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Paul Simon Announces Summer Tour to Support Earth Biodiversity

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At one point last year, it seemed all but certain that Paul Simon was ready to hang up his weathered Martin guitar and call it a career. Not so fast. According to Rolling Stone, Simon has announced a 17-date summer tour beginning June 1st in St. Augustine, Florida and ending in Denver, Colorado, on June 28th.

While some aging rock stars tap the summer festival circuit (or play residencies in Vegas) to line their pockets, Simon is clearly not in this one for the money: he’s donating the proceeds raised from this string of shows to the Half-Earth Project. Inspired by scientist E.O. Wilson and his Biodiversity Foundation, the project’s goal is to “devote half the surface of the Earth to nature.” Simon recently wrote in New York Times about discovering Wilson’s work and he has also talked at length about it in a recent interview with Mongabay.

For a complete list of show dates, click here. Below, watch a recent solo acoustic performance by Simon of the Simon & Garfunkel classic “Homeward Bound.”