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Paul Simon confirmed for Hard Rock Calling 2012

Paul Simon

Story by Jack Foley

PAUL Simon will headline Hard Rock Calling 2012 on Sunday, July 15, 2012, in London’s Hyde Park.

The evening will include a special performance of Graceland, featuring Ladysmith Black Mambazo, in addition to songs spanning his illustrious career.

Alison Krauss & Union Station featuring Jerry Douglas are also confirmed for Sunday, July 15, while Lady Antebellum and John Fogerty join headliner Bruce Springsteen on Saturday, July 14, in what promises to be one of the biggest weekends in the music calendar.

Graceland is one of the most influential albums of the last three decades, and as part of its 25th anniversary celebrations, Paul Simon will be performing the album in its entirety at Hard Rock Calling 2012.

He will be joined on stage by Jimmy Cliff on songs including Harder They Come and Too Many Rivers To Cross, before Ladysmith Black Mambazo take to the stage for a Graceland reunion, a UK first since 1987.

Also announced for Sunday, July 15, is Alison Krauss & Union Station featuring Jerry Douglas. Grammy Award-winning Alison Krauss has sold in excess of 12 million albums, including the smash hit release with Robert Plant, Raising Sand.

Hamish Dodds, President and CEO of Hard Rock International, commented: “Paul Simon’s Graceland is considered to be one of the greatest of albums of all time. We look forward to welcoming Paul Simon to the Hard Rock Calling 2012 stage and celebrating Graceland’s 25th Anniversary.”

Hard Rock Calling takes place from July 13-15, 2012.

Tickets go on sale at 9am on Friday, March 23 and are priced at £55 plus booking fee.