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by Dora Bona (subscribe)
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Legendary artist Paul Simon has announced a very special North American tour to celebrate the release of his first new record in five years. The tour will include two shows at the Beacon Theatre on May 10 and 11.

You wouldn't be reading this if you didn't know that Paul Simon is the famous other half of the duo Simon & Garfunkel, with musical partner Art Garfunkel. The band formed in 1965, and Simon wrote most of the songs performed by the duo. Three of those songs reached number one on the US singles charts. His songs remain firmly implanted in the jukebox of our minds. Who can forget the haunting melody of "The Sounds of Silence", the upbeat "Mrs. Robinson", and the melancholy "Bridge Over Troubled Water".

In 1970, at the height of their popularity, as often happens with the best performers, the duo split. At that time, Simon began a successful solo career, recording three highly-acclaimed albums over the next five years. In 1986, he released the album Graceland, which was inspired by a South African township. It's said that his music helped fuel the anti-apartheid movement.

The concert at the Beacon Theatre will draw from his iconic career, including several of his popular songs, as well as his highly anticipated new album So Beautiful or So What - described as a great balance of poetry and pop. If you'd like to listen to a couple of sample tracks from this album, visit Paul Simon's website. Paul Simon has been referred to by Filter Magazine as the "Picasso of Music"

Just in case you haven't been to the Beacon Theatre, it is the "older sister" to Radio City Music hall. With its flawless acoustics, the venue has always been a favourite venue for top acts. Interestingly, the original sound system still provides almost perfect acoustics today.

Tickets are priced from $54.50 to $139.50. You can purchase online.
May 10th Concert
May 11th Concert

I can only imagine how good this concert will be. Paul Simon fans will be delighted.
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Why? Paul Simon at the Beacon Theatre is a must-see
When: May 10th and May 11th, 2011
Where: The Beacon Theatre
Cost: Between $54.50 & $139.50
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