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Top of the Pops at 73

from Brenda, 2015-04-20

Paul Simon top of the pops at 73 after his greatest hits album reaches number one in the charts
Grammy Award-winning artist tops UK album chart for first time in 25 years
Paul Simon, 73, outsold more youthful musicians such as Ed Sheeran
His album The Ultimate Collection includes 19 tracks from a 50-year-career
Simon's recent tour with Sting is thought to have propelled him to top spot Quarter of a century after his last number one, Paul Simon is back at the top of the charts.
The 73-year-old - who rose to fame as part of Simon & Garfunkel - has forged ahead of more youthful musicians to reach number one in the UK album chart with The Ultimate Collection.
His album outsold those by the likes of Ed Sheeran, James Bay and Sam Smith.

Simon's recent tour with Sting (left) is believed to have been the catalyst in helping to propel him to the top of the charts. It is the first time he has reached the top of the album chart since The Rhythm of the Saints in 1990

The greatest hits record includes 19 tracks from Simon’s 50-year career, including Mrs Robinson and The Only Living Boy in New York, from his days recording and performing as Simon & Garfunkel with Art Garfunkel, prior to their break up in the 1970s, and some of his solo hits such as 50 Ways to Leave Your Lover.

It marks a return to popularity for the Grammy Award-winning singer, 73, as the first time he has reached the top of the album chart since The Rhythm of the Saints in 1990.
Simon is currently on his On Stage Together world tour with Sting. It is thought the success of the pair’s live shows, which have been met with rave reviews, is what propelled the album to number one.
Simon & Garfunkel broke up spectacularly, and very publicly, in 1970, soon after the release of their album Bridge Over Troubled Water.

Daily Mail Australia 20 April 2015

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Paul performing at Michael Brecker benefit concert

from Bodo, 2015-01-21

Paul Simon, James Taylor and Bobby McFerrin played on Januara 20 at the Michael Brecker benefit show, supporting cancer research.
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Paul Simon to help write biography about himself

from Erwin, 2014-11-04

Paul Simon has agreed to co-operate with longtime music critic Robert Hilburn for a planned biography.


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Paul at Everly Tribute - Rolling Stone article

from Bodo, 2014-10-31

A remarkable short and intimate concert by Paul in Nashville to tribute Phil Everly.


Quick and funny notes:
Ticket prices range from500 to 30.000$. When Paul asked a woman sitting in the 2nd row if she had bought that view, she nodded yes. Simon smiled: "I wouldn't have paid that."

Note 2:
Paul belongs now to the group of artists who use pre-recorded whistle tracks onstage (Me and Julio)

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Paul Simon: Words & Music

from Ans, 2014-10-30

CLEVELAND, Ohio – Two-time Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Paul Simon is the first subject of a new-style exhibit at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum.

"Paul Simon: Words & Music'' essentially will be a 1,500-square-foot exhibit of clips and artifacts at the museum and at the Rock Hall's Library and Archives on the Metro campus of Cuyahoga Community College.




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Paul to Headline Phil Everly Tribute Concert

from Brenda, 2014-10-03

The COPD Foundation will host “A Tribute to Phil Everly” benefit concert in Nashville, TN, on Wednesday, Oct. 29.The concert, from 6-9 p.m., will feature a rare acoustic performance by 12-time Grammy winner Paul Simon. It honors the legacy of rock ‘n’ roll pioneer Phil Everly. Proceeds going to COPD fOUNDATION.

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George Harrison week

from Bodo, 2014-09-24

Paul and Mark performing Here comes the sun. Paul also talks about his memories on George in another video. See:

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Simon/Sting Tour 2015 Australia & Europe

from Bodo, 2014-06-30

Jamey Haddad was the first to announce tour dates for 2015 on his website.
30-Jan-15 Auckland, NZ Opening Show
31-Jan-15 OFF or 2nd Auckland
3-Feb-15 Brisbane, AUS
4-Feb-15 Brisbane, AUS
7-Feb-15 Geelong, AUS (Nr. Melbourne)
8-Feb-15 Aidelaide, AUS
10-Feb-15 Melbourne, AUS
11-Feb-15 Melbourne, AUS
13-Feb-15 OFF/Opt Add’t Melbourne or Sydney
14-Feb-15 Hunter Valley, AUS (Nr. New Castle)
16-Feb-15 Sydney, AUS
17-Feb-15 Sydney, AUS
21-Feb-15 Perth, AUS
22-Feb-15 Perth, AUS

EUROPE Dates in Europe are not confirmed, as we understand a tour is planed trough March and April in many central European countries, as also Ireland and the UK

So in early 2015 we get a lot of Paul Simon concerts in Australia, New Zealand and Europe - this time even in the part of Europe south of Ireland ;-) 2015 might become a Paul Simon year if we get both, a Simon+Sting tour, a new album, and a Simon solo tour in the fall. (fingers crossed)

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Paul recording new songs

from Bodo, 2014-06-07

Jim Oblon has released a picture of him, Paul and some band members recording - as we suspect a new song at Pauls home.
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We are definately looking forward to a new album in the near future. However, expect Paul to be slow, I count on late 2015 or even 2016 for a release date.

