The S.N.A.C.K. Benefit Concert

March 23, 1975

Kezar Stadium, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco

Are You Ready For The Country
Ain't That A Lot Of Love
Looking For A Love
Loving You Is Sweeter Than Ever
I Want You
The Weight
Helpless / Knockin on Dragon's Door
Will The Circle Be Unbroken

Neil Young (piano, guitar)
Tim Drummond (guitar)
Ben Keith (pedal steel guitar)
Levon Helm (drums)
Garth Hudson (keyboards)
Rick Danko (bass)

This benefit concert (S.N.A.C.K. stands for Students Need Athletics, Culture and Kicks) was organized by Bill Graham in 1975 and was broadcast over the radio, and therefore there are many nice tape copies in circulation. This one time only mixture of Dylan/Band/Young was the featured act in a full day's concert that featured many local San Francisco bands, such as Santana and Jefferson Airplane. The appearance of Neil Young and company was merely rumored and Dylan's performance was a complete surprise. Completely unrehearsed, some of this music is great, but mostly it's just haphazard and rough. Dylan debuts I Want You live, but unfortunately he can't be heard for most of the song. Mostly what we hear is Rick Danko shouting the chorus. Hearing the Band without Robbie Robertson is weird at first, but Ben Keith makes up for it very nicely. The oddest thing on this tape is the Helpless/Knockin' medley where Dylan substitutes "knockin' on the dragon's door" for "knockin' on heaven's door". I have no idea what he meant by it! The entire set is approximately 45 minutes.



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