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DVDylan ID: D423.su
Recording type: Audience
City/Venue: Westfalenhalle, Dortmund, West Germany
Date: Tuesday, 15th September 1987
1987 Temples In Flames Tour Concert #6
  1. Knockin' On Heaven's Door
  2. Watching The River Flow
  3. I Want You
  4. Senor (Tales Of Yankee Power)
  5. Clean-Cut Kid
  6. Shelter From The Storm
  7. I'll Remember You
  8. The Ballad Of Frankie Lee And Judas Priest
  9. Highway 61 Revisited
  10. Tangled Up In Blue
  11. Like A Rolling Stone
Number of discs: 1
Running time: 00:57
Authoring: DVDs with menu and chapters are circulating
with Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers

Not very fresh copy. Upgraded Hi-Fi sound.


In a compelling series of posts headed You Gotta Hear This Show!, ER's John B. Stetson recently identified twenty recommended NET concerts, as follows:

. . . . . (01) Berkeley, CA, 26 May 1995 (D418.su)
. . . . . (02) Ithaca, NY, 15 November 1999 (D834, D834.2)
. . . . . (03) San Josť, CA, 9 May 1992
. . . . . (04) Dublin, 27 November 2005
. . . . . (05) Dortmund, 15 September 1987
. . . . . (06) George, WA, 18 June 2000
. . . . . (07) Brussels, 17 June 1998 (D364.su)
. . . . . (08) Warsaw, 19 July 1994
. . . . . (09) London, 24 November 2003 (D280.sse, D318.su, D325)
. . . . . (10) Fairfax, VA, 22 November 2002
. . . . . (11) Philadelphia, 17 November 2001 (D188.su3)
. . . . . (12) Berkeley, CA, 10 June 1988 (D065.su / suu / su3)
. . . . . (13) NYC Supper Club, 17 November 1993, second show
. . . . . (14) Springfield, MA, 28 October 1992
. . . . . (15) Poughkeepsie, NY, 4 August 2004
. . . . . (16) Berlin, 17 June 1996 (D776.su)
. . . . . (17) Madison, WI, 5 November 1991
. . . . . (18) Philadelphia, 20 August 1997 (D521.su / su2)
. . . . . (19) West Point, NY, 13 October 1990 (D543.psu)
. . . . . (20) Toronto, 20 March 2004

Half, as noted, currently circulate on DVD. Here (used with permission) is what he has to say about Dortmund, 15 September 1987:

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* * * * *

. . . . .[In 1987] I'd kind of reached the end of the line.' Whatever I'd started out to do, it wasn't that.' I was going
. . . . .to pack it in ... It's almost like I heard it as a voice. It wasn't like it was even me thinking it. I'm determined
. . . . .to stand, whether God will deliver me or not. And all of a sudden everything just exploded. It exploded every
. . . . .which way.


. . . . .BD to David Gates, September 1997

* * * * *

I hear the Temple In Flames tour as the Note to self, wake the f*ck up tour. A splash of aftershave that stings like hell the morning of a really crappy hangover tour. The wrestling with an angel tour. The I will not let thee go except thou bless me tour. The sweep the cobwebs from my mind tour. The overturn these tables tour. Pick myself up off the floor tour. It's the Defy death tour. Rearranged songs, vastly different set-lists, lyrics. Each night, the same songs receive totally different tones. Things are shaken up, improvised. And the paint doesn't always land on the canvas, but that's what's so damn fun about it.

Dortmund opens knocking on death's door and closes repeating over and over, somewhat desperately / defiantly / triumphantly forever young! In between, what's the matter with me I got nothing to say, let's disconnect these cables, what's up is down, what isn't is. Guilty undertakers, one-eyed undertakers are everywhere and the devil's got him by the heel. Frankie's dying of thirst. But when he rose from the dead, did they believe? When will you arise?

This is an inspired show from beginning to end. It opens and closes dramatically, but the six song segment from a spring-in-its-step Shelter From The Storm through a toe-tapping Tangled Up In Blue (this take, according to Clinton Heylin, probably the last live version to really do it justice) is truly stunning. It's a determined, buoyant, belly-laugh in the face of death, this run of songs. And then the final three songs - Dead Man, Rolling Stone and into Forever Young - summate the tour's purpose: to become again fresh, vital. At the end of closing song Forever Young, we think song and concert have ended and then (you can pretty much tell the back-up singers also think it's over) Dylan keeps everyone on their toes and suddenly decides to keep repeating forever young, forever young, forever young (and at this point the back-up singers scramble to catch up), forever young, Fooreeevereeerr Yooooouuuuuung. It's a powerful, stirring moment, particularly after everything that came before, and it leaves me feeling: Goddamn right! Determined to stand, indeed.

The whole tour is compelling, but my favorites are Modena (D686.su), Turin, Rome (D605.su2) and final night London (D567), with Dortmund standing tallest.

THANKS JBS

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Reviewed by Miriam on 19th May 2013