Art Garfunkel is slowly gearing up for a full-scale tour next year and has just announced his initial 2014 concert dates. Garfunkel will kick off his shows on January 30th and 31st at Franklin, Tennessee's Franklin Theater and -- as of now -- wrap things up on February 28th in Ponte Verda, Florida at the Ponte Verda Concert Hall.
A message announcing Garfunkel's return to the stage was posted on ArtGarfunkel.com stating: "After a long battle with debilitating vocal-cord paresis -- diagnosed in January 2010, Art's voice has recovered and he plans to perform live show throughout 2014. Dates and venues will be updated as they are confirmed."
In 2012, Garfunkel was forced once again to scrap a handful of European and North American comeback dates until his voice returned. This past June 7th, Garfunkel performed an intimate acoustic set at the Great Neck Arts Center on Long Island, during which a woman had to be taken out on a stretcher "due to excitement," and Garfunkel walked off the stage for 10 minutes when the show was interrupted by a ringing cell phone.
Art Garfunkel told us that recovering his voice is the greatest gift he's ever known: "Oh, I could fall to my knees with gratefulness to God for allowing the verb 'mending' to be part of the picture. You bet I'm grateful! I didn't count on anything like the voice coming back. I counted on nothing. I was just kind of depressed over, 'How come I can't sing, man?' I see the (laughs) light at the end of the tunnel." :
2014 TOUR DATES:
January 30, 31 - Franklin, TN - Franklin Theater
February 1 - Knoxville, TN - Bijoux Theater
February 2 - Atlanta, GA - Rialto Theater
February 8 - Macon, GA - Grand Opera House
February 9 - Augusta, GA - Performing Arts Center
February 20 - Orlando, FL - Plaza Live
February 27 - Clearwater, FL - Capitol Theater
February 28 - Ponte Verda, FL - Ponte Verda Concert Hall
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