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Promoter and clubowner Michael Dorf to honor Paul Simon at Carnegie Hall

from Ildikó, 2014-03-29

On Monday, New Orleans piano master Allen Toussaint, soul survivor Bettye LaVette, horn-studded funk band Antibalas, ambitious punk rocker Bob Mould and more than 20 other acclaimed musicians playing in disparate styles will gather at Carnegie Hall to perform the music of Paul Simon.

Michael Dorf is the man who will bring them there.

Dorf, who has quietly become one of the foremost promoters in New York, has chosen Simon as the subject of his 10th annual tribute concert. ´The Music of Paul Simon´ follows similar events dedicated to Joni Mitchell, Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, Prince and other beloved songwriters with wide and varied repertoires of memorable songs that invite interpretation.

´I’m like a kid in a candy shop,´ says Dorf, 50, about his annual selection of a tribute subject. ´There’s no shortage of great artists who we’d like to have as the honoree, and there’s never, ever a shortage of great musicians who want to come out and honor their favorites. We’ve had some incredible artists play at these tributes, and this roster is no exception.´

Dorf doesn’t know if Simon will show up at the tribute. But he’s a lifelong Simon fan, and when he put together a Simon & Garfunkel tribute for Central Park’s SummerStage in 2010, he was impressed by the artist’s graciousness. (Simon also visited City Winery, Dorf’s handsome Tribeca club, earlier this year to attend a performance by his son.)

Once Dorf announced his intention, he found plenty of artists eager to participate.

´The beauty of this series,´ he says, ´is that it’s not about replicating what the honorees did or capturing their intonations. It’s about hearing the performers reinterpret and sometimes reconstruct songs that are already well known. Because it’s coming through their voices, you pick up something about the song that you didn’t hear when Paul was singing it. They’re all great songwriters themselves, and they understand what makes these songs work.´

They’re also all performing for an honorarium. These tributes raise money for music education programs targeted toward underprivileged kids, and Dorf is serious about getting as much of the ticket money to the charities as he can. Carnegie Hall doesn’t come cheap, but Dorf believes the venue helps the effort.

´Carnegie is so special,´ says Dorf, who lives in New York but is originally from Wisconsin. ´It’s as prestigious a room as you can get, and because of that, it helps elevate everybody’s expectations. Many of the artists that we end up having at our tributes have never even been to Carnegie Hall. It’s got such a history that it makes them a little nervous, and maybe gets them to step their games up a bit.´

It also couldn’t be any more different from Dorf’s original New York venture. In 1987, he co-founded the Knitting Factory, a ramshackle space on East Houston Street that became home to unconventional jazz artists and rock bands and unclassifiable experimental musicians. Some of the first experiments in webcasting live performance were done under its roof.

The Knitting Factory’s personality was distinct from all other Manhattan clubs, although many have tried to copy its alchemy: It was urbane, seedy, technophilic and courageous. It felt like a house of cards, but Dorf built it into a success — and in 1994, he moved it to a multi-stage performing arts center on Leonard Street.

´There was never much of a calculated business plan,´ he says. ´Our goal was to learn and see what happened. I was 23 when we started the Knitting Factory, and I had very eclectic tastes. I had the idea of creating a club that had a Jack Kerouac jazz thing, with poetry and music, but it wasn’t all that well thought out.

´It was much different than City Winery, which was from the beginning all about exposing singer-songwriters to an audience that wants to have a complete experience: music, food, and wine.´

The Knitting Factory continues in Brooklyn, with branches in Southern California, Reno, Nev., and Boise, Idaho. Dorf, however, has nothing to do with the current company: He left it a decade ago and now devotes himself to tribute shows, festivals and City Winery, which he’s expanded to Napa, Calif., Nashville and Chicago’s West Loop.

It’s not lost on Dorf that property values in the neighborhoods where he’s opened clubs have escalated in a hurry. There was little of interest to a music fan on East Houston Street when he began the Knitting Factory; now, that strip is a center of pop culture.

´My dad always told me,´ he says, ´that I should have gone into real estate.´

The Music of Paul Simon
Where: Carnegie Hall, Seventh Avenue and 57th Street, New York
When: Monday at 8 p.m. with Heart, Judy Collins, Sam Moore, Bettye LaVette, Bob Mould, Allen Toussaint, Josh Ritter, Angélique Kidjo, Madeleine Peyroux, Mike Gordon, Richard Marx, Antibalas, John Doe, Bob Forrest and Gibby Haynes, others
How much: $48 to $160; call (212) 247-7800 or visit carnegiehall.org.

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