Michael Bolton’s current album, ‘Spark of Light,’ was released on June 23 and he just discussed it in an interview with Rolling Stone Deutschland. During the interview, he also mentioned working with Bob Dylan on his 1991 song ‘Steel Bars’ and how Dylan acted behind the scenes, saying: “He was straightforward. He was not what I was expecting. He was a joy and a breeze to work with. He kept coming up with new lyrical ideas and commenting on how much he liked the melody I performed. ‘I like that,’ he’d say. That appeals to me.” Bolton then recalled how he initially received the offer to work with Dylan, stating: “What I remember most about working with him is that he was a joy to be around.” I was apprehensive about working with him. I had been a tremendous fan of his for much of my life, and I believed someone was playing a joke on me when they told me they worked for Bob Dylan and he wanted to compose with me, and they were his publisher.
” The singer went on to tell what happened next: “When I realized it was real, I cancelled my week to make room for the session, apologized, and explained that I had the opportunity to write with Bob Dylan, and everyone said, ‘Oh, you have to do that.'” Everyone appeared to be understanding.” He went on to describe how it felt to collaborate with Dylan, recalling: “I think the feeling I had while sitting at a table waiting to start writing is something I’ll never forget.” It was in Bob’s garage, where he had his home studio, a set of drums, and a slew of different recording gear. He was chatting to me, and he probably believed I was paying attention, but all I could think was, ‘Oh my God! It’s Bob Dylan! Yes, Bob Dylan is still there.’ I couldn’t get my mind off the fact that I was working with Bob Dylan.” Following these meetings, the two wrote ‘Steel Bars,’ which Bolton published as part of his album ‘Time, Love & Tenderness.
‘ The 1991 album sold over 8 million copies in the United States alone. But, long before then, Bolton had reservations about the song’s development, owing mostly to Bob Dylan. He told the Hartford Courant the same year the record was released: “I asked myself, ‘How am I going to work with this guy?'” What if one of his lyrics offends me? What if I don’t like one of his ideas? So, what shall I say? That’s not good enough, Bob.’ I was unsure how I was going to write with him.” In the videos below, you can listen to the song and see Bolton’s interview.