by Pat Smith
Like so many other musicians who have hailed from the era of bell-bottoms and flower power, it all starts with a jazz fest. Simon and Garfunkel have finally reunited with a North American tour that opens with a jazz-themed event. Headlining the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival April 23-24, the team will hit Canada through the middle of May before they travel through cities like Uncasville, Conn. and Atlantic City, N.J. through the end of the month.
Fans are anxiously awaiting new material and live performances, although some got a preview of Simon and Garfunkel's 21st century work during an impromptu performance at New York City's Beacon Theater last February.
If you haven't forgotten about this remarkable duo from yesteryear, pick up Simon and Garfunkel tickets online. Although the duo isn't necessarily planning on revealing new tracks, the group will perform some of their classic hits along with singles that have individually allowed them to continue to perform since 1970. The New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival performance will jumpstart the tour and after that the "Mrs. Robinson" duo will hit the road.
"Over the years I've always enjoyed performing at Jazz Fest," Paul Simon said in a press release following the April 24th announcement the duo would be playing. "Everyone connected with the Festival, and in particular Quint Davis, has created an atmosphere that is both musical and enjoyable. I am looking forward to the opportunity to perform with my old friend Art Garfunkel at this year's festival." The show is bound to be legendary as these renowned performers have rarely come together in the three-plus decades since the split.
The famous duo that created hit singles like tracks from The Graduate and the sensational hit Bridge over Troubled Water most recently returned to celebrate 25 years of rock and roll. Along with Eric Clapton, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, Crosby, Still, Nash and Friends along with others, the duo performed at Madison Square Garden to celebrate over two decades of Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The October performance was the first time in many years that Simon and Garfunkel performed as a team. Now they have reunited once again as they visit several cities through Canada and the United States, through spring.
The month-long tour marks just one of several times over the past four decades that Simon and Garfunkel's names have popped up in the mainstream. Though fans were elated at the sounds of their music during the Hall of Fame fest, they had only just been replenished with such material months earlier when the digital LP Live 1969 appeared in April 2009.
The release featured singles from some of their most famous albums - part acoustic and part electric - that were never released. Written in the liner notes according to the group's website, Live 1969 says, "Several shows on the '69 tour were recorded in anticipation of what was earmarked to be their sixth album, the follow-up to Bridge. That live LP never came to be (until now, that is)." Listen to the record and hear them perform the tunes live with Simon and Garfunkel tickets today.
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