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July 07, 2006 - USA / Vermont
Essex Junction - Champlain Valley Fairgrounds
The band (not all members are present at all shows)
Vincent Nguini - Guitar
Bakithi Kumalo - Bass
Steve Gadd - Drums
Mark Stewart - Guitars, Cello, Saxophone, selfmade instruments
Robin diMaggio - Drums, percussion
Tony Cedras - Accordeon, Keyboard, Guitars
Andy Snitzer - Saxophone, Synthesizer
Harper Simon - Guitar
Adrian Simon - Keyboards
Fans who attended this show
The Paul Simon show at the Verizon in Manchester, NH was by far the best concert I have ever attended. Even better than Aerosmith!
My very first Paul Simon concert but certainly not the last. Pure Perfection! My wife and I are in our mid 50´s and the whole night was magical, from the new song´s - which my oldest daughter chose ´ A Father & Daughter´ for us to dance to together for her wedding in September 2007, to the older classics - which brought many tears to our eyes from the memories. I thank you for making our summer!
Paul Simon Brings Surprise To Vermont
12 time Grammy winner Paul Simon brought his Grammy winning hits and his magic to the Champlain Valley Fair Grounds this summer. Paul´s July concert was the 10th stop on his ´surprise´¯ tour promoting his 2006 CD release ´Surprise´¯. His first in 6 years.
18 year old Kelly Sweet opened the show showing off her talents promoting her own CD. Paul and the band walked out with no introduction at about 8:15. The first song was Gumboots from the Graceland album which I though was a surprise because this was not a song that was to popular though the crowd seemed to enjoy it after that was The Boy In The Bubble this got more of a welcoming from the crowd this was also from Graceland though he played it in sort of a reggae feel the song Outrageous from his new release Surprise flowed because it was so new it really did not get much of a reaction from the crowd. Paul said a few words about the recent rain and about the already forming dancers on the side of the stage. Paul started the guitar part to Slip Sliding Away which got a good crowd reaction. You´re The One followed this from his 2000 release which some of the crowed knew but not much. Then Me And Julio Down By The School Yard started pumping and the crowd really started dancing and loving it. How Can You Live In The Northeast again from Surprise followed. Again not a lot of people recognized it but after the song he said ´for all you northeaster´s´¯ then Paul started riffing the Guitar to Mrs. Robinson and the crowd started to dance again. Then was Loves Me Like A Rock the crowd again dancing. That Was Your Mother the Cajun style song from Graceland followed. At this point the crowd really was engaged but he slowed it down for a song from his first solo album the song was called Duncan. He went right in to Graceland the title track of his 1987 release Graceland that he did in South Africa this was a Grammy winner. The song Father And Daughter from surprise but done for the wild throne berries sound track Paul´s 14 year old son Arian makes a guest appearance singing back up and wears a big smile when he is announced and gets a big round of applause. Diamonds On The Soles Of Her Shoes follows from the Graceland album this features a incredible drum solo by Robin DiMaggio and the Great Steve Gadd. The vary popular synthesizer intro for Sill Crazy After All These Years Erupts and features a great sax solo by Andy Snitzer. The song Cecilia Starts going and the crowd joins in by dancing and having a great time by this time the band leaves the stage and crowd wants more. So after a good solid minute of screaming Paul and the band walks out for the first encore and he starts out by saying ´latelys and gentleman Vincent Nguini and he starts the guitar part to the ever popular Call Me Al and the crowd really starts moving this was where Paul really started to dance and sing and try not to look 65. after the Great bass work of Bakithi Kumalo. ´Paul Mentions I used to be in a band called Simon And Garfunkel´¯ the crowd really goes wild ´I played the part of Simon. Then goes in to The Only Living Boy In New York a old Simon And Garfunkel Tune. The Boxer Follows the crowd sings the Lie Lie la Lies Paul leaves for a second time but then comes back out again and starts singing his new song Wartime Prayers from his surprise and thanks the crowd and starts singing Bridge Over Trouble Water as the last song. And if the nigh could get any better almost timed perfectly fireworks started exploding in the night sky it was truly a magical night