The Never Ending Tour Begins: 1988-1996
Dylan got out of his Eighties funk very slowly. It began when he took some advice from Bono and cut an album with U2 producer Daniel Lanois. The previous year he hit the road on a tour that's still going 23 years later. Between 1991 and 1996 Dylan released two albums of traditional folk covers and toured incessantly, but didn't release any new material. "I really thought I was through making records," Dylan told Rolling Stone in 2001. "I didn't want to record anymore. I was more concerned with what I do in personal appearances. It was clear to me I had more than enough songs to play. Forever...I was already playing over a hundred shows a year at that point. I decided I would just go back to live performing, which I hadn't really thought I'd done since maybe 1966."