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Paul Simon to play at Spokane Arena on June 23

UPDATED: Mon., March 13, 2017

Musician Paul Simon, shown in a 2015 photo, will visit the Spokane Arena on Friday, June 23. (Evan Agostini / Invision/AP)
Musician Paul Simon, shown in a 2015 photo, will visit the Spokane Arena on Friday, June 23. (Evan Agostini / Invision/AP)

Legendary singer-songwriter Paul Simon is coming to Spokane in June.

Simon, who has more than a dozen Grammy Awards and a ton of other honors, is hitting town on June 23 as part of a Western tour of smaller communities. He’s in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, Billings and Missoula before heading to Spokane, then hits Bend, Oregon and Lake Tahoe on his way to a gig at Red Rocks in Denver.

The concert marks what appears to be his first appearance in Spokane, at least according to newspaper archives. He last came through Eastern Washington in 1999 for a date at the Gorge Amphitheatre in George with Bob Dylan.

Simon has recorded some of the most beloved music in the past six decades. With former duo partner Art Garfunkel, he created songs such as “Bridge Over Troubled Water,” “The Sound of Silence” and “Mrs. Robinson.”

As a solo artist, his hits include “Kodachrome,” “Slip Slidin’ Away,” “The Obvious Child” and “Late In the Evening.”

His monumental 1986 album “Graceland” often is cited as one of the 10 best albums of the decade. It helped introduce millions of listeners to African music – South African music in particular. The singles from it include the title track as well as “The Boy in the Bubble,” “You Can Call Me Al,” “Diamonds on the Soles of Her Shoes” and “Under African Skies.”

His latest album, 2016’s “Stranger to Stranger” was well received critically and commercially – it debuted at No. 3 on Billboard’s Top 200 album chart (his highest debut ever) and hit No. 1 in the U.K.

Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday through TicketsWest. Prices are $65 and $85.

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