Carly Simon bounces back with homemade hits album

Mon Nov 2, 2009 4:25pm EST
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By Dean Goodman

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Carly Simon rarely performs concerts, due to a toxic combination of stage fright and fear of flying.

Fans who really want to hear the singer/songwriter dust off "You're So Vain" or "Anticipation" might be advised to go under the knife.

For Simon's boyfriend is a laparoscopic surgeon in Plymouth, Mass., and she occasionally accompanies him to the operating room where she soothes nervous patients by singing to them. Sporting scrubs and surgical mask, she even takes requests.

"One of them asked for 'Haven't Got Time for the Pain,'" Simon said in a recent interview, referencing a 1974 hit.

"I told them how much fun it was, and that I was going to be holding their hand when they woke up too. And then I watched the surgery and everybody thought that I was going to be grossed out and have to be taken from the room on a stretcher. I wasn't at all. I was fascinated by it."

Simon, 64, plans to swap such sterile surroundings for concert halls early next year, when she tours Europe for the first time in her career. The trek will help her promote her new album, "Never Been Gone." Her camp denies the trek is motivated by financial hardship linked to a recent lawsuit Simon filed against Starbucks Corp.


The coffee retailer scaled back its involvement in the music industry last year, just days before its Hear Music label released Simon's Brazilian-themed album "This Kind of Love."   Continued...

<p>Singer Carly Simon in an undated publicity photo. REUTERS/Amanda Borland/Handout</p>