In 1966 Bob Dylan and The Band embarked on a world tour that is considered by many to be the most important tour in rock history. Dylan at the time was revered as a folk artist, yet he wanted to start playing a new, electric sound. The shows would open with an acoustic set by Dylan, but then he would come out for a set with his electric guitar and a group of musicians that came to be known derisively as “The Band.”
The crowds and critics reacted with anger – Dylan and The Band were booed at every show and they received scathing reviews. The most memorable moment in the tour was the infamous shout of “Judas” from the audience, with Dylan responding, “I don’t believe you. You’re a liar!”
Mickey Jones was the drummer in The Band and he took his 8 mm camera on the tour to make home movies. This DVD is basically an interview with Jones as he tells the story of the tour with clips from the soundless home movies in the background.
The interview is interesting, and the movie clips were pretty cool, but the entire DVD is limited by the lack of real concert footage combined with the actual audio from the shows. The DVD made we want to order the live album from the tour (The "Royal Albert Hall" CD, Live 1966) and hear the amazing songs from that era.
Without the actual Dylan music there’s no need to add this DVD to your permanent collection. Dylan fans and those of you interested in rock history will definitely enjoy this DVD, so it’s not a bad rental. Just make sure to pick up Dylan’s concert CD as well.