Carly Simon planning first ever shows in Europe

Thu Oct 8, 2009 7:46pm EDT
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By Dean Goodman

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - "Anticipation," indeed.

Singer/songwriter Carly Simon is planning to play concert dates in Europe early next year for the first time in her 38-year career, she told Reuters on Thursday.

Times and places are still being worked out, but she expects to perform at small venues beginning in January, to promote her upcoming acoustic album "Never Been Gone."

"I'm going to do what Elvis should have done," Simon said, referring to the King of Rock 'n' Roll's noted failure to perform across the Atlantic.

"I like to play small places, because I'm much better in an intimate setting than I am in a large hall where I can't see everybody. I really like to see the people that I'm singing to."

Simon, 64, has largely eschewed public performances, thanks to a ruinous combination of stage fright and fear of flying.

To coincide with the album's October 27 release in the United States, she plans to leave her home on the island of Martha's Vineyard, off the coast of Boston, to perform in New York on both ABC's "Good Morning America" and NBC's "Today."

Appearances on CBS "Late Show With David Letterman" -- "when he gets himself together" -- and Comedy Central's "The Colbert Report" are also on the cards. A swing among the West Coast talk shows will depend on whether there's "energy" around the record, she said.   Continued...

<p>Singer Carly Simon performs at the Orpheum Theater in Boston, Massachusetts, November 19, 2005. REUTERS/Brian Snyder</p>