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News on Simon & Garfunkel, R.E.M., Ween

SimonAlthough details were scant at deadline, Simon & Garfunkel are eyeing a Nov. 23 release for a DVD and deluxe CD chronicling their wildly successful Old Friends reunion tour. The sets will be issued by Warner Bros., which previously released Simon & Garfunkel's landmark 1981 "Concert in Central Park."

The Old Friends tour ended in Rome on July 31; no announcement has been made regarding the possibility of future dates. Paul Simon is at work on his next solo album with producer Brian Eno and will, as previously reported, perform Monday (Oct. 4) at the ACLU-sponsored Freedom Concert at New York's Avery Fisher Hall.

-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.

2005 tour schedule continues to grow with the addition of 11 dates in Japan, New Zealand and Australia. The run begins March 15 in Tokyo and wraps April 8 in Perth, Australia. Tickets for some of the gigs go on sale Oct. 14.

Beginning Oct. 1 as part of the Vote for Change tour in Philadelphia, R.E.M. already has 81 dates on tap in support of its new Warner Bros. album, "Around the Sun," due Tuesday via Warner Bros. First single "Leaving New York" topped out at No. 24 on Billboard's Hot Digital Tracks chart.

Here are R.E.M.'s new tour dates:

March 15: Tokyo (Budokan)
March 17: Nagoya, Pajan (Geijyutsu Gekijyo)
March 18: Osaka, Japan (Grand Cube)
March 20: Hong Kong (Wanchai)
March 25: Christchurch, New Zealand (Westpac)
March 26: New Plymouth, New Zealand (Bowl of Brooklands)
March 29: Brisbane, Australia (Entertainment Centre)
March 31: Sydney (Entertainment Centre)
April 3: Melbourne (Rod Laver Arena)
April 6: Adelaide, Australia (Entertainment Centre)
April 8: Perth, Australia (Burswood Dome)

-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.

WeenWeen has tacked on additional dates to its
fall North American tour, with a new leg scheduled to begin Oct. 31 with a Halloween show in Boulder, Colo., and wrap Nov. 10 in Bloomington, Ind. The seven-date first leg runs from Oct. 8 in Girdwood, Alaska, to Oct. 17 in San Diego.

In the meantime, a post on the band's official Web site reveals, "We have slowly started to prepare to begin thinking about talking about working on the new album and are very excited by the prospect of the talks. We've basically written and recorded a few songs and are moving forward on the record at our typically slow pace." The next installment in the group's self-released live series is also in the planning stages.

Here are Ween's new tour dates:

Oct. 31-Nov. 1: Boulder, Colo. (Boulder Theatre)
Nov. 3: Tulsa, Okla. (Cain's Ballroom)
Nov. 4: Lawrence, Kan. (Liberty Hall)
Nov. 5: Omaha, Neb. (Sokol Auditorium)
Nov. 7: Des Moines, Iowa (Val Air Ballroom)
Nov. 8: Madison, Wis. (Orpheum Theater)
Nov. 9: Cincinnati (Bogart's)
Nov. 10: Bloomington, Ind. (Axis)

-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.