Performing the Groundbreaking Album ‘Graceland’ in its Entiretyon Sunday 15 July in Hyde ParkAlison Krauss & Union Station featuring Jerry Douglas also confirmed for Sunday 15 JulyLady Antebellum and John Fogerty confirmed for Saturday 14 July Tickets on sale 9am on 23 March 2012Available at www.hardrockcalling.co.uk
Hard Rock International and Live Nation confirmed today that Paul Simon will headline Hard Rock Calling 2012 on Sunday 15 July 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 15 July, while Lady Antebellum and John Fogerty join headliner Bruce Springsteen on Saturday 14 July 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 15 July 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. They will perform songs from new album ‘Paper Airplane’, and her breathtaking live performances should not be missed.
09.19: On this day in 1981, Simon and Garfunkel reunited for a concert in New York’s Central Park. It was their first appearance together on stage in 11 years. Just in case you weren't there, don't remember, or have no clue as to exactly how popular these guys were, 750,000 people attended this concert. Three quarters of a million people! Listening to "Mrs. Robinson," "Slip Slidin' Away," and "The Sounds of Silence"! What a strange, strange world we do inhabit.
09.20: On this day in 1973, Jim Croce died in a plane crash, another young casualty on the road of fallen musicians. Croce's working man storyteller style hit a chord in the early '70s, along with his smooth, honest voice, driving "Bad Bad Leroy Brown" and, posthumously, "Time In A Bottle" to the top of the charts.