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Paul Simon Announces New Zealand Tour with Rufus Wainwright

Paul Simon Announces New Zealand Tour with Rufus Wainwright

Tuesday 29th January, 2013 3:20PM

Legendary singer-songwriter Paul Simon has been announced to play Auckland and Dunedin in April. One half of duo Simon and Garfunkel, he wrote a number of their biggest hits including 'Sound of Silence', 'Mrs Robinson' and 'Bridge Over Troubled Water' along with solo classics likes 80s number 'You Can Call Me Al'. He'll be joined by special guest Rufus Wainwright who played an amazing show last year at the Civic Theatre in Auckland - here are the tour details...

Paul Simon
with special guest Rufus Wainwright

Saturday 6th April, Forsyth Barr Stadium, Dunedin
Monday 8th April Vector Arena, Auckland

Ticketing details below - here are some clips...

'Mrs Robinson' live in Central Park (New York)

'You Can Call Me Al' from Graceland (1986)

Press Release:

- with special guest RUFUS WAINWRIGHT -

Chugg Entertainment in association with Bolton Promotions are thrilled to announce that renowned singer-songwriter Paul Simon will be appearing in Dunedin and Auckland for two very special evenings this April.

The first show is at Dunedin’s Forsyth Barr Stadium on Saturday 6th April followed by Auckland’s Vector Arena on Monday 8th April. Tickets for both shows are on-sale Friday 8th February.

Dunedin Mayor Dave Cull welcomed the announcement, saying “Having a musician of this caliber performing in Dunedin is wonderful news for the city. His music takes me back to fond memories of the ‘60s and every decade since. Paul Simon will be a huge draw card for thousands of fans, which will also bring millions of dollars into Dunedin. The economic impact of the Elton John concert was in excess of $14 million and we hope to see similar benefits from this concert.”

In the wake of the 25th anniversary of his musical landmark, Graceland, Simon will bring fans a performance spanning all eras of his illustrious career: from 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 New Zealand dates is the enigmatic Rufus Wainwright, undoubtedly one of the world’s true original contemporary artists. Recently in New Zealand for an astounding performance at Auckland’s Civic Theatre, Wainwright once again wooed audiences with his staggering live performance 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. This time around the magnificent Rufus will be performing solo.

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



Saturday 6th April Forsyth Barr Stadium, Dunedin
with special guest Rufus Wainwright or 0800 224 224

Monday 8th April Vector Arena, Auckland
with special guest Rufus Wainwright or 0800 111 999


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