The Bob Dylan-Martin Benjamin Connection


Photograph by Martin Benjamin

It’s been a long time since Bob Dylan played Albany’s Palace Theatre. Oh, he’s played plenty of bigger Greater Nippertown venues in recent years – Tanglewood, SPAC, the Times Union Center and others – but on Friday evening (November 17) he’s returning to the considerably more intimate Palace Theatre.

Nippertown contributing photographer, Union College professor of visual arts and BIG Dylan fan Martin Benjamin was at the Palace back in April of 1980 when Dylan rolled into town for a two-night stand during his born-again Christian tour. Benjamin managed to smuggle in a camera and take a few surreptitious shots, including the one at the top of this story.

And that photo is now included in Dylan’s latest release, Trouble No More: The Bootleg Series Vol. 13, 1979-1981, which was released earlier this month in a variety of configurations, including a sprawling eight-CD set.

Will we hear any of Dylan’s gospel-era selections in concert on Friday? Who knows? He’s Bob Dylan. He does what he wants, and he doesn’t play by anybody else’s rules…

But if you want to get a taste of Dylan’s current musical powers and inclinations, give a listen to his concert performance at The Anthem in Washington, DC on Tuesday evening (November 14):

Dylan Through the Years: Through the Lens of Martin Benjamin

With Mavis Staples
The Palace Theatre, Albany
Friday (November 17), 7:30pm
$52.50, $82.50 & $119.50

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