Paul Simon Plays British Summer Hyde Park 2018 Show -
Paul Simon, Rod Laver Arena, 2013, Ros O'Gorman, Photo

Paul Simon, Rod Laver Arena, 2013, Ros O'Gorman, Photo

Paul Simon Plays British Summer Hyde Park 2018 Show

by on July 16, 2018

in News

After six amazing days of music spanning from pop megastars in Bruno Mars to rock royalty The Cure, the final show of this year’s British Summer Time Hyde Park was headlined by the great Paul Simon – performing the farewell date of his last tour, ‘The Farewell Performance’ (outside of North America).

The anticipation in the crowd was palpable. After an epic seven-decade career, Paul Simon was soon to play the last show in his farewell tour to a packed-out Hyde Park. The shaded figure marched onto the stage and struck the opening chords of “America” – one of the many iconic hits from Simon & Garfunkel.

Simon and his note-perfect band proceeded to play an inspiring 26-track set, ranging fromGraceland’s “The Boy In The Bubble” and “Diamonds On The Sole Of Her Shoes” to Stranger To Stranger’s ‘The Wristband”. Each song seemed to top the last, with Simon & Garfunkel’s 1970 track “Bridge Over Troubled Water” echoing back to the stage by the thousands of onlookers.

It was fitting that Simon closed his tour and our festival with a stunning “Sound Of Silence”, solo on acoustic guitar, the huge crowd hushed with emotion, breaking into deafening applause.

Gracing the Great Oak Stage before Paul Simon was fellow singer songwriter James Taylor – an American folk-rock hero with 100+ million records sold worldwide and five Grammys to his name. The gorgeously staged “You’ve Got A friend” received the biggest cheer of approval, closely followed by other classics including “Carolina In My Mind”, “Shed A Little” and “Shower The People”.

“I’m now going to play you a song I played for Paul McCartney and George Harrison”, said Taylor before performing “Something”. “The Beatles had just started their own record label and were looking for people to record – I just happened to be in the right place in the right time. It was an amazing stroke of good fortune as is everything that has happened since, certainly leading up to this amazing day in front of this amazing audience.”

Bonnie Raitt demonstrated why she is considered by many as one of the greatest singers and guitarists of all time as she delivereda heartfelt performance to a packed stage. “I love playing these club shows,”Bonnie deadpanned, as she worked her way through her extensive back-catalogue.

“Woo!It’s aptly named this one”,shesaid with a chuckle before breaking into an inspiring rendition of Talking Heads’ “Burning Down The House”, one of the closing day’s defining moments.

Johnny Flynn & The Sussex Wit maintained the folksy vibes of the day with a stirring set on the Great Oak Stage, backed by mesmerising mushroom visuals. Frontman Flynn’s flawless vocals were the main attraction, as they worked their way through tracks from 2017’s Sillionas well as from Flynn’s other albums.

British country-pop duo Ward Thomas performed last year on the stage, and sounded even more impressive on the main stage this time round, treating Hyde Park attendees to a sneak peak of some of their new music such as “No Filter” and well-known tracks like “Carry You Home”.

Opening the Great Oak Stage was South Coast rockers Wild Front. Their shimmering live rendition of “Rico” was the perfect way to kick off the final day of music, with the laidback, mellow harmonies appreciated by all the early festival goers soaking up the sun.

The final day at the stage also impressed, with America’s Sarah Darling kicking off the proceedings, also featuring the melodious Jesca Hoop, three-time Grammy Award winner Shawn Colvin andformer Keane frontman Tom Chaplin – oozing class as he played tracks off his 2016 album The Waveas well as Keane favourites such as “Somewhere Only We Know”.

The Summer Stage welcomed the guitar-tinted sounds of Blueprint Blue, Dublin rock band Keywest, London quintet Night Flight and Callaghan – driving home an unmissable set with her stunning vocals and gripping songwriting.

Well known fans included – Daisy Ridley, Jimmy Carr, David Walliams, Dustin Hoffman, Pierce Brosnan, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Noel Gallagher, Sophie Ellis-Bextor, Johnny Vegas, Tim Healy, Bob Geldof and Steve Diggle.

For news as it happens follow Noise11 on Facebook

Listen to the Noise11 Music News channel now at iHeartRadio



Related Posts

Rolling Stones Rock and Roll Circus
Unboxing the new Rolling Stones edition of Rock and Roll Circus

The new edition of the Rolling Stones Rock and Roll Circus has been expanded to four discs.

June 12, 2019
Mick Jagger, The Rolling Stones image by Ros O'Gorman, Noise11, photo
Mick Jagger Reassures Fans He Is Good to Go on Tour

Mick Jagger has reassured fans he's "feeling pretty good" following his recent heart valve replacement surgery.

June 12, 2019
Bob Seger, music news,
Bob Seger’s Final Tour Setlist

Bob Seger is playing off songs from 1969 to 1991 as he performs his Final Tour shows across America.

June 11, 2019
Cher Celebrates Bob Mackie Tony Awards Win

Cher has taken to Twitter to congratulate legendary designer Bob Mackie on his 2019 Tony Awards win.

June 11, 2019
Bob Dylan Heavens Door whiskey
Martin Scorsese’s Bob Dylan Rolling Thunder Review Netflix Doco Looks Amazing

The trailer for ‘Rolling Thunder Revue: A Bob Dylan Story by Martin Scorsese’ went live on Netflix this week.

June 4, 2019
Roky Erickson at SXSW 2008 photo bt Ros O'Gorman
Austin Legend Roky Erickson has died at age 71

Roky Erickson, one-time lead singer of psychedelic band 13th Floor Elevators, has died in Austin, Texas at the age of 71.

June 1, 2019
Jeannie C Riley The Music City Sessions
Unreleased Jeannie C Riley Rarities Surface as ‘The Music City Sessions’

An album of previously unreleased Jeannie C Riley songs recorded by Elvis Presley’s guitar player Scotty Moore has been released with a Sam Phillips connection.

May 31, 2019