Paul Simon Kicks Off Summer Shows Tonight

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Paul Simon kicks off the first of his four-date summer shows tonight (August 9th) at Oakland, California's Fox Theatre. Tonight's "pop up" gig will serve as a warm-up for Sunday's (August 11th) performance at San Francisco's Outside Lands Festival. Simon has named the San Francisco Parks Alliance and Friends of the Urban Forest as the recipients of all net proceeds from his August 11th headlining set at the festival.

Following that, Simon is booked to play on August 13th and 14th in Maui, Hawaii at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center. Although he's retired from touring, Simon had said prior to launching his farewell trek last year that he intended to continue to sporadically perform and donate the proceeds to charity -- preferably those focused on the environment.

Paul Simon admits he has no regrets about his life -- and especially about his musical decisions: "I wouldn't change anything -- even the mistakes, because you never know what you're changing. Change it for what? Things turned out pretty well for me. I really can't complain about much. I'm really lucky that I really enjoy it, y'know, it's what I wanted to be when I was 12 and I've remained that person. In a lot of ways."

Coming later this year will be yet another new Paul Simon album. During his final tour last year, Simon offered fans a music folio, which served as a concert program that included a six-sing MP3 download of a half-dozen songs, which are culled from his upcoming rarities collection, titled Alternative Tunings.

No street date has been announced for the rarities set.