On this day in 1990, Bob Dylan joined the reunited Byrds lineup of Roger McGuinn, David Crosby, and Chris Hillman onstage to sing the classic “Mr. Tambourine Man” at a tribute to the late Roy Orbison in Los Angeles. The performance was recorded for live TV.
The performance is way different from Dylan’s original version, which features just acoustic guitar and harmonica.
This is a full-band version with the tempo slowed down and the style geared more toward country than folk. With the added instrumentation and extra vocalists, it really makes the song that much more powerful, especially knowing that the performance was already a classic reunion and done in tribute to Orbison.
Check out the full performance in the video below. Which version of “Mr. Tambourine Man” do you prefer?