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Paul Simon back with Sony – Official?

We’ve heard rumours for a while about the imminent return of Paul Simon’s albums to Sony (he’s been with Warner since One-Trick Pony). Rumours heated up when Simon’s music disappeared from iTunes. Well, the solo albums are back online, and the copyright info refers to a license to Sony Entertainment. While this will unlikely affect much – it will make… Read more →

Simon & Baez

As Rolling Stone reported (and as the Children’s Health Fund live-tweeted), Joan Baez joined Paul Simon after his short set in support of the CHF Wednesday night in New York. Simon & Baez dueted on “The Boxer,” as they did at the Bread & Roses concert nearly thirty years ago. Baez was being recognized by the CHF, which Simon co-founded… Read more →

New Album News

According to Roger Friedman, Paul Simon has been a busy man lately: His next album, which he’s been working on with Phil Ramone, is almost done and is, according to Paul, his “best work… in 20 years.” He’s thinking of asking Bob Dylan to sing on the record. He’s moving his back catalogue to Sony/Columbia Records (Paul has been with… Read more →

Official One-Trick Pony DVD Release

Paul Simon fans have waited a long, long day time for this. Warner Brothers has finally released Paul Simon’s 1980 film, One-Trick Pony, on DVD and in streaming video format (innovation! </sarcasm>). The quality of the trailer is very good, certainly better than the VHS and homemade DVD versions floating around. (Unfortunately, they’ll only “ship” to the U.S., even if… Read more →

Paul Simon on PBS Tonight

PBS will broadcast a White House concert in tribute to Gershwin Prize winner Stevie Wonder tonight (check local listings). The concert, recorded Wednesday in the East Room, features the inaugural Gershwin Prize recipient, Paul Simon. “I am so glad my children are growing up under an Obama presidency,” Simon said, before performing what the Washington Post described as a “quiet,… Read more →

The Beacon

From the New York Times, a look at the restored Beacon Theater in Manhattan, where Paul Simon will be performing Friday and Saturday nights. During a rehearsal on Wednesday, Paul Simon, the headliner for the reopening celebration on Friday night, said: “I’ve performed here many times and it was always fun, but I was overwhelmed to see how beautiful it… Read more →

Surprise?

The Internet is flooded – flooded! – with rumours that Art Garfunkel will be joining Paul Simon for a few numbers at this Friday’s Beacon Theater concert. Garfunkel is in the middle of a tour of Florida, with stops in Key Largo on Thursday and Fort Pierce on Saturday, so a quick jaunt to New York for a performance Friday… Read more →

証拠

That’s Japanese for “Proof,” captured in all its goofy glory in this YouTube video dating back to May 14, 1991, at the Tokyo Dome. Note Paul’s spotting of a Hanshin Tigers fan during the non-musical interlude. Read more →

Paul Simon at the Beacon Theatre – Tickets

As we reported earlier, Paul Simon will re-open the Beacon Theatre in New York City with a pair of concerts on February 13th and 14th. If you’re interested in attending, please note that tickets begin to go on sale this weekend. In typically frustrating fashion, the TicketMaster website will only reveal that the American Express pre-sale runs from this Sunday, January 25, at 9… Read more →

Covers: Still Crazy, Graceland and American Tune

Some Paul Simon covers that have been circulating recently: Grizzly Bear, who performed at the Love in Hard Times: American Tunes suite of concerts in Brooklyn last year – “Graceland” Deer Tick – “Still Crazy After All These Years” John Boutte, Paul Sanchez & Leroy Jones  – “American Tune” “Graceland” is epic, electronic and atmospheric. Grizzly Bear slows the tempo… Read more →

Paul Simon at the Beacon Theatre – February 13 & 14 – Full Details

Paul Simon will be re-opening the Beacon Theatre in Manhattan following the landmark venue’s $15 million restoration. Simon will perform on February 13 and 14. Tickets go on sale January 25 at 9 a.m. (eastern), though this appears to be a limited pre-sale. The main ticket sale is February 1 (no word on the pre-sale conditions yet). Tickets are priced between $80 and… Read more →

Early Mother and Baby Reunion

Thanks to Kapeman, who found a real YouTube gem – Paul Simon performing a demo of what would become two songs: the melody is clearly “Mother and Child Reunion” (in embryonic form, as the title of this post suggests) and the verses eventually wound up in “Was a Sunny Day.” Read more →

Rev. Claude Jeter, 1914-2009

Sad story out of New York, where the Rev. Claude Jeter, lead singer for the Gospel quartet the Swan Silvertones, has died. Rev. Jeter’s improvised line in “Oh Mary, Don’t You Weep,” – “I’ll be your bridge over deep water if you trust in my name” – brought Paul Simon to the line “like a bridge over troubled water I… Read more →

Sunday Gospel: Bridge Over Troubled Water

Sunday Gospel, a new feature here at Paul Simon Web, examines the threads of Gospel music that run through Paul Simon’s work, an impressive collection considering Simon is a short, white, Jewish guy from Queens. Here’s a monster of a first take – Paul Simon, Luther Vandross, Jennifer Hudson and a Gospel choir with an over-the-top take on “Bridge Over… Read more →