Bob Dylan Shocks Audience at Indiana’s Farm Aid Festival, Headlined by Willie Nelson in 2023

Bob Dylan

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Bob Dylan amazed countless followers at Willie Nelson’s sold-out Farm Aid celebration with a shock late-night efficiency Saturday (Sept. 23) at the Ruoff Music Center in Noblesville, Indiana.

The look occurred 38 years after Dylan developed the concept of what came to be Farm Aid.  

On July 13, 1985, in Philadelphia, Dylan had actually taken the arena phase of Live Aid, the mega-benefit arranged to increase funds for Ethiopian starvation alleviation. Between tunes, he mused to the occasion’s international target market: couldn’t a comparable advantage aid America’s household farmers?

“The question hit me like a ton of bricks,” Nelson remembered to Billboard in 2015. The artist got on the roadway that day, enjoying Live Aid on his tour-bus television, as well as started exploring the recession that was after that requiring household farmers off their land as well as right into personal bankruptcy. Then he called his pals, consisting of the artist that made the pointer.

Dylan was amongst the amazing schedule of nation as well as rock artists that played the very first Farm Aid in Champaign, Ill., on Sept. 22, 1985, an expense which additionally consisted of Nelson’s other Farm Aid owners Neil Young as well as John Mellencamp, together with Johnny Cash, John Fogerty, Don Henley, Billy Joel, Loretta Lynn, Roy Orbison, Bonnie Raitt as well as a lot more — consisting of Tom Petty, that passed away in 2017, as well as Petty’s band, the Heartbreakers.  

Three years on, Farm Aid continues to be songs’s longest-running performance for a reason, having actually elevated greater than $64 million to sustain household farmers as well as a lasting food system.  

Farm Aid’s leading board currently consists of Dave Matthews as well as Margo Price, as well as Saturday’s costs additionally included the Grateful Dead’s Bobby Weir & the Wolf Bros. including the Wolfpack, Lukas Nelson, Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats, Allison Russell, The String Cheese Incident as well as Particle Kid. Also on the costs: Clayton Anderson, The Black Opry including Lori Rayne, Tylar Bryant as well as Kyshona, the Jim Irsay Band, including Ann Wilson of Heart, Native Pride Productions as well as the Wisdom Indian Dancers.

At Farm Aid in 1985, Dylan carried out with Petty as well as the Heartbreakers.

“At that time, Tony Dimitriades, Tom’s manager, was in a business partnership with [the late] Elliot Roberts in Lookout Management” that stood for Dylan, remembered Bill DeYoung, a songs movie critic, writer as well as Petty chronicler, in a 2017 meeting with Billboard.  DeYoung for several years operated at the Gainesville Sun, the paper in Petty’s Florida home town.  

“Dylan needed a band for the first Farm Aid,” claimed DeYoung. “Everything else sprang from that.”

“Everything else” consisted of the True Confessions Tour that Dylan as well as Petty introduced with each other early the list below year, in February 1986, throughout which the Heartbreakers backed Dylan for some 60 programs in Australia, Japan as well as the United States — consisting of 2 evenings at RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C. as well as 3 evenings at Madison Square Garden.

The vocalists additionally carried out at the 2nd Farm Aid on July 4, 1986 — through satellite from their trip quit at Rich Stadium, outdoors Buffalo, New York. A 2nd trip, the Temples in Flames trip, adhered to in 1987. 

And the imaginative relationship in between Dylan as well as Petty — birthed at Farm Aid — grew.

In 1988, Dylan invited Petty, George Harrison, Jeff Lynne as well as Roy Orbison to his workshop in Malibu to tape-record the track “Handle Me With Care.” Originally meant as the B-side to a solitary from Harrison’s Cloud Nine cd, the track rather came to be the ideas for the jokingly supergroup The Traveling Wilburys.

So, from Farm Aid, Dylan located a powerful visiting companion as well as a hit recording partnership. On Saturday, the fabulous vocalist added to the objective helpful America’s household farmers, which he had actually very first recommended on phase 38 years earlier.

This is an establishing tale as well as will certainly be upgraded.



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