Paul Simon Fun Facts, Quotes and Tweets

16th February 2015

Fact: Paul Simon flew 19 hours from Australia to be part of the Saturday Night Live 40th Anniversary Tv special in New York on Sunday (15Feb15).

24th September 2014

Fact: Paul Simon joined U.S. chat show host Conan O'Brien's George Harrison tribute week on Tuesday (24Sep14) when he performed the late Beatle's Here Comes The Sun and then joined O'Brien to chat about his old pal. Harrison superfan O'Brien opened his Harrison Week with a performance from Beck and he'll close the tributes with appearances by Norah Jones and the dead star's son Dhani.

19th September 2014

Fact: The Boxer singer Paul Simon will tackle The Bard onstage in Los Angeles after joining the cast of this year's (14) Simply Shakespeare event. The one-off reading of William Shakespeare's As You Like It, organised by Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson, will hit the Freud Playhouse next week (22Sep14) and will also feature William Shatner, Steve Carell and Martin Short. Proceeds will benefit the Shakespeare Center of Los Angeles.

23rd April 2014

Fact: Veteran singer/songwriter Paul Simon is set to be feted with the 2014 New York University Steinhardt Vision Award for his contribution to America's music heritage. The star will receive the honour after performing an intimate gig at the Big Apple's Beacon Theatre on 7 May (14).

7th November 2013

Quote: "He's been my neighbour for over 20 years. We got together and decided we would go out together and see what happened. 'Simon and Sting-funkel' is what we're gonna be called." Singer Sting jokes about the new name he and pal Paul Simon should take on when they embark on a North American tour next year (14).

12th June 2012

Quote: "It's a variant of Americana, a cross between the Carter Family and swamp." Paul Simon on his new duets album collaboration with his wife Edie Brickell.

9th April 2012

Fact: Paul Simon documentary Under African Skies will kick off the U.K.'s Sundance Film Festival. The film, which won a major award at the recent South By Southwest festival, will screen in London on 26 April (12).

29th April 2011

Quote: "One of my deficiencies is my voice sounds sincere. I've tried to sound ironic. I don't. I can't. (Bob) Dylan, everything he sings has two meanings. He's telling you the truth and making fun of you at the same time. I sound sincere every time." Paul Simon bemoans the sound of his voice.

29th April 2011

Quote: "I don't want to talk about Carrie... I don't dislike Carrie Fisher. I just don't want to get into it. She's a writer. She's entitled to her life and to write about it as she wishes (but) I see Eminem out there talking about his family and his kids, and I think 10 or 15 years from now he'll regret it." Paul Simon has no plans to talk about his failed marriage to actress Fisher.

4th March 2011

Fact: Veteran rocker Paul Simon's new album, So Beautiful or So What, will feature liner notes from Elvis Costello.

18th February 2009

Fact: Reggae star Ziggy Marley has recruited Paul Simon, Jack Johnson and Willie Nelson to collaborate on his first children's album FAMILY TIME. Bob Marley's eldest son has also enlisted his mother RITA as well as actress Jamie Lee Curtis, who will narrate two stories on the CD, due in May (09).

16th January 2009

Fact: New York's famed Beacon Theatre - used by director Martin Scorsese for his 2008 Rolling Stones concert film SHINE A LIGHT - will be reopened with a pair of gigs by Paul Simon next month (13/14Feb09) following its $15 million (GBP10.3 million) renovation.

6th November 2006

Quote: "I can't stand the sixties. The forties and fifties, yes, but there's nothing from the sixties I value." Paul Simon slams the decade that made him a star.

9th May 2006

Quote: "It's like Ecstasy. I'm sure something's going on in my brain, that some chemical is flooding my brain. And my brain says, 'Well, when are we gonna do this again?'" Paul Simon loved writing songs for his latest album SURPRISE.

29th April 2006

Fact: Singer Paul Simon is set for a rare live performance on Saturday Night Live on 27 May (06). Simon will appear on the show, which will be hosted by former SEINFELD star Julia Louis-Dreyfus, who was a member of the SNL cast from 1982 until 1985.

7th September 2005

Quote: <p>"We've known about all of this for a long time - we've known that Louisiana was at risk from flooding, we knew that New York was at risk from a terrorist attack, we know that the San Andreas Fault exists." Paul Simon is puzzled why American leaders aren't more pro-active. </p>

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