The Petty Archives

It felt like the 1960s again at Dylan, Grateful Dead concert
Lakeland Ledger - June 28, 1986

MINNEAPOLIS -- A sense of 1960s nostalgia prevailed as Bob Dylan and the Grateful Dead performed their first concert together this summer.

Dylan, who left Minnesota for New York City almost 25 years ago, hammered out 1960s protest tunes and hard-edged rock 'n' roll Thursday night in his first concert in his home state in eight years.

The Grateful Dead, who opened the show, played for hundreds of tie-dyed "Dead Heads" dancing on the field of the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome.

Dylan, backed by Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers and a four-woman chorus, drew a wild ovation from the crowd of 50,000. He opened his set with a new song, "So Long, Good Luck, Goodbye," before launching into 1960s favorites such as "Positively 4th Street" and "Just Like a Woman."

He referred to Minnesota in introducing his anti-war song "Masters of War."

"Here's a song I wrote a couple of years after I lived here," said Dylan, 45, who was born in Duluth. "It's nice to see it's still here."

He wrapped up the two-hour, 40-minute set with a duet with Petty on "Knockin' On Heaven's Door," then walked off the stage shaking a tambourine.