Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel confirmed long-building rumors that they will tour together this fall for the first time in nine years. The classic folk-rock duo, who've performed together only occasionally since their 1970 breakup, announced the tour Tuesday at New York's Bottom Line nightclub, sealing the deal with a live rendition of their hit ''The Boxer,'' CNN reports. Simon added that, because of their advancing ages (they're both 61), and ''because we tend to [go on tour] every ten to twelve years, I think this is probably going to be the last time that we're going to do this.''
A reunion tour has been rumored ever since the duo performed ''The Sounds of Silence'' to open the Grammy ceremony in February. ''There has been a deep, buried affection for the last decade or so, and it was the Grammys that forced it out of burial," Garfunkel said. The tour will start Oct. 18 in Auburn Hills, Mich., and visit about 30 cities through mid-December, with tickets going on sale Sept. 15, the pair's publicist announced. Coinciding with the tour will be the release on Oct. 14 of ''The Essential Simon & Garfunkel,'' a two-disc, 32-song set from Columbia Records, Billboard reports.
Dubbed after one of their '60s hits, the tour will be called the ''Old Friends'' tour. At the press conference, Simon noted the irony of the name, given the often frosty relationship between the pair. ''We've known each other since the age of eleven,'' he said. Of their current reconciliation, he said: ''Forgive, forget, move on. It's not like you live forever in life.''
Dates and venues will be announced for Simon & Garfunkel performances in the cities listed below:
Auburn Hills, Mich.
St. Paul, Minn.
San Jose, Calif.
Atlantic City, N.J.
East Rutherford, N.J.