October 28, 2005

In a rare tour, Simon opts for intimate settings

By Jill Kipnis

LOS ANGELES (Billboard) - Carly Simon's first concert tour
in a decade will be more than just standard fare.

Even though the 10-date tour, which begins November 19 at
the Orpheum in Boston, will include many selections from her
recent standards album, "Moonlight Serenade" (Columbia), the
outing also will include some of her greatest hits and sets
with her children, Ben and Sally Taylor. Her son also will open
each show.

"This tour is going to be Carly with her band in very
intimate settings," says Gayle Holcomb, senior VP at the
William Morris Agency, who booked the outing. "Smaller venues
are appropriate for this feeling."

Stops include New York; Atlantic City, N.J.; and
Washington, D.C.

"We wanted to do a simple bus tour, so we chose markets
near the East Coast, where Carly lives, that we could easily do
over a few weeks," Simon's manager, Kerri Brusca, says. "We
hope to do more dates next year on the West Coast and other

Holcomb and Brusca expect attendance to expand beyond
Simon's typical 40-plus demographic because standards are
trendy -- a la Rod Stewart's "The Great American Songbook"
albums -- and Simon will continue to stay in the public eye
with the November 22 release of a new DVD.

"A Moonlight Serenade on the Queen Mary 2 Concert"
(Columbia) is culled from two shows recorded aboard the ocean
liner's transatlantic crossing in September. The material will
be condensed into a one-hour PBS TV special, which will run in
December in conjunction with the network's pledge drive.

Simon's "Moonlight Serenade" CD peaked at No. 7 on The
Billboard 200 and has sold 236,000 units, according to Nielsen

"I really think we will get all types of ages on the tour,
people from their 40s on up, but also younger people who are
going to find this new, and old, material just wonderful,"
Holcomb notes.

Though most of the dates are not yet on sale, venues are
already expecting that tickets will quickly become scarce, even
with prices nearing or exceeding $100.