6. Minneapolis Auditorium
1301 2nd Ave. S., Minneapolis
Dylan performed at the Minneapolis Auditorium in 1965. This was his first return to Minneapolis since leaving years prior. "Like a Rolling Stone" came out early that year and catapulted Dylan as a rock superstar, claiming the #2 spot on the Billboard charts. Many dedicated folk fans were infuriated by Dylan going electric in his music. Building is now the site of the Minneapolis Convention Center.
"Folk purists booed Dylan at every stop of his subsequent tour – including his first official return to Minneapolis on November 5, 1965. His concert at the Minneapolis Auditorium attracted 9,000 people and received the expected mixed reviews. As was his custom at the time, Dylan pleased the folk lovers by playing the first half of the show on acoustic guitar, and infuriated them by playing the second half on electric guitar, backed by future members of The Band, guitarist Robbie Robertson and drummer Levon Helm".
- Rick Shefchik, University of Minnesota Press