Paul Simon to play Billings on June 20
Iconic singer songwriter Paul Simon is performing his first Montana show on Tuesday, June 20 in Billings at Rimrock Auto Arena at MetraPark.
Tickets are $65 and $85 and go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday, March 17, at the MetraPark box office, by phone at 406-256-2400 or online at metrapark.com.
Simon continues to combine his sly humor and strong sense of rhythm in his latest album, “Stranger to Stranger,” which was released in June 2016 to strong reviews. But it was his collaboration with Art Garfunkel as Simon & Garfunkel that generated three of his most well loved hits, “Bridge Over Troubled Water,” “The Sound of Silence” and “Mrs. Robinson.” The duo split in 1970 at the height of their popularity.
Simon has been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame twice, once as a solo artist and as part of Simon & Garfunkel. At 75, Simon continues to play shows around the world, performing on recent tours with Sting and Billy Joel.
His influence and commercial success are unparalleled in the music industry. Not only was he one of the top folk and pop songwriters of all time, Simon also co-wrote the Broadway musical, “The Capeman,” in 1998, and wrote and starred int the film, “One Trick Pony,” in 1980.
In 1986, Simon released his most popular album, “Graceland,” which was inspired by South African music. It sold 14 million copies.
His first foray into world music was the Jamaican-inspired “Mother and Child Reunion” in 1972. Other hits include “Me and Julio Down by the Schoolyard,” “Kodachrome,” “Still Crazy After All These Years” and “50 Ways to Leave Your Lover,” which hit No. 1 on Billboard in 1976.