Paul Simon already has big plans in place for his final run of live performances, dubbed Homeward Bound – The Farewell Tour. Now, coinciding with his final ride, Simon has announced that he will release a new album, In The Blue Light, on September 7th.
As Simon explains in the album’s behind-the-scenes announcement video titled “The Story of In The Blue Light”,
The idea was to take songs that I thought were really good songs, but didn’t get much attention when they first came out.” The album features guest contributions from Wynton Marsalis, Bill Frisell, yMusic, and more. Notes Simon in the video, “It was very easy because the musicianship is extraordinary.
You can watch the full Paul Simon album announcement video and take a look at the tracklist and cover art below. A pre-order window is also currently underway:
Paul Simon – “The Story of In The Blue Light”
Paul Simon Album Track Listing – In The Blue Light
1. One Man’s Ceiling Is Another Man’s Floor
3. Can’t Run But
4. How The Heart Approaches What It Yearns
5. Pigs, Sheep and Wolves
6. René and Georgette Magritte With Their Dog After the War
7. The Teacher
8. Darling Lorraine
9. Some Folks’ Lives Roll Easy
10. Questions for the Angels
Simon is currently in the midst of the European leg of the tour, which continues tomorrow night, July 13th, in Dublin, Ireland, before culminating with a July 15th blowout in London’s Hyde Park featuring James Taylor, Bonnie Raitt, and more as part of the British Summer Time Festival. Then, in September, Simon will mount an eleven-date U.S. run that ends with a three-night stand in his native New York City, featuring two performances at Madison Square Garden (September 20th & 21st) and a final outdoor farewell show at Flushing Meadows Corona Park in the same Queens neighborhood where he was raised.
As Simon explained to Variety when the final show was announced, “It seems more like fate than coincidence that I should do the final show on this final tour at Flushing Meadows Corona Park. … I could have ridden my bike from home to the park in about 20 minutes, when I was a kid. But this is less a goodbye than a farewell. Thank you all for the ride, I had a great time.”
For a full list of Simon’s farewell tour dates, see below. For more information on the new Paul Simon album or his upcoming tour dates, head to his website.
Paul Simon Homeward Bound — The Farewell Tour Upcoming Dates
July 13 Dublin, Ireland @ RDS Arena
Just 15 London, UK@ Hyde Park (BST Festival)
Sept 5 – New Orleans, LA – Smoothie King Center
Sept 7 – Tampa, FL – Amalie Arena
Sept 8 – Ft. Lauderdale, FL – BB&T Center
Sept 11 – Orlando, FL – Amway Center
Sept 12 – Atlanta, GA – Cellairis Amphitheatre
Sept 14 – Washington, DC – Capital One Arena
Sept 15 – Newark, NJ – Prudential Center
Sept 17 – Pittsburgh, PA – PPG Paints Arena
Sept 20 – New York, NY – Madison Square Garden
Sept 21 – New York, NY – Madison Square Garden
Sept 22 – New York, NY – Flushing Meadows Corona Park