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Paul Simon to Briefly Come Out of Retirement to Headline Outside Lands Festival

Paul Simon retired from touring last year, but he is returning to the stage for a good cause later this year. The singer-songwriter is set to headline San Francisco’s Outside Lands Festival this August, and will be donating the net proceeds from his entire appearance fee to local environmental non-profit organizations.

Simon will close out the festival on Sunday, Aug. 11. Simon previously mentioned that he would remain open to performing charity concerts despite his retirement, but this is his first concert since his Homeward Bound tour wrapped in September 2018.

“I’m looking forward with great anticipation to playing at Golden Gate Park this summer. This will be my first appearance there, and it’s an honor to join the long line of musicians who’ve given the park its sanctified musical heritage,” Simon said in a statement.

“I’m equally pleased to be playing in San Francisco with its well-deserved reputation for being in the forefront of environmental issues. I’m grateful for the opportunity to be of service to this vital cause.”

The full lineup will be revealed on March 26. For ticket information and updates on the festival, visit the official website.

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Article image: Paul Simon playing at the 9:30 Club in Washington, D.C. in 2011. (Matthew Straubmuller (imatty35) [CC BY 2.0] via Wikimedia Commons.)

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