Bob Dylan’s next album, “Tempest,” will feature a song paying tribute to John Lennon, according to Rolling Stone.com.
The song “Roll On John” will feature lines from Beatles songs “Come Together” (“Come together, right now”) and “A Day in the Life” (“I read the news today, oh boy”), the magazine said.
The album, produced by Dylan using the name Jack Frost, will hit the stores Sept. 11.
Dylan and Lennon have an interesting history. The singer’s influence on Lennon is well-known and several songs, most notably, “You’ve Got to Hide Your Love Away,” were very much Dylan-influenced.
Bill Harry, in “The John Lennon Encyclopedia,” also mentions “I’ll Cry Instead,” “I’m a Loser” and “Norwegian Wood” as Dylan-influenced and notes that Lennon’s cap also was patterned after the hat Dylan wore.
Harry writes that Dylan and planned to exchange song ideas leading to some compositions, but that didn’t take place.
In one very famous incident in 1966, Dylan and Lennon took a trip in Lennon’s limousine to Dylan’s hotel. The trip, filmed for “Eat the Document,” included Dylan getting sick in the car.
Rolling Stone suggested that “Tempest” could be Dylan’s last album, given it was also the name of Shakespeare’s last play.