This post has been updated. See note below for details.
On Oct. 16, 1992, many of rock music’s biggest names gathered at Madison Square Garden in New York for a 30th anniversary concert salute to the greatest songwriter of the rock era, Bob Dylan. Now, PBS stations will televise highlights from that star-studded show as part of the “Great Performances” series.
Eric Clapton, George Harrison, Stevie Wonder, Neil Young, Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, Kris Kristofferson, Lou Reed, Eddie Vedder, the Band, John Mellencamp and several other artists, including Dylan himself, performed at the show celebrating the 30th anniversary of the release of Dylan’s 1962 debut album.
The two-hour telecast, which premiered locally on Saturday on KOCE/PBS SoCal, will be shown March 7 at 9 p.m. on Southern California PBS station KPBS, coinciding with Columbia Records’ reissue of the remastered two-CD audio set.
For the first time, Columbia and its Legacy Recordings division also are releasing two-disc DVD and Blu-ray editions that include previously unreleased material from the event. It also airs March 8 on KVCR, and will repeat several times through March 16.
The video sets include 40 minutes of behind-the-scenes footage, rehearsal shots, interviews and other added material, and the CD version includes two previously unreleased performances captured at the show's sound check: Sinead O’Connor singing “I Believe in You” and Clapton delivering “Don’t Think Twice, It’s Alright.”
Among the other Dylan numbers performed during the concert, Wonder sang “Blowin’ in the Wind,” Young took on “All Along the Watchtower,” Harrison chose “Absolutely Sweet Marie” for his first U.S. public performance in 18 years, Mellencamp performed “Like a Rolling Stone” and Dylan sang “My Back Pages” and “Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door.”
Here’s a preview clip of the special:
Update at 3:02 p.m.: An earlier version of this post said the Bob Dylan special would premiere March 7. It aired March 1 on KOCE/PBS SoCal.
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