Flagging Down the Double E's

Ray Padgett
Essays about Bob Dylan concerts of yesteryear
Created 02 Jan 2020
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  • Before the Flood II: Electric Boogaloo
    14 Jan 2022 • 3 min read • 7 2
    Flagging Down the Double E’s is an email newsletter exploring Bob Dylan shows of yesteryear. Some installments are free, some are for paid subscribers only. Sign up for either option here: Subscribe n...
  • Dark Eyes
    17 Dec 2021 • 10 min read • 5 1
    Flagging Down the Double E’s is an email newsletter exploring Bob Dylan shows of yesteryear. Some installments are free, some for paid subscribers only. Here’s a discount in honor of the 12th-month to...
  • One Semi-Random Song: "Love Minus Zero / No Limit," Philadelphia 1995
    16 Dec 2021 • < 1 min read • 5 1
    As those who've subscribed for a bit know, every now and then I do a feature called One Random Song where I use a random-number generator to select first a show, and then a song from that show, to put...
  • What Coulda Been
    15 Dec 2021 • < 1 min read • 3 2
    In researching this tour, I came upon something fun at Bob Links: The band's setlists! That is, the actual physical, photocopied setlists the band members would have taped next to them on stage. One t...
  • Patti Smith's Former Tour Manager Shares Memories of the '95 Dylan Tour
    14 Dec 2021 • < 1 min read • 3 1
    I traded a couple emails recently with Mark Edwards. In December 1995, Edwards was Patti Smith’s tour manager. He sent over a few memories from the tour, which I’ve shared with minor clarifications (i...
  • 'Paradise Lost' Tour Rarities
    13 Dec 2021 • 2 min read • 3 2
    Photo by Andrea Orlandi On this ten-date tour with Patti, Dylan played 61 unique songs. A few he played every night - “Watchtower” in slot three, “Silvio” in slot six, “Rainy Day Women” to close. But ...
  • The Cover of the Boston Phoenix
    11 Dec 2021 • < 1 min read • 2 1
    How's this for a week of shows at the Beacon: December 11 - Bob Dylan & Patti Smith December 12 - Bruce Springsteen December 13 - Bruce Springsteen December 14 - Bob Dylan & Patti Smith December 17 - ...
  • He's Gone
    10 Dec 2021 • < 1 min read • 4 1
    Bob Dylan and Patti Smith were the names on the marquees of the Paradise Lost tour. But another musician loomed over the proceedings: Jerry Garcia. Garcia died on August 9, 1995, only weeks after the ...
  • A Patti Primer
    09 Dec 2021 • < 1 min read • 2 0
    Photo by Michael Stipe Now that we've established the context for Patti’s return to the road with Bob, I thought for the second half of our Patti Primer I’d examine the specific songs she performed at...
  • "Patti's still the best"
    08 Dec 2021 • < 1 min read • 1 0
    "A lot of girls have come along since Patti started, but Patti's still the best" - Bob Dylan, on stage in Boston, December 10 1995 The first Dylan song performed at every show of this tour was not per...
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