Thursday, October 16, 2008
POSITIVELY 33RD STREET
16 years ago today, Madison Square Garden played host to a celebration of Bob Dylan's 30 years in music. It was a star-studded event that featured the likes of such heavyweights as me and my girlfriend, George Harrison, Johnny Cash, Eric Clapton, Tom Petty. Kris Kristofferson, The Band (although I don't remember Robbie Robertson,) Al Kooper, Richie Havens, Roger McGuinn, Willie Nelson and Neil Young. There were many others, and from what I can remember, every minute, with the exception of an uncomfortable five minutes with on again/off again lunatic Sinead O'Connor, was a complete blast. The opening snare smack into Al Kooper's signature organ on "Like A Rolling Stone" which kicked off the evening, still resounds in my head. It was that very moment that I decided John Mellencamp was a-ok. (Yes, even after that obnoxious Ford truck commercial, which Mellencamp later explained, "No one else was going to play my record.")
But still, after 16 years, what I thought was the highlight then, remains the highlight for me now- Rosanne Cash, Shawn Colvin, and Mary Chapin-Carpenter's flawless take on "You Ain't Going Nowhere." If you have seen Colvin and Chapin live, you have witnessed a musical partnership that in some ways resembles Lennon & McCartney; two singers who know each other so well, it's more of an effort to not sound perfect. Add to the mix the elegant command of Rosanne Cash and what you have is a supergroup that desperately needs to make a record.
15 years ago today, my girlfriend and I got married. I toyed with offering a video of us having some conch by the pool on our honeymoon, but decided to go with the fabulous ladies I just mentioned.
And for all you Dylan freaks, click HERE for a totally bizarre yet absolutely wonderful live take of "Don't Think Twice," from the Apollo Theatre in NYC, that features Zimmy backed by the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra a whole bunch of Marsali.