Bob Dylan Plays For Pope, Delivers Acclaimed New Album

September 30 [7:55 EDT] — Everything old is new again…

Bob Dylan is back, and drawing rave reviews for his new album, “Time Out Of Mind,” which arrives in record stores on Tuesday.

The 56-year-old pioneer who reshaped folk, pop, and country/rock styles in his career probably couldn’t have found a more high-profile gig to mark his return than the one he played Saturday for the Pope.

Dylan, who successfully battled a heart infection earlier this year, was invited by the Pope to play at a youth rally attended by some 200,000 young fans in Bologna, Italy.

The Jewish-born Dylan, who’s been affiliated with born-again Christianity and orthodox Judaism, now says he subscribes to no organized religion.

At the show, Dylan rolled out the classic “A Hard Rain’s Gonna Fall” and the very appropriate “Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door” before removing his cowboy hat to greet the Pope.

The pontiff then quoted Dylan’s famous song “Blowin’ In The Wind” by citing
Christ, as “the road a man must walk down before they call him a man.”

Dylan seemed less than overwhelmed to be performing for the Pope, telling “USA Today,” “Playing for the Pope is just a show… I’m grateful to be asked for whatever reason.”