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Paul Simon announces new album, playing the Chicago Theatre & other 2011 tour dates

Paul Simon @ Town Hall in 2008 (more by Ryan Muir)

Paul Simon is set to release his first record in five years titled So Beautiful or So What via Hear Music/Concord Music Group on April 12th. To celebrate, he’s embarking on a North American tour that will make a stop at the Chicago Theatre on May 17th. Tickets have not been posted yet, but will go on sale Saturday, the 12th at 11AM via Ticketmaster.

Below, is a widget that will allow you to listen to his new singles “The Afterlife”, and “Getting Ready For Christmas”.

…The set list will draw from his iconic career, including several songs that haven’t been performed live in many years. Also included will be songs from So Beautiful or So What, his brand new album set for release by Hear Music/Concord Music Group on Tuesday, April 12, 2011. Before hitting the road, Simon will appear two consecutive nights, April 6th and 7th on NBC’s Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.

Produced by Phil Ramone and Paul Simon, with liner notes written by Elvis Costello, So Beautiful or So What is one of the most highly anticipated albums of the year. Rolling Stone magazine recently declared it, “His best since Graceland,” and National Public Radio affirmed, “…his new music balances great poetry and pop. Paul Simon is a national treasure.” In their current issue, Filter Magazine calls the new album, “…a new masterpiece from the Picasso of music.” [JAM Productions]

All 2011 tour dates are below…

Paul Simon 2011 Tour Dates
4/15/11 Seattle, WA WAMU Theater
4/20/11 Los Angeles, CA Pantages Theatre
4/21/11 Los Angeles, CA Pantages Theatre
4/23/11 Temecula, CA Pechanga Resort & Casino Theatre
4/25/11 San Francisco, CA Davies Symphony Hall
4/26/11 Oakland, CA Fox Theatre
5/2/11 Minneapolis, MN Minneapolis Convention Center Auditorium
5/6/11 Toronto, ON Massey Hall
5/10/11 New York, NY The Beacon Theatre
5/10/11 New York, NY The Beacon Theatre
5/17/11 Chicago, IL The Chicago Theatre
5/19/11 Nashville, TN Ryman Auditorium
5/22/11 Gulf Shores, AL Hangout Festival
5/25/11 Washington, DC DAR Constitution Hall
5/28/11 Atlantic City, NJ The Borgata
5/29/11 Mashantucket, CT MGM Grand Theatre @ Foxwoods
6/1/11 Boston, MA Wang Theatre

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