Paul Simon Confirms Australian Tour Dates

Already announced for Byron Bay’s Bluesfest and the West Coast Blues N Roots Festival in Fremantle, Chugg Entertainment can now confirm Paul Simon will be appearing across the country in a run of headline shows – including a special Hunter Valley performance this March and April.

The tour begins at the Adelaide Entertainment Centre on Wednesday 27th March and Melbourne’s Rod Laver Arena on Thursday 28th March.  Simon will then play a special winery show at Hope Estate in the Hunter Valley on Saturday 30th March, before heading to the Sydney Entertainment Centre on Tuesday 2nd April. Tickets for all shows are on-sale Wednesday 30th January.

Simon’s Easter Saturday appearance in the Hunter Valley – with special guests Rufus Wainwright and Jimmy Cliff – forms one half of a weekend of legendary music in prime wine country.

Then on the Sunday, famed Led Zeppelin front man, Robert Plant, with his band Sensational Space Shifters and special guests Blind Boys of Alabama and Playing For Change will also play Hope Estate, making for two great reasons to spend Easter in the Hunter.  More information here.

Paul Simon – in the wake of the 25th anniversary of his musical landmark, Graceland – will bring fans a performance spanning all eras of his illustrious career: from his beginnings in the folk clubs of early 1960s Greenwich Village, to the warm and anthemic fruits of his celebrated partnership with Art Garfunkel, and his acclaimed solo career.

Widely regarded as one of the most successful and prolific songwriters of the latter half of the 20th century, Simon has consistently penned songs that are mature and literate, but also melodically engaging.  Lyrically, with an astute political and social conscience, he has at times spoken to the concerns and uncertainties of a generation, yet also focused on the personal sentiment.  In the early 1960s, the folk revival swept New York City, and a new breed of singers and songwriters introduced a new approach to the craft of creating tunes – at the forefront was Paul Simon.  As the 60s gave way to the 70s and 80s, Simon expanded his musical palette and helped introduce many rock and pop fans to world music with his outstanding release, Graceland.

A fusion of South African styles and Simon’s ear for a melody and memorable lyric, his ambition to work with Soweto street musicians resulted in a controversy surrounding the potential violation of the international cultural boycott of Apartheid-era South Africa, which is looked at in the award-winning documentary, Under African Skies, released earlier this year.  However his tenacity also resulted in an album that would later become his most career-defining work.  A work which is widely spoken to have helped hasten the end of Apartheid by presenting black South Africans as more than faceless victims, creating a trans-Atlantic bridge that neither pandered to nor patronized either culture which he so seamlessly fused.

During his distinguished career Paul Simon has been the recipient of many honours and awards including 12 Grammy Awards, three of which (Bridge Over Troubled Water, Still Crazy After All These Years and Graceland) were Albums of the Year.  In 2003 he was given a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award for his work as half of the duo Simon and Garfunkel.  He is a member of The Songwriters Hall of Fame, a recipient of their Johnny Mercer Award and is in the Rock n’ Roll Hall of Fame as a member of Simon and Garfunkel and as a solo artist. His song Mrs. Robinson from the motion picture The Graduate was named in the top ten of The American Film Institute’s 100 Years 100 Songs.  He was a recipient of The Kennedy Center Honors in 2002 and was named as one of Time Magazine’s 100 People Who Shape Our World in 2006.  In 2007, Simon was awarded the first annual Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song.  Named in honor of the legendary George and Ira Gershwin, this newly created award recognizes the profound and positive effect of popular music on the world’s culture, and is given annually to a composer or performer whose lifetime contributions exemplify the standard of excellence associated with the Gershwin’s.  In 2011 Mr. Simon was elected to The American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Paul Simon’s philanthropic work includes the co-founding of The Children’s Health Fund (CHF) with Dr. Irwin Redlener. The CHF donates and staffs mobile medical vans that bring health care to poor and indigent children in urban and rural locations around the United States.  Since its inception in 1986 it has provided over 2 million doctor/patient visits.  In the wake of Hurricanes Andrew and Katrina it was the primary health care source for those communities decimated by the storms.  Mr. Simon has also raised millions of dollars for worthy causes as varied as AMFAR (Amercian Foundation for AIDS Research), The Nature Conservancy, The Fund for Imprisoned Children in South Africa, Autism Speaks and The Joe Torre Safe At Home Foundation.

Although Paul Simon’s unique, carefully constructed contributions to music could be called innovative, he insists that the process has a lot to do with discovery. “I’m more interested in what I discover than what I invent. You don’t possess it. You can’t control it or dictate to it. You’re just waiting. Waiting… for the show to begin.”  With that credo, he brings his critically acclaimed most recent album to showcase in Australia: So Beautiful or So What.  Taking more than a year to perfect, Simon has revealed that So Beautiful or So What reminds him of his very first solo release, his acclaimed 1972 album, Paul Simon.  It has been getting rave reviews, not least from his contemporaries.  “This remarkable, thoughtful, often joyful record deserves to be recognised as Paul Simon’s very finest achievement.” – Elvis Costello

Joining Paul Simon on his Australian run of dates is the enigmatic Rufus Wainwright – one of the world’s true original contemporary artists.  Recently in Australia for a national tour, Wainwright once again wooed audiences with his staggering live performances off the back of his latest offering, the acclaimed Mark Ronson-produced album Out Of The Game.  With grace and humour, craft and confidence, the album is a remarkable return to the pop world of Rufus Wainwright – showing his scope of sounds and styles, unified by both his incomparable voice and the lucidity of his vision.

Do not miss out on this rare opportunity to witness Paul Simon, with special guest Rufus Wainwright.

TICKETS GO ON SALE : WEDNESDAY 30TH JANUARY, 9am

Wednesday 27th March
Entertainment Centre, Adelaide
with special guest Rufus Wainwright
www.ticketek.com.au or 132 849

Thursday 28th March
Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne
with special guest Rufus Wainwright
www.ticketek.com.au or 132 849

Saturday 30th March
Hope Estate, Hunter Valley
with special guests Rufus Wainwright & Jimmy Cliff
www.ticketmaster.com.au or 136 100

Tuesday 2nd April
Entertainment Centre, Sydney
with special guest Rufus Wainwright
www.ticketmaster.com.au or 136 100

Also appearing at:
West Coast Blues & Roots, Fremantle – westcoastbluesnroots.com.au
Bluesfest, Byron Bay – bluesfest.com.au

For more information about the tour visit: chuggentertainment.com