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Just received a much appreciated message from our good friend Willie Nile. He’s on his way to Europe! He’ll be in Italy playing 12 or 13 shows from July 14th to July 28th. Willie will have his full electric band there for this tour. There will be 3 shows in Spain Aug 19, 20, 21.
The Europe tour follows a gala evening performance in New York. SummerStage is one of New York’s premier concert series every summer. The concert at Rumsey Playfield in Central Park, was a gala for the City Parks Foundation. Willie tells us it was a huge success. “They raised a lot of money. This concert featured 30 artists doing 15 Simon and Garfunkel songs”. Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and Art Garfunkel addressed the audience. Paul Simon was in attendance as well. Some of the artists on the Central Park bill were, Shawn Colvin, Paula Cole, Joan Osborne, Loudon Wainwright, Jorma Kaukonen, Marc Cohn, Jill Sobule, The Holmes Brothers, and the lead singer of Death Cab For Cutie, one of The Raconteurs, and many more. Duets were performed by Ricky Skaggs and Joan Osborne, Jill Sobule and Livingston Taylor, John Forté and Valerie June and – Willie and Alejandro Escovedo closed the show singing The Boxer. (Photo: Variety, 9 June 2010) Then everyone came on stage and everybody sang Bridge Over Troubled Water.
Willie tells us, ”After we came off the stage, the head of the Parks dept who oversees all the shows came up to me and said, “Paul loved what you just did and wants to meet you.” He took me over to meet Paul and we spoke for ten minutes while 20 photographers took hundred of flash photos. It was surreal but great to meet him. I’m happy he liked what we did”.
From Amazon.com http://www.amazon.com/House-Thousand-Guitars-Willie-Nile/dp/B001TD1XW6 “Willie Nile s new album, House Of A Thousand Guitars, is the realization and fulfillment of all the promise that had been predicted by many since his debut album years ago. From all-out rockers with meat on the bone like the title track and Doomsday Dance, to the chilling portrait of wars aftermath in Now That The War is Over, to the heartbreaking beauty of Her Love Falls Like Rain and Touch Me, Willie Nile has clearly made the best album of his career”.