Remembering Bob Dylan and Eric Clapton’s duet on ‘Don’t Think Twice It’s All Right’
Some icons of the sixties burned out too quickly and soon faded away from the public consciousness. Some artists are still burning as brightly today as they did back in their inflammatory beginnings. Two of those artists are Bob Dylan and Eric Clapton.
Two of the leading lights of the decade (and beyond), Bob Dylan and Eric Clapton became Godlike in their respective crafts – Dylan the ultimate wordsmith and Clapton the guitar genius. Here those two forces combine for a special performance of Bob Dylan’s ‘Don’t Think Twice It’s All Right’.
The performance took place at one of Clapton’s all-star benefits which he holds every year to support his rehabilitation clinic in Antigua called Crossroads. Usually, the cast of the concerts are all guitar legends, acts such as Bo Diddley, Carlos Santana, but the inaugural event saw Dylan join Clapton to perform a set of special songs.
Back in 1999, Dylan wasn’t the only guest on the show that evening, Mary J Blige and Sheryl Crow were also in attendance for musical spots at the Madison Square Garden show (though D’Angelo sadly missed the event). However, with Clapton centre stage, a guitar slung around his shoulders, there was only one man who could top the main man, and that was Bob.
In fact, it was a pretty tough time for Dylan to walk out on stage, Clapton had just brought down the house with his iconic song ‘Layla’ and the crowd were quite naturally besotted with the Guitar God. But Dylan was up to the fight and came on to rapturous applause and delivered a wonderful cover of his song ‘Don’t Think Twice It’s All Right’ with Clapton adding an extra flourish with his strings.
The duo followed that up with ‘It Takes a Lot to Laugh, It Takes a Train to Cry,’ a touching performance of ‘Born in Time’, a chilling rendition of ‘It’s Not Dark Yet,’ a powerful ‘Leopard Skin Pillbox Hat’ and finished up with their Robert Johnson-homage ‘Crossroads’ – a masterclass from two of the greats.
Watch below as Bob Dylan and Eric Clapton perform Dylan’s ‘Don’t Think Twice It’s All Right’: