Paul Simon's promise of hitting the stage for charity-only performances is coming to pass. The life-long Yankees fan will play a short set on Wednesday (June 19th) at the David Cone Foundation Fundraiser in Manhattan, commemorating the 20th anniversary of David Cone’s perfect game with the Yankees. According to the press releases, “Simon will be backed by a band of Yankees All-Stars including Bernie Williams, Paul O’Neill, and David “Boomer” Wells. Proceeds from the fundraiser go to the David Cone Foundation, which focuses on helping children in the Bronx and the Make A Wish Foundation, among other organizations.
Simon has also just announced two benefit concerts in Hawaii on August 13th and 14th at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center. The shows will raise money for the Auwahi Forest Restoration Project and Kua. Tickets go on sale this Saturday, June 22nd. Log on to MauiArts.org for more information.
Although Paul Simon calls on his life experiences for his material, he admitted that it sometimes it takes time to name and number whom he exactly is writing about: “Once I knew more about what I was writing, then I began to recognize the characters; 'Oh, that's this person in my life, that's this event, or this is somebody I know.' So in a sense the snapshot analogy is so. More like a movie than a snapshot, because they seem to be stories. Quite often the songs are stories.”