 5 October 2009


If You Ever Go To Houston

Dublin, Ireland, 5 May 2009


Forgetful Heart

Milwaukee,  Wisconsin, 1 July 2009



Milwaukee,  Wisconsin, 1 July 2009


This Dream Of You

Sauget, Illinois, 2 July 2009


Shake Shake Mama



I Feel A Change Comin' On

New Britain , Connecticut , 15 July 2009


It's All Good

Chicago, Illinois,  31 October 2009


All songs written by Bob Dylan & Robert Hunter, except  My Wife's Home Town, credited to Bob Dylan & Willie Dixon and This Dream of You, written by Bob Dylan.


Bob Dylan (vocal & keyboard), Mike Campbell (guitar), David Hidalgo (accordion, guitar), Donnie Herron (banjo, mandolin, steel guitar, trumpet), Tony Garnier (bass), George Recile (drums & percussion).


4.2       Christmas In The Heart

Recorded May 2009 in the Groove Masters Studios in Santa Monica, California. Released on CD Columbia 88697 67323 2, 12 October 2009.



Here Comes Santa Claus (Gene Autrey & Oakley Haldeman)


Do You Hear What I Hear? (Gloria Shane Baker - Noel Regney)


Winter Wonderland (Felix Bernard - Richard Smith)


Hark! The Herald Angels Sing (Felix Mendelssohn - Charles Wesley)


I'll Be Home For Christmas (Walter Kent - Kim Gannon & Buck Ram)


The Little Drummer Boy (Katherine Davis - Katherine Davis, Henry Onorati & Harry Simeone)


The Christmas Blues (Sammy Cahn & David Jack Holt)


O Come All Ye Faithfull (trad., arr. by Bob Dylan)


Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas (Ralph Blane & Hugh Martin)


Must Be Santa (William Fredericks & Hal Moore)


Silver Bells (Raymond Evans & Jay Livingstone)


The First Noel (trad., arr. by Bob Dylan)


Christmas Island (Lyle Moraine)


The Christmas Song (Mel Tormé & Robert Wells)


O Little Town Of Bethlehem (Phillips Brooks, Lewis H. Redner, J. Scott)


None of these songs have been played live.



Bob Dylan (vocal, guitar, electric piano, harmonica), Donnie Herron (violin, mandolin, steel guitar, trumpet), Phil Upchurch (guitar), David Hidalgo (guitar, accordion, violin), Patrick Warren (piano, organ, celeste). Tony Garnier (bass), George Recile (drums & percussion).


Mixed Voice Singers: Amanda Barrett, Bill Cantos, Randy Crenshaw, Abby DeWald, Nicole Eva Emery, Walt Harrah, Robert Joyce,


All of Bob Dylan’s US royalties from this album, were donated to the charity Feeding America and all UK royalties were donated to the World Food Programme and Crisis UK. Similar donations were made in other countries.




4.3       The People Speak


  1. Do Re Mi

Bob Dylan

  2. The Ghost Of Tom Joad

Bruce Springsteen

  3. Masters Of War

Eddie Vedder

  4. Dear Mr. President


  5. Sail Away

Randy Newman

  6. American Terrorist

Lupe Fiasco

  7. Drums Of War

Jackson Browne

  8. What's Going On

John Legend

  9. See How We Are

Exene Cervenka

10. Blues With A Feeling

Taj Mahal

11. Brother, Can You Spare A Dime?

Allison Moorer

12. Only A Pawn In Their Game

Rich Robinson


Do Re Mi recorded January 2009 at the Malibu Performing Arts Center in Los Angeles, California.

The soundtrack released 8 December 2009 on Verve B002UK6DTA.

The DVD released 9 February 2010.

4.4       Web Bob

A video of the first live performance of Forgetful Heart from Milwaukee,  Wisconsin, 1 July 2009 was made available at

4.5       New recordings in circulation 2009

4.5.1   New Soundboards

Denver, Colorado, 15 june 1988, complete concert.

Holmdel, New Jersey, 24 june 1988, complete concert.

London, England, 25 April 2009, all songs except Spirit On The Water.

4.5.2   Jann Wenner 1969 Interview for Rolling Stone

Different clips, total 14 minutes-