first_imgPaul Simon recently announced that he will embark on his final tour this spring. The legendary singer-songwriter will cap off his 50+ year touring career with Homeward Bound — The Farewell Tour, a 30+ date international outing, hitting the United States, Canada, and Europe. Today, Paul Simon announced the final batch of dates for the Homeward Bound – Farewell Tour that will culminate with three shows in the New York City area.The extended stay in NYC is a fitting way to close the Homeward Bound – Farewell Tour, considering Simon played some of the most important shows of his career in the Big Apple, including the famed 1981 Concert in Central Park. On September 20 & 21, Paul Simon will take over Madison Square Garden. Then, on September 22, Simon has a final show TBA, though fans are speculating it will appropriately take place in Central Park as part of the annual Global Citizen Festival.In addition to the NYC dates, Paul Simon also added shows at New Orleans’ Smoothie King Center, Tampa’s Amalie Arena, Fort Lauderdale’s BB&T Center, Orlando’s Amway Center, Atlanta’s Cellairis Amphitheatre, Washington, DC’s Capital One Arena, Newark’s Prudential Center (his hometown), and Pittsburgh’s PPG Paints Arena.Last month, Simon released a statement on his retirement that reads:I’ve often wondered what it would feel like to reach the point where I’d consider bringing my performing career to a natural end. Now I know: it feels a little unsettling, a touch exhilarating, and something of a relief.I love making music, my voice is still strong, and my band is a tight, extraordinary group of gifted musicians. I think about music constantly. Sadly, we lost our lead guitarist and my friend of 30 years, VincentN’guini, who died last December. His loss is not the only reason I’ve decided to stop touring, but it is a contributing factor. Mostly, though, I feel the travel and time away from my wife and family takes a toll that detracts from the joy of playing. I’d like to leave with a big Thank You to the many folks around the world who’ve come out to watch me play over the last 50 years.After this coming tour, I anticipate doing the occasional performance in a (hopefully) acoustically pristine hall, and to donate those earnings to various philanthropic organizations, particularly those whose objective is to save the planet, ecologically.Once again, I am very grateful for a fulfilling career and, of course, most of all to the audiences who heard something in my music that touched their hearts.For more information on tickets for Homeward Bound – The Farewell Tour, head to Paul Simon’s website.Homeward Bound — The Farewell Tour (new dates in bold):May 16 Vancouver, BC @ Rogers ArenaMay 18 Seattle, WA @ Key ArenaMay 19 Portland, OR @ MODA CenterMay 22 Los Angeles, CA @ Hollywood BowlMay 23 Los Angeles, CA @ Hollywood BowlMay 25 Oakland, CA @ Oracle ArenaMay 27 Las Vegas, NV @ MGM Grand Garden ArenaMay 30 Denver, CO @ Fiddler’s GreenJune 1 Dallas, TX @ American Airlines ArenaJune 2 Houston, TX @ Toyota CenterJune 4 Austin, TX @ Frank Erwin CenterJune 6 Chicago, IL @ United CenterJune 8 St. Paul, MN @ Xcel Energy CenterJune 10 Detroit, MI @ DTE Energy CenterJune 12 Toronto, ON @ Air Canada CentreJune 13 Montreal, QC @ Bell CentreJune 15 Boston, MA @ TD GardenJune 16 Philadelphia, PA @ Wells Fargo CenterJune 19 Greensboro, NC @ Greensboro ColiseumJune 20 Nashville, TN @ Bridgestone ArenaJune 30 Stockholm, Sweden @ Ericcson GlobeJuly 1 Oslo, Norway @ SpectrumJuly 3 Copenhagen, Denmark @ Royal ArenaJuly 5 Antwerp, Belgium @ SporpaleisJuly 7 Amsterdam, Holland @ Ziggo DomeJuly 10 Manchester, UK @ Manchester ArenaJuly 11 Glasgow, UK @ SSE HydroJuly 13 Dublin, Ireland @ RDS ArenaJust 15 London, [email protected] Hyde Park (BST Festival)Sept 5 – New Orleans, LA – Smoothie King CenterSept 7 – Tampa, FL – Amalie ArenaSept 8 – Ft. Lauderdale, FL – BB&T CenterSept 11 – Orlando, FL – Amway CenterSept 12 – Atlanta, GA – Cellairis AmphitheatreSept 14 – Washington, DC – Capital One ArenaSept 15 – Newark, NJ – Prudential CenterSept 17 – Pittsburgh, PA – PPG Paints ArenaSept 20 – New York, NY – Madison Square GardenSept 21 – New York, NY – Madison Square GardenSept 22 – New York, NY – TBAlast_img read more

first_img Published on October 11, 2012 at 1:07 am Contact Ryan: [email protected] The Syracuse women’s ice hockey team won just a single conference game last season. But the Orange’s opponent this weekend has yet to ever play a conference game.This week will be the first home game for women’s ice hockey in the history of the Penn State program. For SU, it presents an opportunity to correct a College Hockey America record that cannot be called anything but a disappointment.“This is huge,” sophomore center Allie LaCombe said. “This is like the first opportunity to show our division that we’re not just going to be another fourth-ranked team. We can show them that we’re a lot better this year, and we’re going to lead the CHA and hopefully come out on top.”While these games, as their first division games of the season, are important for Syracuse, this will be a big deal on Penn State’s campus as well. The Nittany Lions already have a sellout crowd for their first home game in Penn State history, and they also have a ceremonial puck drop planned. The first game is Saturday at 4 p.m., with the conclusion of the weekend road trip starting Sunday at 2 p.m.Head coach Paul Flanagan believes the pregame festivities may actually play in Syracuse’s favor.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“It’s their very first women’s game on campus,” Flanagan said. “They talked to me already about a ceremonial puck drop and some of the other distractions really for their team.”Most of Penn State’s roster is made of young players and transfer students. To compensate for the relative inexperience, Penn State is expected to focus on running a pack-it-in defense. This involves the Nittany Lions clustering in front of the net more, a technique usually implemented by less experienced teams.Penn State’s game plan is the equivalent of a prevent defense in football.Flanagan expects Penn State to run that system and has his team preparing for it.“They play kind of a defensive system where they pack it in. It’s kind of a ploy that a team that is at a disadvantage a little bit in terms of having a young team,” Flanagan said. “We have to make sure we’re not pumping shots into their bodies and sticks aren’t in shooting lanes. We’ve got to make sure we get shots through and outnumber them or outmuscle them down low for rebounds.”The Orange heads into the game with its third-leading scorer from last season injured, center Shiann Darkangelo. While there is a possibility that she will be able to go this weekend, she will wear a cast, limiting what she can do on the ice.Senior captain Holly Carrie-Mattimoe said her team will need to step up on the offensive end this week without Darkangelo at full ability.Syracuse believes this team is much improved over last year’s squad, but the Orange has yet to pick up a win to show for it.With a new opponent this weekend, LaCombe said it will be huge to be mentally focused for these two games.“Honestly our team is way ahead of where we were last year,” LaCombe said. “We didn’t even end off this good. We are starting at a very good position, but now it’s just getting the mental part, getting ready to play with a long bus ride, and against a new team. Get the jitters out and just play.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more