To celebrate the release of his first new record in five years, legendary artist Paul Simon has announced a very special North American tour beginning Friday, April 15th in Seattle, Washington. The set list will draw from his iconic career, including several songs that haven't been performed live in many years. Also included will be songs from So Beautiful or So What,his brand new album set for release by Hear Music/Concord Music Group on Tuesday, April 12, 2011. Before hitting the road, Simon will appear two consecutive nights, April 6th and 7th on NBC's Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.
Produced by Phil Ramone and Paul Simon, with liner notes written by Elvis Costello, So Beautiful or So What is one of the most highly anticipated albums of the year. Rolling Stone magazine recently declared it, "His best since Graceland," and National Public Radio affirmed, "...his new music balances great poetry and pop. Paul Simon is a national treasure." In their current issue, Filter Magazine calls the new album, "...a new masterpiece from the Picasso of music."
Joining Paul for this tour is a stellar band of musicians including Cameroonian guitarist Vincent Nguini, drummer Jim Oblon, pianist Mick Rossi, saxophonist/keyboardist Andrew Snitzer, bassist Bakithi Kumalo, guitarist Mark Stewart, master percussionist Jamey Haddad and multi-instrumentalist Tony Cedras.
Paul Simon - U.S. tour dates:
4/15/11 Seattle, WA WAMU Theater
4/20/11 Los Angeles, CA Pantages Theatre
4/21/11 Los Angeles, CA Pantages Theatre
4/25/11 San Francisco, CA Davies Symphony Hall
4/26/11 Oakland, CA Fox Theatre
5/2/11 Minneapolis, MN Minneapolis Convention Center Auditorium
5/6/11Toronto, ON Massey Hall
5/10/11 New York, NY The Beacon Theatre
5/11/11 New York, NY The Beacon Theatre
5/17/11 Chicago, IL Chicago Theatre
5/19/11 Nashville, TN Ryman Auditorium
5/22/11 Gulf Shores, AL Hangout Festival
5/25/11 Washington DC DAR Constitution Hall
5/28/11 Atlantic City, NJ The Borgata
5/29/11 Mashantucket, CT MGM Grand Theatre @ Foxwoods
6/1/11 Boston, MA Wang Theatre