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Bob Dylan Rocks With Spiritual Fervor in 'Trouble No More' Concert Film: Exclusive Clip

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Bob Dylan performs circa 1980.

Bob Dylan, a timeless songwriter both celebrated and lambasted for his contradictions, underwent one of his most drastic reinventions yet with 1979’s Slow Train Coming, a starkly confessional album that marked his conversion to Christianity. A new concert documentary called Trouble No More explores this chapter of Dylan’s career with never-before-seen footage from his 1980 tour, including an exclusive clip premiering Thursday (Nov. 2) on Billboard.

Trouble No More highlights Dylan’s brief, polarizing “gospel period,” during which he released three studio albums: 1979’s Slow Train Coming, 1980’s Saved and 1981’s Shot of Love. The singer eschewed his earlier, secular material on the accompanying tour and often broke into fiery, apocalyptic sermons onstage.

Yet what Dylan lacked in classic hits and fan favorites on his Gospel Tour, he made up for in sheer conviction. The Trouble No More snippet features a rollicking performance of the up-tempo gospel rocker “Saved” and a sizzling rendition of the bluesy “What Can I Do for You?”

Abramorama will screen Trouble No More at Landmark Theaters in Boston, Philadelphia, New York, Chicago and San Francisco on Thursday (Nov. 2). Columbia Records/Legacy Recordings will release the film on Friday (Nov. 3) as part of the Trouble No More - The Bootleg Series Vol. 13 / 1979-1981 deluxe box set, the latest installment in Dylan’s ongoing Bootleg Series.

Watch the exclusive Trouble No More clip below.


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