Towards the end of February, legendary musician Paul Simon announced an extensive North American tour scheduled to kick off on May 3 in at Fox Theater in Atlanta.
The tour will start after his April 29 appearance at the New Orleans Jazz Fest, where he will share the stage with big names like Stevie Wonder and Pearl Jam. A total of 34 dates are scheduled for the North American run, which is set to wrap up on June 30 in Queens, New York. Although Simon toured for numerous co-headlining shows with Sting in 2014, the 74-year-old musician hasn't toured on his own in the U.S. since 2011, and so Paul Simon tickets on the secondary market are expensive for good reason.
The summer headlining tour is in support of Simon's forthcoming new record, Stranger to Stranger, which is scheduled to be released this spring. The tour will hit a handful of major venues across the country, including Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles and Mann Center for the Performing Arts in Philadelphia. The final stop of the tour, a show at the newly reopened Forest Hills Tennis Stadium will double as both a hometown show and a historic return, as it's been 46 years since Simon has played the venue.
As it stands, tickets across all of the scheduled summer dates for Paul Simon are averaging $230, with the biggest draw in Austin, Texas, where back-to-back nights at the 3,000-capacity Bass Concert Hall in May are averaging $653, with the cheapest ticket available for $475. The second most expensive stop for Simon is his May 26 show in Vancouver at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre. Tickets for that night are averaging $363, with the cheapest ticket priced at $214.
To compare, the cheapest stop on Simon's tour is his May 25 stop at Philadelphia's Mann Center for the Performing Arts, where tickets are averaging just $178, with the cheapest ticket priced at an affordable $47, according to data provided by ticket aggregator TiqIQ. Tickets for Paul Simon's 2014 run co-headlining run with Sting averaged $240 on the secondary market, with the most expensive tickets coming from New York City's Madison Square Garden, where tickets averaged $372, with the cheapest ticket priced at $67.
Recently, Paul Simon was included in legendary folk singer-songwriter Joan Baez's celebratory 75th birthday concert at New York City's Beacon Theatre on January 27. For that show, tickets averaged a very pricey $668 on the resale market, with the cheapest ticket available for $356.
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