MADRID (Billboard) - Bob Dylan has recorded a new version
of his 1963 classic " A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall" exclusively
for the water-themed Expo Zaragoza 2008 world fair.
The international exposition, scheduled to take place in
the northern Spanish city of Zaragoza between June 14 and
September 14, 2008, will focus on the theme of "Water and
Dylan has chosen multiplatinum EMI-signed band Amaral, from
Zaragoza, to record a version of the song in Spanish.
The two versions will form part of a promotional campaign
for Expo Zaragoza 2008. More than 100 countries have confirmed
their attendance at the Expo, which organizers expect will
gather some 5 million visitors over three months.
It is unclear if either Dylan or Amaral will perform in
Zaragoza during the exposition.
Expo Zaragoza president Roque Gistau said he was
"delighted" that Dylan has offered his voice and face to the
event. He described Dylan's contribution, which includes the
singer's spoken comments in English on the importance of clean
water across the world, as "a gift of one of the songs that
best reflects (Dylan's) vindicative spirit."
Dylan representative Johnna Jackson was at the Madrid
presentation with Gistau and Amaral representative Manuel
Notario, who said Amaral was already working on the recording.
Amaral performed as support band on a Dylan tour of Spain a few
Jackson said, "Bob Dylan chose the song personally and did
a unique and original version for this project. He feels very
proud to be able to take part." Dylan was this year awarded the
Prince of Asturias award for the Arts, Spain's equivalent to
the Nobel prize, although he was unable to attend the October
26 award ceremony in the Asturian capital of Oviedo, northern