in1978, BobDylanwasinMelbourneforits Australia tour. Dylan’spopularity,despitethepress,critics&fansover flatteringhisvariousmusicaltransformations&hisnotoriouslycurmudgeonlyattitude.DavidRansomreportsfor‘Thisday,today’onABC-TV.
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Bob Dylan World Tour 1966 – Australia Photo Gallery (30 Photos)
The '66 World Tour tour commenced in early February, and travelled through the US and Canada, interspersed with sessions for Dylan's next LP (Blonde On Blonde). Audience reaction to the tour was very mixed; many were excited by the new direction, but older fans objected vehemently to Dylan's new style, and expressed their displeasure loudly. Volume was a critical issue: Dylan and his musicians were using the best amplification available, and by 1966 standards they played very loudly indeed. Used to the moderate sound levels at folk concerts, many fans were taken aback by the unprecedented volume, causing further negative reaction. According to a recent article about the English leg of the tour, in the music magazine Mojo, many of the supposed catcalls during the electric sets were actually calls to "turn it down". Reviews of the new tour were generally negative, and press conferences were increasingly confrontational. Hostility from the press and audiences dogged him all through the '66 world tour, culminating in the famous incident at the Manchester Free Trade Hall, when a heckler called him "Judas" - to which Dylan famously replied "I don't believe you!"
Numerous dates on the tour were officially recorded and/or bootlegged; the "Judas" concert was captured on tape and was available on the famous Great White Wonder bootleg LP (which wrongly identified the concert as being at the Royal Albert Hall). It can now be heard on the official Live 1966 double-CD. The tour was also filmed in color by documentarist DA Pennebaker (who also captured Dylan's 1965 UK tour for the landmark music documentary Don't Look Back). The '66 footage was put together by Dylan and Howard Alk as Eat The Document in 1971. It has been out of circulation for many years, although a segment from it is included in the BBC documentary series Dancing In The Street. When questioned by the author at the Sydney Film Festival in 1998, Pennebaker was evasive about the status of the '66 footage, which is apparently still under Dylan's control; he described himself as having been merely a camerman for this project.