In anticipation of the Bob Dylan and Neil Young co-headline concert in Hyde Park on the 12th of July, this week’s Definitely Dylan Live is dedicated to the relationship between the two songwriting greats, as Laura and Robert talk about the times their paths crossed, both musically and personally.
Unfortunately there don’t seem to be any more tickets available (despite what was said in the episode), so hopefully you’ve already secured yours!
If you’d like to hear the two share a stage at the SNACK BAR Benefit concert in 1975, here’s a recording of their Helpless/Knocking on Heaven’s Door (or “Dragon’s Door”, as they sing it here)!
Also, for good measure, here’s the video of Roger McGuinn, Tom Petty, Neil Young, Eric Clapton, Bob Dylan, and George Harrison singing My Back Pages at the Bob Dylan 30th Anniversary Concert.
A little anecdote that didn’t make it into the hour: Neil Young once lent Bob Dylan his tour bus, along with Hank Williams’ Martin D-28 guitar (dubbed “Hank”). Young recounts in an interview:
“You know, Bob Dylan was using my bus. He, he didn't have his own tour bus yet. And he was just getting into using buses, and, uh, so I let him use mine and, uh, when I gave it to him I, I told him that, uh, Hank was in the back and that if he wanted to use Hank, that Hank would be there for him. And so I don't know what he did with it, but he had it with him for a long time. And I don't know what he wrote or what he did, but I know, you know, something must have happened back there.”
Helpless - Neil Young (Live at the Last Waltz)
Knocking On Heaven’s Door - Bob Dylan
My Back Pages - Bob Dylan Feat. Roger McGuinn, Tom Petty, Neil Young, Eric Clapton, George Harrison (30th Anniversary Concert)
Highlands - Bob Dylan
Bandit - Neil Young