Singer-songwriter Paul Simon says a nearly normal life is necessary for his music. And for the next few months, a nearly normal life will be living out of a suitcase.

"Obviously, if you get into really intense stardom, where you can't walk down the street, the work becomes bizarre," Simon said before the Friday opening of his "Born at the Right Time" tour at the Tacoma Dome in Tacoma, Wash."For a writer, I think of it as a very dangerous situation. I don't want it," he said. "It would make my life strange, and all I would be able to write about is what is strange."

The 40-date tour is Simon's first since 1987. The show includes a 17-piece band, including African and Brazilian musicians.

Simon says the show includes songs from throughout his 25-year career, including some he recorded with Art Garfunkel.