From The Examiner,com
“Dylan debuted three songs new to this leg of the tour, including “Joey,” an ode to gangster Joey Gallo. According to His Bobness, Dylan had not performed the song since October 28, 2006, in Chicago.
In 2009, Dylan had this to say about the song:
Tell me about Joey Gallo.
Tell you what about him?
You wrote a song about him. Some say it takes liberty with the truth.
Really? I wouldn’t know. Jacques Levy wrote the words.
Jacques had a theatrical mind and he wrote a lot of plays. So the song might have been theater of the mind. I just sang it…”