bottle of bread wrote:
I'm lazy, and will have to research this, but just how excruciating was Bob's tour before the motorcycle crash? I'm wondering if it was more excruciating due to the recreational (drug) excess than the actual performing excess. I mean, has anybody compared Bob's tour (pre-crash) to, say, The Beatles tour schedule in '66? The Beatles bitched about not being heard, and that was pretty much it. Bob complained about being ground down.
The Beatles final tour to the US, in August 1966, comprised 14 shows in 17 days, including two in one day- Cincinnati and St Louis. Prior to this they had played just 8 concerts in 1966, in London, Germany, Japan and the Philippines. By this point they were able to taper down their touring- which went unheard, anyway- and spend more time in the studio, plus more time enjoying their money and some time off. They'd put in the hard miles already. Their 1963 schedule was staggering: 232 shows across that game-changing year, one and two concerts a day, in month-long blocks, from January 3 to December 31.
Dylan played 20 US concerts in 50 days, through February and March of 1966, then 25 concerts in 48 days on his World Tour. These comprised: Honolulu 1, Australia 7, Europe 17. The Beatles had each other to lean on throughout, of course, whereas Dylan carried almost everything, from his solo performances, to fronting a band, on his one set of shoulders. Similarly, the other causes of his burn-out and wasted physical state rest firmly on those same shoulders. The World Tour, with its average concert every two days, didn't constitute a ludicrously punishing schedule, but whatever, without that self-assisted 'condition' that Dylan propelled himself into whenever show time came around, we wouldn't have the swirling, dream-like solo performances and totally wired, punched-out electric ones that we are able to listen back to, 44 years later, in wonder.