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Paul Simon Returning With Spring Dates And New Album

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Paul Simon has just announced 30 spring dates, which will coincide with the release of his latest solo album, Stranger To Stranger, according to Rolling Stone. The new album, which is expected in the spring, follows Simon’s critically acclaimed 2011 Top Five hit, So Beautiful Or So What. Simon’s tour will wrap up at the recently re-opened Forest Hills Tennis Stadium — a stones throw from Simon’s childhood home in Queens, New York and the site of Simon & Garfunkel’s final concert before their split, held on July 18th, 1970.

Simon’s 2016 dates kick off with the previously announced appearance at New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival and criss-crosses the country hitting such iconic venues as Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium, L.A.’s Hollywood Bowl, St. Louis’ Fox Theatre, among others. Simon will play two Canadian shows, hitting Toronto and Montreal.

Paul Simon remains one of the lucky performers from the 1960’s who has never had to struggle to remain relevant to his audience. He shed some light on what the breakthrough in music technology really meant to his fellow musicians and the music business in general: “What happened to the music business, I think, is, y’know, a perfect storm of technology changing radically — they could put it on their iPods, and then they tended to listen on very small headphones and that. . . that and the bandwidth, that cut down the quality of sound. That tends to bring you towards the simple electronic beat, electronic bass and maybe nothing else but voices. And the audience that listens to singles are. . . they’re pretty young, like 11 to 15 or 11 to 16.”

April 29 – New Orleans, LA – New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival at Fairgrounds Racecourse
May 3 – Atlanta, GA- Fox Theater
May 4 – Birmingham, AL – BJCC Concert Hall
May 6 – Tulsa, OK – Hard Rock Hotel & Casino – The Joint
May 7 – Thackerville, OK – Winstar Casino
May 8 – Dallas, TX – AT&T Performing Arts Center
May 10, 11 – Austin, TX – Bass Concert Hall
May 14, 15 – Nashville, TN – Ryman Auditorium
May 18 – Des Moines, IA – Civic Center
May 19 – Lincoln, NE – Pinewood Bowl Theater
May 20 – Denver, CO – Bellco Theatre
May 22 – Salt Lake City, UT – Maverick Center
May 23 – Boise, ID – Botanical Gardens
May 25 – Portland, OR – Schnitzer Concert Hall
May 26 – Vancouver, BC – Queen Elizabeth Theatre
May 28, 29 – Woodinville, WA – Chateau St. Michelle
June 1 – Los Angeles, CA – Hollywood Bowl
June 3 – Berkeley, CA – Greek Theatre
June 5 – Santa Barbara, CA – Santa Barbara Bowl
June 11 – Kansas City, MO – Starlight
June 12 – St. Louis, MO – Fox Theatre
June 14 – Minneapolis, MN – Orpheum Theatre
June 19 – Rochester Hills, MI – Meadow Brook
June 21 – Toronto, ON – Sony Centre
June 22 – Montreal, QC – Place Des Arts
June 24 – Boston, MA – Blue Hills Bank Pavilion
June 25 – Philadelphia, PA – Mann Center for the Performing Arts
June 30 – Forest Hills, NY – Forest Hills Tennis Stadium

Photo Courtesy of Mary Ellen Matthews

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