June 18, 2003 03:25 PM

Are some old friends going on a road trip?

That’s the latest word regarding Simon and Garfunkel, who, after a rousing reunion at this year’s Grammy Awards, may embark on a tour of large concert arenas starting this fall, Billboard.com reports.

The music publication calls the talks “initial explorations,” after Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel stepped onstage at the New York Grammy ceremony for a rendition of “Sounds of Silence,” their first performance together since their smash “Concert Event of a Lifetime” tour in early 1994.

At the time, both Simon, 60, and Garfunkel, 61, had stated through their reps that no other collaborations or tour plans were being prepared.

“Despite speculation that there is a reunion tour in the works, there have been no discussions — either with their respective managers or with Paul and Art themselves — about a tour,” said a statement issued days before the Feb. 23 Grammys.

Billboard.com reports that there would be the matter of scheduling such a reunion, given that Garfunkel has solo dates booked through mid-November, while Simon is said to be working on a new album for Warner Bros. (which, like PEOPLE, is part of AOL Time Warner).

Meanwhile, S&G’s classic 1970 “Bridge Over Troubled Water” is once again a hit, after it was recorded by “American Idol” runner-up Clay Aiken, 25, on the B-side of his RCA single “This Is the Night.” It’s expected to debut at No. 1 on this week’s Billboard sales chart.

And in other music news, LeAnn Rimes has recorded the debut single for the “Legally Blonde 2: Red, White & Blonde” soundtrack. Diane Warren wrote the song, titled “We Can.”

“‘We Can’ is a testament to the power of working for a common goal,” Rimes, 20, said in a statement, adding, “We blondes have to stick together.”

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