How George Harrison Brought Bob Dylan Back With The Concert For Bangladesh

By Jacob Shelton
Bob Dylan at the Concert for Bangladesh, August 1, 1971. Photo by Thomas Monaster/NY Daily News via Getty Images.

On August 1, 1971, Bob Dylan made his first live appearance in two years at the Concert for Bangladesh. After some serious arm twisting by George Harrison, Dylan came out of semi-retirement and played classics that he hadn’t performed in years. Before the concert for Bangladesh, Dylan was out of commission for a half a decade following a motorcycle accident in 1966 that put him in semi-retirement. At the same time, George Harrison was in his own live-music exile, following The Beatles' demise as a live act. Dylan’s performance should have been abysmal, instead he walked on stage in front of 40,000 people and absolutely killed it.