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Paul Simon Special on BBC Radio Two
´You can call me Paul´ Jonhnie Walker meets Paul Simon - Bank Holiday Monday 18:00 - 19:00 (BST) on BBC Radio Two ´As he approaches his 70th birthday and prepares to release his 12th studio album in the UK, Paul Simon talks to Johnnie Walker about his long career in music. It´s been over 50 years since Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel first troubled the charts with their pop hit Hey Schoolgirl, which was released under the moniker Tom and Jerry. Johnnie finds out how, at nearly 16 years old, Paul Simon found himself performing for Dick Clark on the hit TV show American Bandstand. The singer-songwri ter went on to pen pop standards like Bridge Over Troubled Water, Mrs Robinson and You Can Call Me Al, and he was selected by Time Magazine as one of the ´100 People Who Shaped the World´. Simon talks openly about his relationship with his father, his time in the UK during the 60s, his work with Art Garfunkel and immense solo success and, and the writing of his new album So Beautiful or So What. The pair bond over the importance of family and Paul´s long-lasting love affair with rhythm and song-writing, during an interview which was recorded in Norwalk Connecticut during rehearsals for Paul´s 2011 tour.´ (Content from bbc.co.uk/prog rammes/b010rcm t) Make a date with your wireless in the UK or an internet radio device outside these shores. If you miss the programme and are in the UK, it´ll be available for 7 days after broadcast on the BBC´s iPlayer.

Paul and Edie Brickell recording new album
It has been confirmed in a few recent interviews: Paul and his wife began recording a new album. They both had that idea since many years now, and it seems as if finally they found enough time and inspiration to start that project. Paul said in many interviews that his and his wife voice blend really perfect. Anyway, fans should be aware that this record might be a childrens-albu m. It will include songs that they sang for their children, some well known famous tunes, some songs that Edie wrote. Fans might remember their last appearance togehter (think in 2006), when they sang a funny song named : You´re the reason our kids are ugly. This project has been planed since many years, but some years ago they asked their children if those private songs should be available to the public, or keept as their own songs. In the past the children might not have been happy with that idea, but they might have changed their mind (and maybe their own music style ;) ) Anyway, we think every new Paul Simon record is a real gift to his fans. Normaly a new album would take 5-6 years, but a recording with cover songs and already written tunes could see a release within the next 12-18 months.

Paul Simon came in at No. 4
Foo Fighters top The Billboard 200 with Wasting Light this week, its first-week sales of 235,000 more than doubling the nearest competition. Four of the top five slots on the Billboard charts went to debuts. Bluegrass group Alison Krauss & Union Station had their highest chart debut ever, as Paper Airplane entered at No. 3. Paul Simon came in at No. 4 with So Beautiful or So What, and Latin rock band Mana rounded out the top five with Drama y Luz, the group´s first new album in five years. http://content .usatoday.com/ communities/id olchatter/post /2011/04/foo-f ighters-wastin g-light-debuts -at-no-1/1

Review The seattle times
Paul Simon at WaMu — one for the ages Paul Simon, in the first salvo of his North American tour, delivered a show for the ages Friday, April 15, at Seattle´s WaMu Theater, mixing old favorites such as ´The Sound of Silence´ with songs from his brilliant new album, ´So Beautiful or So What.´ By Paul de Barros Seattle Times arts critic PREV of NEXT PAUL DE BARROS The set list from Paul Simon´s concert at WaMu, April 15, 2011. Related Concert Review | Paul Simon´s immaculate, inspiring, near-perfectly articulated two-hour concert at WaMu Theater on Friday, the opening salvo of his North American tour, was one for the ages. At 69, Simon is still writing brilliant stuff — per his new album, ´So Beautiful or So What´ — even as he surveys a body of work that is the envy of any singer-songwri ter. Dressed in denim, green T and black overshirt with sleeves cut at the elbow, the diminutive, round-faced, silver-haired troubadour with the high, slightly melancholy voice coasted insouciantly over a delicious tangle of world rhythms created by a carefully-bala nced eight-piece band. The sold-out crowd greeted him with a standing ovation before he sang a note. Simon projected the mood of an adult comfortable in his own shoes, enjoying the moment, looking back at life with sentiments both savory and skeptical and eagerly anticipating the future. ´Life is what you make of it,´ he sang with a shrug, in the title song of the new album. Its driving rhythm lifted the room to the first peak of many in an evening that began with a slightly cottony reserve but inexorably built to a climax with a slow burn. Simon peppered the night with new work and old, dipping into ´The Sound of Silence´ (great Spanish guitar!) and ´Kodachrome,´ as well as Graceland favorite ´Diamonds on the Soles of her Shoes,´ which got the boomer fans (some, with their kids) up on their feet and dancing. But the new songs, such as the Blake-like vision ´Love is Eternal Sacred Light´ and the Hoagy Carmichael-inf lected ´Love and Hard Times,´ with their Big Subjects (cosmology, God) were more than welcome. Simon handled them with a remarkably light touch. When someone shouted, ´We love you!´ Simon responded, ´I used to love me, too,´ suggesting, perhaps, that humility is the key. The concert celebrated the 20th anniversary of Seattle radio station KMTT 103.7 The Mountain, which the singer cordially congratulated, dedicating the touching ´Father and Daughter´ to Mountain program director Dave Benson. The years have frayed Simon´s voice a tad. He carefully avoided some high notes and occasionally strayed off pitch, though his casual abandon was worth the trade-off. Simon was pulled back for two encores, ending a sumptuous night with ´Late in the Evening,´ a sweetly unabashed foray in nostalgia — for youth and young love.

Paul charts in Austria
The Afterlife, the latest single from Paul Simon´s new album, So Beautiful or So What, has entered the i-Tunes chart at #84 in Austria. The single is only available on download, apart from a 1-track promo CD that has been sent to radio stations across Europe. The chart position can be seen here: http://www.mus ic-chart.info/ Austria/archiv e/genre/14/Pop /2011/04/10#84

Paul Simon concert Reviews
Toronto 2011-05-07
TO night 2: The Sound Academy 2nd row! His voice is totally back - no shakiness, no breaks. And I believe we witnessed one of the rarer moments in PS concert history. With the crowd shouting for it favorite songs - someone persisted at just the right moment with ´Duncan´. Simon say ´ok, well play Duncan, but you just thru the setlist off´ (laughter from crowd). a young woman (30?) calls, ´I learned to play the guitar to Duncan´. Simon: ´you learned to play guitar to Duncan? Well, then come on up

Temecula 2011-04-23
Paul Simon walked on stage with an acoustic guitar and started working the opening chords to -The Sound Of Silence.” It was the first encore of his sold out show Saturday April 23rd at the Pechanga Theater in Temecula, California, and it was the defining moment of the evening. Sung in hushed tones, the breathtaking classic was a line-by-line testament to the depth and talent of Paul Simon the poet. Raising chills throughout the crowd, Simon took his time and delivered a moment that will forever

Los Angeles 2011-04-20
Paul Simon walked on stage with an acoustic guitar and started working the opening chords to -The Sound Of Silence.” It was the first encore of his sold out show Saturday April 23rd at the Pechanga Theater in Temecula, California, and it was the defining moment of the evening. Sung in hushed tones, the breathtaking classic was a line-by-line testament to the depth and talent of Paul Simon the poet. Raising chills throughout the crowd, Simon took his time and delivered a moment that will forever

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