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Reason For This Website # 247 ...01/13/2005 08:44:48 pm

In this round-up of musical happenings during 2004, the writer (by the name of Michael Burbo) talks about how politics and the war played such a big role on the music scene this past year. One of his examples? Guess.

Bob Dylan even dusted off the seldom-performed "Masters of War" for an election night performance, leaving more than one audience member wondering if it was treasonous to wish aloud for the death of a president.

The "seldom-performed" Masters Of War? I don't know that it's ever been far from Dylan's set lists. Doing a search at http://db.dylantree.com/ yields 744 performances, and their data only goes as far as spring of 2003. Scrolling through the results will show you that 1978 was a big year for the song (Dylan was probably incensed over the Tanzania/Uganda war). 1994 and 1995 also featured many performances - was that when President Clinton was using the iron fist of the American military in Haiti? I can't remember, but naturally Dylan only sings it when there's something happening in the news that he wants to comment on. It's how he works out all his set lists. People over at the Dylan Pool would do well to figure that into their guesses.

Dylan also sang It's All Over Now Baby Blue at that gig on November 2nd. I guess we know who he was singing that for.



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