Any serious Bob Dylan fan will likely be able to tell you exactly what his favorite show was/is from the Rolling Thunder Revue of 1975-76, yet, there is one show that has escaped many Dylan fans from the tour: The October 23rd, 1975 dress-rehearsal which took place at Gerde's Folk City in New York the week prior to the tour kick-off on October 30th in Plymouth, Massachusetts. While the dress-rehearsal show was recorded on film, only a few moments from that October 23rd show actually appear in the four-hour version of Dylan's 1978 movie highlighting the tour, RENALDO & CLARA. Those few minutes feature Arlen Roth on guitar with Rambin' Jack Elliot.
If one isn't immediately familiar with Roth's impressive body of work you should be. According to Vintage Guitar Magazine, Roth is one of the Top 100 influential guitarists of the 20th Century. He has played with the likes of: John Prine, Leon Rebone, Paul Simon, Art Garfunkel, Phoebe Snow, Jack Bruce, Pete Seeger, Duane Eddy and Don McLean amongst others. Roth also taught Ralph Macchio to play the guitar for the 1986 Walter Hill film CROSSROADS--playing against Steve Vai in the films climatic finale.