Saturday, June 15, 2024

Paul Simon Taking “Christmas” to Colbert Report Tomorrow


Paul Simon--who I think dreads reading his name in gossip columns but listen–we have to promote what he’s doing. Paul tells me he’s going to play his holiday song, “Getting Ready for Christmas Day,” on the Colbert Report tomorrow.

“It’s the first time I’ll play it live,” he told matchbox twenty’s Rob Thomas, me, and a couple of other people the other night at the Paul McCartney Apollo show after party.

You can see the video for “Getting Ready for Christmas Day” here:

Simon’s new album-called “So Beautiful, So What”– will be released sometime in February or March, an occasion worth celebrating. I’m told–not by him–that he’s already booked on “Saturday Night Live” for late spring.

Until then, I suggest downloading or buying Simon’s last album, called “Surprise.” Warner Bros. bungled it, but it was the best album of 2007. Rob Thomas, upon meeting Simon the other night, quoted the lyrics back to him of “How Do You Live in the Northeast?” Simon was duly impressed. It’s a great song, and one of many on that CD.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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