Paul Simon Announces Homeward Bound Farewell Tour

Rhymin’ Simon is slip sliding away after all these years.

Tired of looking at strangers’ faces in towns that all look the same, Paul Simon announced  his upcoming tour will be his last. The former guitar-playing, songwriting half of Simon and Garfunkel will embark on Homeward Bound — The Farewell Tour this May and June in the U.S. He will hit Europe in July. Simon’s announcement follows Elton John’s goodbye bid to life on the Yellow Brick Road, as well as Ozzy Osbourne, Lynyrd Skynyrd and Slayer.

“I’ve often wondered what it would feel like to reach the point where I’d consider bringing my performing career to a natural end,” Simon wrote to his official website. “Now I know: It feels a little unsettling, a touch exhilarating and something of a relief. I love making music, my voice is still strong, and my band is a tight, extraordinary group of gifted musicians. I think about music constantly. I am very grateful for a fulfilling career and, of course, most of all to the audiences who heard something in my music that touched their hearts.”

Part of the reason Simon is ending his time on the road is the death of his longtime lead guitarist Vincent Nguini. Bands are families, but the main reason was to spend more time with his family.

The North American leg begins May 16th in Vancouver. It ends at at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena on June 20th.  The European tour ends July 15th with a “Farewell Performance” in London which will feature James Taylor and Bonnie Raitt.

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The farewell to the road doesn’t mean Simon will stop performing. He will still do “occasional performance(s).”

Before turning to folk music Simon was a rock and roll teenager. Along with Art Garfunkel, he was one half of Tom and Jerry, which had a few local hits. Simon was born in Newark, New Jersey, but met Art Garfunkel when they were living in Queens. Simon tried his hand as a Tin Pan Alley songwriter, even recording demos with Carole King, after Tom and Jerry broke up. They reunited as Simon and Garfunkel in 1963, and had a string of top singles starting with “The Sound of Silence.”  They recorded the soundtrack to the Mike Nichols film The Graduate, and had a hit with its theme.

Simon and Garfunkel split up in 1970. Garfunkel was ready to fly, making movies like Carnal Knowledge and Catch 22, and Simon was the only living boy in New York.  Simon & Garfunkel released five studio albums.

Simon’s solo career was as successful as the Simon and Garfunkel. He released 13 solo albums, and 29 Top 40 singles, including “50 Ways to Leave Your Lover,” “Kodachrome,” “Loves Me Like A Rock,” “Mother and Child Reunion,” “Late In The Evening,” and “You Can Call Me Al.”  The pair reunited for the song “My Little Town” off Simon’s 1975 album Still Crazy After All These Years. The album won a Grammy because Stevie Wonder took the year off. Simon’s album Graceland, named after Elvis Presley’s mansion, fused rock and roll, funk, zydeco and Africa’s beat-driven  isicathamiya, and mbaqanga genres. Simon and Garfunkel also reunited for two classic performances in Central Park.

Simon won 16 Grammy Awards, including three Album of the Year winners: Bridge over Troubled Water, Still Crazy after All These Years, and Graceland.  Simon was given the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award for his work in Simon & Garfunkel in 2003. He is also a member of the Songwriters Hall of Fame and in the the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame twice, as a member of Simon & Garfunkel and as a solo artist.

Simon’s philanthropic work includes the co-founding of the Children’s Health Fund (CHF). He has also raised money for Autism Speaks, The Nature Conservancy, CURE, Tibet House and the E.O. Wilson Biodiversity Foundation’s Half-Earth Project.

The home that Simon is bound towards includes his wife, singer Edie Brickell, and their three children. Simon was also married to Star Wars actress Carrie Fisher, who died in December 2016.

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Paul Simon Homeward Bound — The Farewell Tour Dates:

May 16 — Vancouver, BC — Rogers Arena

May 18 — Seattle, WA — Key Arena

May 19 — Portland, OR — MODA Center

May 22 — Los Angeles, CA — Hollywood Bowl

May 23 — Los Angeles, CA — Hollywood Bowl

May 25 — Oakland, CA — Oracle Arena

May 27 — Las Vegas, NV — MGM Grand Garden Arena

May 30 — Denver, CO — Fiddler’s Green

June 1 — Dallas, TX — American Airlines Arena

June 2 — Houston, TX — Toyota Center

June 4 — Austin, TX — Frank Erwin Center

June 6 — Chicago, IL — United Center

June 8 — St. Paul, MN — Xcel Energy Center

June 10 — Detroit, MI — DTE Energy Center

June 12 — Toronto, ON — Air Canda Cetre

June 13 — Montreal, QC — Bell Centre

June 15 — Boston, MA — TD Garden

June 16 — Philadelphia, PA — Wells Fargo Center

June 19 — Greensboro, NC — Greensboro Coliseum

June 20 — Nashville, TN — Bridgestone Arena