Songwriting legends Bob Dylan and Paul Simon have announced dates for a
joint U.S. tour. The two-month outing, which begins June 6 in Colorado
Springs, Colo., will be their first tour together.
"We have been great fans of each other for years and are really looking
forward to touring together," the pair said in a statement dated Monday
(April 5). "This tour will give us the opportunity to honor each other's
work while playing for our fans."
Each artist will bring his own backing band on the road. The statement
said the singers may join one another onstage, although no duet
performances are officially scheduled
The 32-date tour will start in the West and work its way east into the
Great Lakes states before winding up in the Northeast at the end of July.
Dylan is riding a wave of popularity and acclaim he hasn't experienced
since the 1960s, when such songs as "Like a Rolling Stone" helped
redefine rock as a serious art form. His 1997 album Time Out of Mind,
which includes "Love Sick"
(RealAudio excerpt), was heralded as a return to form and won a Grammy
for Album of the Year. He followed that up with last year's release of
the archival Live 1966, which topped many year-end critics' lists
Simon is no stranger to the Grammys himself. He and his '60s partner Art
Garfunkel won Record of the Year twice, for "Mrs. Robinson" (1968) and
"Bridge Over Troubled Water" (1970). After releasing several 1970s albums
in the traditional singer/songwriter mold, he reinvented himself as a
world-music pioneer. The South African-flavored Graceland (1986)
won the Grammy for Album of the Year.
His more recent work has not fared so well. Songs From the Capeman
(1997), which includes "Born in Puerto Rico"
(RealAudio excerpt), focused on recordings of songs from his $11 million
Broadway debut, "The Capeman." The musical closed in March 1998 after 68
Dylan, who has maintained a rigorous tour schedule for many years, has
often hit the road with high-profile peers. Last year he toured with
fellow singer/songwriters Van Morrison and Joni Mitchell; during the
1980s, his touring mates included Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers and
the Grateful Dead.
Tickets for the tour go on sale nationwide the weekend of April 10.
Bob Dylan & Paul Simon Tour Dates:
June 6; Colorado Springs, Colo., World Arena
June 7; Denver, Colo., McNichols Arena
June 9; Salt Lake City, Utah, Delta Center
June 11; Vancouver, B.C., GM Place
June 12; Portland, Ore., Rose Garden
June 13; George, Wash., the Gorge
June 16; Sacramento, Calif., Arco Arena
June 18; Concord, Calif., Concord Pavilion
June 19; Mountain View, Calif., Shoreline Amphitheatre
June 20; Anaheim, Calif., Arrowhead Pond
June 22; Los Angeles, Calif., Hollywood Bowl
June 25; San Diego, Calif., Coors Amphitheatre
June 26; Las Vegas, Nev., TBA
June 27; Phoenix, Ariz., Desert Sky Pavilion
July 2; Minneapolis, Minn., Canterbury Downs
July 3; Duluth, Minn., Bayside Park
July 4; Milwaukee, Wis., Marcus Amphitheatre
July 7; Detroit, Mich., Pine Knob
July 9; Chicago, Ill., World Music Theater
July 10; St. Louis, Mo., Riverport Amphitheatre
July 11; Cincinnati, Ohio, River Bend
July 14; Raleigh, N.C., Walnut Creek
July 16; Bristow, Va., Nissan Pavilion
July 17; Camden, N.J., E Center
July 18; Pittsburgh, Pa., Starlake Amphitheatre
July 22-23; Mansfield, Mass., Tweeter Center
July 24; Hartford, Conn., Meadows Music Theatre
July 27; New York, N.Y., Madison Square Garden
July 28; Holmdel, N.J., PNC Bank Center
July 30-31; Wantagh, N.Y., Jones Beach Amphitheatre