Paul Simon Nabs Brian Wilson For Summer Trek

Legendary songwriters to hit road June 9.

Two of the most distinguished American pop singer/songwriters of the 1960s will join forces onstage this summer — according to a tour publicist, Paul Simon has roped in the mercurial Brian Wilson to open dates for his 2001 jaunt.

The tour comes hot on the heels of Simon's appearance at the March 29 all-star tribute to Brian Wilson at New York City's Radio City Music Hall, where he crooned a delicate rendering of Wilson's "Surfer Girl." The previous month, Wilson had sung Simon's "The Sound of Silence" at the NARAS charity event MusiCares, where Simon was named Person of the Year.

This is not the first time Simon has embarked on a tour with another performer of comparable stature: in 1999, he toured with Bob Dylan. Unlike that tour, however, Simon and Wilson are not expected to perform together.

Simon's most recent record is the Grammy-nominated You're the One (RealAudio excerpt of title track); Wilson will release the live recording Live at the Roxy on June 19.

Dates for the tour, according to Brian Wilson's publicist:

  • 6/9 - George, WA @ The Gorge Amphitheatre

  • 6/12 - Los Angeles, CA @ Greek Theatre

  • 6/13 - Los Angeles, CA @ Greek Theatre

  • 6/17 - Mountain View, CA @ Shoreline Amphitheatre

  • 6/19 - Chula Vista, CA @ Coors Amphitheatre

  • 6/20 - Phoenix, AZ @ Desert Sky Pavilion

  • 6/22 - Las Vegas, NV @ Mandalay Bay Events Center

  • 6/24 - Englewood, CO @ Fiddler's Green Amphitheatre

  • 6/26 - Bonner Springs, KS @ Sandstone Amphitheatre

  • 6/27 - St. Paul, MN @ Xcel Energy Center

  • 6/29 - Milwaukee, WI @ Summerfest

  • 6/30 - Tinley Park, IL @ Tweeter Center

  • 7/1 - Maryland Heights, MO @ Riverport Amphitheatre

  • 7/3 - Clarkston, MI @ DTE Energy Music Theatre

  • 7/8 - Burgettstown, PA @ Post Gazette Pavilion at Star Lake

  • 7/10 - Toronto, ON @ Molson Amphitheatre

  • 7/11 - Darien Center, NY @ Darien Lakes PAC

  • 7/13 - Mansfield, MA @ Tweeter Center

  • 7/14 - Hartford, CT @ The ctnow.com Meadows Music Centre

  • 7/15 - Saratoga Springs, NY @ Saratoga PAC

  • 7/17 - Hershey, PA @ Hershey Park Stadium

  • 7/18 - Camden, NJ @ Tweeter Center at the Waterfront

  • 7/20 - Holmdel, NJ @ PNC Bank Arts Center

  • 7/24 - Wantagh, NY @ Jones Beach Amphitheatre