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

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

Paul Simon Plays His Last Show On Final Tour

by Paul Cashmere on September 24, 2018

in News

Paul Simon has officially retired. Simon played the last show on his ‘Homeward Bound The Farewell Tour’ in Flushing Meadows Corona Park Flushing New York on Saturday night (22 September 2018).

While Paul Simon was born in New Jersey, his family moved to Flushing, Queens in 1945 when Paul was three years-old. Hence the Homeward Bound reference.

It was appropriate for Paul Simon to go to silence with his classic ‘Sounds of Silence’, his very first Simon & Garfunkel hit of 1965.

One song ‘Me and Julio Down By The Schoolyard’ became a family affair with Paul’s wife Edie Brickell joining him for the classic.

‘Bridge Over Troubled Water’ made this show. Simon had not been performing it because, as he told the audience, “I wrote it a long time ago and when I finished it I said to myself, ‘Hmm, that’s better than I usually do.’ Then I gave it away and I didn’t sing it for a long time, though occasionally I’d try it on tours, though I never actually felt like it was mine since the original versions are so unique. But this being the final tour, I’m going to reclaim my lost child.”

America (from Simon & Garfunkel’s Bookends, 1968)
50 Ways to Leave Your Lover (from Still Crazy After All These Years, 1975)
The Boy in the Bubble (from Graceland, 1986)
Dazzling Blue (from So Beautiful or So What, 2011)
That Was Your Mother (from Graceland, 1986)
Rewrite (from So Beautiful or So What, 2011)
Mother and Child Reunion (from Paul Simon, 1972)
Me and Julio Down by the Schoolyard (from Paul Simon, 1972) (with Edie Brickell)
Rene and Georgette Magritte With Their Dog After the War (from Hearts and Bones, 1983 and in The Blue Light, 2018)
Can’t Run But (from The Rhythm of the Saints, 1990 and in The Blue Light, 2018)
Bridge Over Troubled Water (from Simon & Garfunkel’s Bridge Over Troubled Water, 1970)
Wristband (from Stranger To Stranger, 2016)
Spirit Voices (from The Rhythm of the Saints, 1990)
The Obvious Child (from The Rhythm of the Saints, 1990)
Questions for the Angels (from So Beautiful or So What, 2011)
The Cool, Cool River (from The Rhythm of the Saints, 1990)
Diamonds on the Soles of Her Shoes (from Graceland, 1986)
You Can Call Me Al (from Graceland, 1986)

Late in the Evening (from One-Trick Pony, 1980)
Still Crazy After All These Years (from Still Crazy After All These Years, 1975)
Graceland (from Graceland, 1986)

Encore 2:
Homeward Bound (from Parsley, Sage, Rosemary & Thyme, 1966)
Kodachrome (from There Goes Rhymin’ Simon, 1973)
The Boxer (from Simon & Garfunkel’s Bridge Over Troubled Water, 1970)
American Tune (from There Goes Rhymin’ Simon, 1973)
The Sound of Silence (from Simon & Garfunkel’s The Sound of Silence, 1966)

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