Paul Simon Announces “Farewell” Performance

Paul Simon Announces “Farewell” Performance


Paul Simon is preparing for his final “farewell” performance. The 76-year-old musician/singer/songwriter, announced a show titled “Homeward Bound: The Farewell Performance” in London, indicating, it may be his last. He is set to close the Barclaycard presents British Summer Time Hyde Park festival on Sunday July 15.

Simon will be joined by special guests James Taylor & His All-Star Band and Bonnie Raitt. The central London festival has become known for veteran artists staging farewell or greatest-hits shows, such as Lionel Richie, Phil Collins, Carole King and Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers.

Simon’s surprise annnouncement comes on the heels of announcements last week from fellow musicians Elton John and Neil Diamond, both giving notice of their retirement from the road.

Simon is to play a “farewell” concert in London this Summer more than 50 years after making his UK debut at an Essex folk club. He is calling the Homeward Bound concert in Hyde Park in July, a “farewell performance.” The singer, whose hits range from The Sound of Silence to Graceland, has said of his decision to retire from the concert stage: “It’s an act of courage to let go”. Simon’s formative musical experiences were forged in Britain. Simon’s first UK solo performance was at Brentwood, Railway Hotel Folk Club in 1964.

Kristina Killingsworth

January 30th, 2018

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