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One plus one is without equal when musical giants share stage

Who says Salt Lake City's not on the musical map?

Two of rock's masters of poetry -- Paul Simon and Bob Dylan -- will bring their tour of one-night stands to the Delta Center on Wednesday, June 9.The show will begin at 7:30 p.m. Tickets ranging from $50-$90 are still available at all Smith'sTix outlets or by calling 467-TIXX or 1-800-888TIXX.

Salt Lake City is the third stop on the tour, which will begin Sunday, June 6, in Colorado Springs, Colo.

This is the first time Dylan and Simon have toured together -- or even shared a stage -- although they both got their musical starts in New York's Greenwich Village.

And though fans of both singers have had some reservations about the union -- as read on a handful of Web site chats -- Simon and Dylan seem to be happy and excited about the tour.

"I was right away excited about doing this," Dylan told USA Today.

In the same story, Simon echoed the sentiment: "It appealed to me immediately."

The two singers will alternate opening slots. Each will play for 75 minutes, and they'll end the show together with a 30-minute encore.

Simon's most recent tour, which supported his "Rhythm of the Saints" album, was completed in 1993. Then, "Rhymin' Simon" dabbled in musical theater in 1997.

The much-hyped, disappointing musical, "Capeman," was Simon's bid for Broadway. The story was inspired by a New York gang murder in 1959. The young murderer, then 16, however, was rehabilitated after serving 20 years in prison.

Although "Capeman" closed after a single week's run, Simon's fame flame didn't flicker.

Simon started out singing songs with Art Garfunkel, as the duo Tom & Jerry. Then, as Simon & Garfunkel, performing songs written by Simon, they had a string of hit recordings, culminating with the Grammy-winning "Bridge Over Troubled Water" album in 1970.

As a soloist, Simon went on to win two album-of-the-year Grammy Awards, for "Still Crazy After All These Years" (1975) and "Graceland" (1986).

Simon's solo hits -- maintaining his revered songwriting status -- include such hits as the "50 Ways to Leave Your Lover," "Kodachrome," "You Can Call Me Al," "Late in the Evening," "Slip Slidin' Away" and "Loves Me Like a Rock," just to name a few.

Unlike Simon, Dylan has toured constantly. In fact, his teaming with Simon came two months after he wrapped up a solo tour in Spain.

The singer/songwriter -- born Robert Zimmerman -- adopted his stage name from the poet, Dylan Thomas.

While his highest-ranking single, "Like a Rolling Stone," peaked at No. 2 in 1965, he garnered his third No. 1 album in 1976: "Desire" spent five weeks in the top slot. His other No. 1 hits -- "Planet Waves" and "Blood on the Tracks" held for four weeks and two weeks, respectively.

Dylan, however, has had a new boost in popularity with his 1997 album, "Time Out of Mind," which debuted in the Top 10.

The songwriter's career began in '60s folk clubs, a shifted into a full electric breakthrough live performance at the Newport Folk Festival in 1965. He joined ex-Beatle George Harrison, Tom Petty, Roy Orbison and Electric Light Orchestra's Jeff Lynne to form the Traveling Wilburys in 1988. (Dylan used the aliases "Lucky" and "Boo.")

A recent memorable image of Dylan occurred at the 1997 Grammys. He was in the middle of performing "Love Sick" when Michael Portnoy, who scrawled "Soy Bomb" on his chest, jumped on stage and contorted to the rocking strains.