After a five-year recording hiatus, Paul Simon is back on the road behind new album So Beautiful or So What (out April 12), which he’s touting as the best work he’s done in 20 years. Now, 20 years ago the singer-songwriter was riding high after the insanely successful Graceland tour and the critically acclaimed, Brazilian-influenced The Rhythm of the Saints in 1990, so that’s saying something. He’ll kick off the tour in Seattle: first at WaMu Theater on April 15 (tickets on sale now), but then at the cozy Showbox at the Market on April 17. Those tickets go on sale Friday, April 1 at 10am at ticketmaster.com.
’I’m going to play 3,000 seat theaters and also clubs,’ Simon told Rolling Stone recently. ‘I want to play several songs from the new album and music from my repertoire that I either haven’t played in concert or have played very seldom. …I’ll play a few songs by other people, maybe a couple of Simon and Garfunkel songs. And then late in the evening, who knows, I might pick up my acoustic guitar and sing whatever comes into my mind. That’s the fun of clubs, it’s looser. I can come at it all from a place that’s fresh.’
He’s sounding pretty fresh on new single "The Afterlife," also on Rolling Stone.
UPDATED 3/31/11. Off topic, but I just heard that Eddie Vedder is playing sans Pearl Jam at Benaroya Hall on July 15, and those tickets also go on sale April 1, 10am, at ticketmaster.com.