Billboard Bits: Simon & Garfunkel, D.O. Cannon, Ted Leo

News on Simon & Garfunkel, D.O. Cannon, Ted Leo

SimonAs first tipped here in June, Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel will on Tuesday (Sept. 8) announce their first tour since 1994. It appears that the trek will play North American arenas this fall, as Garfunkel is due to begin a string of solo dates Jan. 31 in Boston. A source says Simon's next Warner Bros. studio album is being targeted for a spring 2004 release but that the timetable may change.

The famed folk/pop duo planted the seeds for a reunion earlier this year when they performed "The Sounds of Silence" at the Grammys. At the time, both parties insisted no plans for a tour were in the works.

-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.

CannonRapper D.O. Cannon, who was signed to Murder Inc. Records, was shot to death last night (Sept. 4) in Queens, N.Y., according to reports. The 26-year-old Cannon, whose real name was Gerard Fields, appeared on a number of tracks on the 2002 compilation "Irv Gotti Presents ... The Remixes."

Police are said to be investigating whether the shooting is connected to an alleged feud between Murder Inc. and Eminem's Shady Records. Murder Inc. is already under investigation for alleged ties to drug dealers and money laundering. A label spokesperson did not return a call seeking comment.

-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.

TedNew Jersey-based singer/songwriter Ted Leo pays tribute to the Jam, Ewan McColl and Split Enz on a new eight-track EP, "Tell Balgeary, Balgury Is Dead," due Oct. 7 from Lookout! Records. Led by the track of that name from "Hearts of Oak" -- Leo's latest album with his band the Pharmacists -- the EP will also feature three new original songs and a solo version of album track "The High Party."

In addition to new songs "The Sword in the Stone," "Bleeding Powers" and "Loyal to My Sorrowful Country," Leo tackles the Jam's "Ghosts," Split Enz' "Six Months in a Leaky Boat" and McColl's "Dirty Old Town," which was popularized by the Pogues.

The majority of the EP's songs are performed solo, aligning the disc with Leo's September North American tour, which he is undertaking as a solo electric guitarist. Dates start Sunday (Sept. 7) in Easthampton, Mass. and run through Oct. 5 in San Francisco. Visit Leo's
official Web site for a complete list of dates and more information.

-- Troy Carpenter, N.Y.