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Harper Simon arrested for smoking pot

from Ans , 2004-09-01

While Dad was taking the stage at the special charity concert in Amagansett, Simon´s son, Harper,
was doing an unfortunate impression of a ´Cheech and Chong´ movie for cops nearby.

Harper was stopped at a safety checkpoint on Amagansett´s Main Street shortly before 10 p.m., and when he was asked to open the window of his 1998 Chrysler, ´a strong odor of burnt marijuana´ billowed out, according to the East Hampton Town police report.

An officer then spotted a ´marijuana cigarette in plain view next to the stick shift of the vehicle,´ said the report.

Harper was arrested and later released with a ticket.

Paul Simon special guest Charity Concert

from Ans , 2004-09-01

Hamptons Diary - New York Post Online Edition

August 31, 2004 -- SINGER Paul Simon appeared as the special guest Sun day at an impromptu Amagansett charity concert for local chef Sean Rafferty, who was diagnosed with a bladder tumor two weeks ago.
Simon joined two local bands, Little Head Thinks and The Nancy Atlas Project, at the Stephen Talkhouse, wearing a Yale baseball cap, black T-shirt and jeans. He said he was there to help out a ´friend of the family,´ while confiding to staffers he wanted to give back to the East End community, which has treated him so well.

For a suggested donation of $25, hundreds of guests packed the bar in support of Rafferty and wound up hearing an acoustic quartet of Simon classics: ´Homeward Bound´, ´America,´ ´Me and Julio Down by the Schoolyard´ and ´The Boxer.´

The enthusiastic crowd caught Simon off guard when they began singing in unison the ´lie-la-lie´ chorus of ´The Boxer,´ his last song of the evening.

The singer grinned and then pointed to the bartenders and declared, ´Literally, everyone can have a beer on me.´

Before wrapping up his act, Simon looked at the audience and quipped, ´I have to figure out how to pay for the beers now.´

He walked off stage and immediately offered up his credit card.

Simon showed up at the request of Sean´s older brother, Ron Rafferty, who was the former caretaker of Simon´s Montauk estate and is now leading the charge to help his sibling, who´s already facing bills of $20,000 and has no medical coverage.

When the concert finished, Sean, 37, a chef at Nichol´s, summed up the evening: ´It was really wonderful - I have a lot more friends than I realized.´

As Simon was leaving the building, Sean´s wife, Kathryn, rushed out to thank him for playing at the event, which raised about $10,000 through donations and the evening´s bar profits, which the Talkhouse gave to the cause.

The good-hearted Simon replied, ´Your husband´s going to be fine . . . When he´s fine, I´ll come sing again.´

Donations for Sean can be made by calling him at (631) 267-7619.

SNL Vets Gather to Honor Lorne Michaels

from Micky , 2004-09-27

From People.com
Monday Sep 27, 2004 9:00am EST

By Stephen M. Silverman

SCHEDULED: Dan Aykroyd, Chevy Chase, Darrell Hammond, Tina Fey, Tim Meadows, Conan O´Brien, Molly Shannon and David Spade, along with regular Saturday Night Live guests Steve Martin, Christopher Walken, Candice Bergen and Paul Simon are due to gather at Washington, D.C.´s Kennedy Center Concert Hall on Oct. 25 when the show´s creator, Lorne Michaels, receives the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor. Besides the 30-year-old SNL, Michaels, 59, is the executive producer of Late Night with Conan O´Brien and his films as producer include this past summer´s hit Mean Girls.

Original Source: http://people.aol.com/people/articles/0,19736,7022

DVD release Old Friends Tour

from Ans , 2004-09-30

Edited By Jonathan Cohen. September 29, 2004, 4:00 PM ET

Billboard Bits: Simon & Garfunkel, R.E.M., Ween

Although details were scant at deadline, Simon & Garfunkel are eyeing a Nov. 23 release for a DVD and deluxe CD chronicling their wildly successful Old Friends reunion tour. The sets will be issued by Warner Bros., which previously released Simon & Garfunkel´s landmark 1981 ´Concert in Central Park.´

The Old Friends tour ended in Rome on July 31, no announcement has been made regarding the possibility of future dates. Paul Simon is at work on his next solo album with producer Brian Eno and will, as previously reported, perform Monday (Oct. 4) at the ACLU-sponsored Freedom Concert at New York´s Avery Fisher Hall.