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Paul Simon Re-Recording Overlooked Songs For New Studio Set

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Paul Simon revealed that a new studio album is coming this summer in time for his “Farewell tour.” Ohio State News reported that during Simon’s appearance last week (March 27th) at the Ohio State University where he chatted with President Michael V. Drake, Simon spoke about his upcoming retirement from the road and announced a new studio album featuring what was described in the report as “re-recordings of some of his earlier music that he feels did not get proper attention.” During the appearance, Simon performed acoustic readings of two songs — the 1973 classic “American Tune” and his 2011 So Beautiful Or So What standout, “Questions For The Angels.”

Regarding his upcoming road trek, Simon explained, “After this tour I have no intention of working for money anymore, I’m going to give everything to whatever it is that I feel is very valuable. I’m pretty sure I’ll keep my word on that. I’m past 75 now, I feel like I’m coming around third base. It’s time to be giving back. That’s my intention.”

Paul Simon feels that any artist, especially multi-era songwriters, will always go back to their earliest past influences for new work: “If you keep going back to the things that you love, I think you can easily renew yourself as a writer. That’s an issue that you have to deal with as you get older — how do you, y’know, keep going without repeating yourself? Well, you are repeating yourself, it’s that you’re just taking the elements and rearranging them. You’re changing texture and context. But basically, y’know, there’s only 12 notes and that’s what you’ve got to work with.”

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May 19 – Portland, OR – MODA Center
May 22, 23 – Los Angeles, CA – Hollywood Bowl
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June 2 – Houston, TX – Toyota Center
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June 12 – Toronto, ON – Air Canada Centre
June 13 – Montreal, QC – Bell Centre
June 15 – Boston, MA – TD Garden
June 16 – Philadelphia, PA – Wells Fargo Center
June 19 – Greensboro, NC – Greensboro Coliseum
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June 30 – Stockholm, Sweden – Ericsson Globe
July 1 – Oslo, Norway – Spektrum
July 3 – Copenhagen, Denmark – Royal Arena
July 5 – Antwerp, Belgium – Sportpaleis
July 7, 8 – Amsterdam, Holland – Ziggo Dome
July 10 – Manchester, England – Manchester Arena
July 11 – Glasgow, Scotland – SSE Hydro
July 13 – Dublin, Ireland – RDS Arena
July 15 – London, England – Hyde Park, BST Festival
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September 8 – Ft. Lauderdale, FL – BB&T Center
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September 17 – Pittsburgh, PA – PPG Paints Arena
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September 22 – New York, NY – Venue TBA

Photo Courtesy of Mary Ellen Matthews

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