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Paul Simon Taking 'Graceland' on Tour

Singer will reunite with musicians from studio sessions

October 12, 2011 4:05 PM ET
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Paul Simon performs at the North Sea Jazz Festival in Rotterdam, Netherlands.
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Paul Simon has announced plans to celebrate the 25th anniversary of his landmark album Graceland with a tour reuniting him with the musicians who played on the record. In an interview with Billboard, Simon says that he will be playing with the band who toured for the album in 1987, including the South African vocal group Ladysmith Black Mambazo. No specific details of the tour – timetable, venues – have been revealed as of yet.

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Simon performed with the band and Ladysmith Black Mambazo at a small gig in South Africa in July. The show was filmed for a DVD that will be included with the 25th anniversary box set edition of Graceland, which will be released sometime next year. The film will also be submitted to film festivals. "The documentary," Simon told Billboard, "took me back to the artistic aspects and the political aspects of making Graceland and the controversy that surrounded it and how it was resolved, plus what remains of it and what we learn from it."

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