On his 2014 North American autumn tour, Bob Dylan’s set list has followed a familiar pattern – Nine songs in the first set, seven in the second, focusing heavily on “Tempest,” his most recent album, and a two song encore. While there have been slight variations and the occasional aberration in other recent tours, the set list has remained static so far.
However last night, on the seventh concert of the tour and the third night in Hollywood’s Dolby Theatre, Dylan surprised fans at the end of the evening. According to “Bob Links,” the expected songs, “All Along the Watchtower” and “Blowin’ in the Wind,” were replaced by the live debut of the Jerome Moross (music)/Carolyn Leigh (lyrics) composition, “Stay With Me,” presumably a preview of Dylan’s next expected studio album, “Shadows in the Night.”
The song was first recorded by Frank Sinatra on December 3, 1963, and released the following month. According to the website “Sinatra Family,” the 7” 45 r.p.m. Reprise single, which was arranged by Ernie Freeman, made it to number 81 on the “Billboard” charts. The b-side was “Talk To Me Baby,” and the catalog number was 0249, with a master number of 2449. “Stay With Me was also reissued in 1968 as the b-side of “It Was A Very Good Year” on the “Back To Back Hits” series. It was later included on the album, “Sinatra ’65.” The song was published by Chappell & Co., Inc, and the lyrics can be found here.
“Stay With Me” was the main theme of the Otto Preminger film “The Cardinal,” which starred Tom Tryon, Romy Schneider, Carol Lynley, and Jill Haworth. Actor, director, poet, and social activist Ossie Davis also appeared as Father Gillis. According to the IMBd, the movie is about “a young Catholic priest from Boston (who) confronts bigotry, Naziism, and his own personal conflicts as he rises to the office of cardinal.” The premiere was December 12, 1963.
Of course, Dylan’s interpretation of “Full Moon and Empty Arms,” also expected to be included on “Shadows in the Night,” was previewed in August on the musician’s website, although it has since been removed.
Until the Dylan version surfaces, you can hear Sinatra’s version in the embedded clip.
UPDATE: A snippet of Dylan’s performance has been posted on Instagram. Thanks to Michl Mayr for the head’s up.
Last night’s set list, courtesy of Bob Links (Details to be added later):
Dolby Theatre, Hollywood, California: October 26, 2014
- 1. Things Have Changed
- 2. She Belongs To Me
- 3. Beyond Here Lies Nothin’
- 4. Workingman’s Blues #2
- 5. Waiting For You
- 6. Duquesne Whistle
- 7. Pay In Blood
- 8. Tangled Up In Blue
- 9. Love Sick
- 10. High Water (For Charley Patton)
- 11. Simple Twist Of Fate
- 12. Early Roman Kings
- 13. Forgetful Heart
- 14. Spirit On The Water
- 15. Scarlet Town
- 16. Soon After Midnight
- 17. Long And Wasted Years
- 18. Stay With Me
Actress Sally Kirkland posted the following on Facebook: “Bob Dylan was F…..g sensational tonite. Ronee Blakely and I had great seats.By the time we got back stage, Bob had split for Oakland, but we hung out with Jakob Dylan, Tony Garnier, his bassist, and Charlie Sexton, his guitarist. The show was thrilling. He’s 73 and HE’S GOING STRONG.”
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