Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door (Rolling Thunder Revue, 1975) – excerpt from Renaldo and Clara

The sound of the The Rolling Thunder Revue band in 1975 is magical. I love David Mansfield’s pedal steel playing, Howie Wyeth’s drumming, Rob Stoner’s bass playing, Scarlet Rivera’s violin playing and face paint – better said there’s nothing I don’t like about it. Mick Ronson (RIP) also played a huge part in this band and we will not forget him.

Regardless of what you hear Renaldo and Clara is a must watch and you gotta sit through the whole thing. Smoke a joint, have a glass of wine or a beer – whatever relaxes you, and just get into it. It does go for a long time but it is well worth it.

I think the RTR versions of this song are pretty good and I love it when the band builds it down at 2.22 and Mansfield, Rivera and Roger McGuinn play this great thing that you gotta hear to believe.
Speaking of McGuinn I think the two tours really took it out of him, but I think it would take it out of anyone. Lots of drugs and heavy drink keep you up and throw you down.

Was anyone lucky enough to see one of these shows in 1975?

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2 responses to “Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door (Rolling Thunder Revue, 1975) – excerpt from Renaldo and Clara

  1. Sam Shepard’s “Rolling Thunder Logbook” is a must read.

  2. i was at the second night of the tour Oct 31 1975 in Plymouth Mass , at what we called the Town Hall , known as War Memorial Auditorium. The pot smoke was so thick all you had to do was breath …. What a great show …. a peice of America and time gone by …………

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