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Random Notes: Highway 86
Rolling Stone #480 — August 14, 1986
As expected, the unexpected keeps happening on Bob Dylan’s tour with Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. Detroit concertgoers went bananas when, on opening night at Pine Knob, local hero Bob Seger joined Dylan and Petty for a closing “Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door.” It was Seger’s first live appearance in three years. Willie Nelson caught the act in Austin, Texas, and Dylan dedicated the country tearjerker “We Had It All” to him. That afternoon Dylan was spotted at a retro clothing boutique in Austin called Electric Ladyland/Lucy in Disguise. where he reportedly bought $3000 worth of costumes. “He got a little bit of everything,” said Dan Salinas, the store manager. “Vintage clothes, some Southern-belle outfits and some over-the-head latex masks.” A masquerade party? Renaldo and Clara Part II, perhaps? Dylan gave a special dedication in Minneapolis: “I want to say hi to my mother — if she’s still here.” And while we’re on the subject of women in Bob’s life, who’s the mysterious Susie to whom Dylan had the Detroit crowd sing “Happy Birthday”?