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Simon and Garfunkel Considering Tour, Manager Confirms

February 19, 2009 5:25 PM ET

Last week Simon and Garfunkel reunited for three songs at New York's Beacon Theatre. Now the pair of singer-songwriters are talking about hitting the road. "Our plan to work together is coming together," Art Garfunkel told the BBC. "But it doesn't go through England this time."

Paul Simon's manager Jeff Kramer confirmed this in a statement to Rolling Stone: "Yes there have been conversations taking place, but nothing has been confirmed."

The duo launched a highly successful reunion in 2003, the Old Friends tour, that was their first outing in 20 years; the trek grossed $123 million. The tour's set list encompassed all of their 1960s hits in addition to a small handful of Paul Simon solo tracks such as "American Tune" and "Slip Slidin' Away." Their childhood heroes the Everly Brothers came out in the middle of each show for a brief set. At the time Simon revealed it was unlikely they'd tour again. "Because we do this every 10 or 12 years, this is probably the last time we're going to do this," he said.

Garfunkel told the BBC that reaction to the three songs the duo sang together in New York was "extraordinary." "I said to the audience, 'You don't have a right to expect — and we didn't expect — that the interest in us would last and you would still care right to today and I'm touched'."

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