Bob Dylan, Paul Simon Announce Joint Tour

Two-month summer outing marks pair's first time on road together.

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

for 1998.

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

performances.

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