A 25th anniversary tour to celebrate Paul Simon's landmark "Graceland" album next year is in the early planning stages. The tour would coincide with a "Graceland" box set that Sony Legacy will release in the late spring, most likely in May.Until those Graceland dates surface, you can settle on some regular Paul Simon dates in support of his recent LP So Beautiful or So What and his even newer Songwriter LP which is a collection of 32 career-spanning songs that includes a live version of "The Sound of Silence" that was recorded at the recent BrooklynVegan-presented Webster Hall show. You can watch a promo video for the album below.
Simon told Billboard.biz he intends to reunite musicians who toured with him in 1987, among them the South African vocal group Ladysmith Black Mambazo.
In July, Simon returned to South Africa with his band and performed with trumpeter Hugh Masekela and Ladysmith Black Mambazo for a crowd of 300 people. Director Joe Berlinger, whose credits include documentaries on the West Memphis Three and Metallica, shot the performance for a film that will be included in a 25th anniversary box set. Berlinger's film is also expected to be submitted to film festivals.
"The documentary," Simon said, "took me back to the artistic aspects and the political aspects of making Graceland and the controversy that surrounded it and how it was resolved, plus what remains of it and what we learn from it."
Paul played a show last night in Atlantic City, NJ at Mark G. Etess Arena and plays another one again tonight (11/27) at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark. A few select tickets are still available for tonight's show.
All dates and a few videos, below....
Paul Simon - Songwriter EPK
Paul Simon - You Can Call Me Al
Paul Simon - Diamonds On The Soles Of Her Shoes
PAUL SIMON - 2011 TOUR DATES
November 27 Newark, NJ NJPAC
November 29 Richmond, VA Landmark Theater
December 1 Durham, NC Durham Performing Arts Center
December 2 Duluth, GA The Arena At Gwinnett Center
December 4 Orlando, FL UCF Arena
December 5 Clearwater, FL Ruth Eckerd Hall
December 6 Hollywood, FL Seminole Hard Rock Live