“Hero Blues” - Bob Dylan & The Band, Chicago Stadium, Chicago, IL, January 3, 1974
Here’s something cool. Dylan kicked off his 1974 jaunt with The Band — his first tour in nearly eight years — with a deep obscurity, the Freewheelin’ outtake, “Hero Blues” (the original of which you can hear here). Totally random — though I suppose its anti-hero worship message was perhaps directed at the audience. And then, naturally, they never played it again. Dylan probably hasn’t even thought about this song since the last notes rang out that night in Chicago. But it’s a kickass version, and it’s paired with some shakey, new-to-me Super-8 audience footage here. It’s like you’re there! And wearing someone else’s glasses!