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6/5/16-Paul Simon retired?

todayJuly 5, 2016

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Paul SimonBased on recent comments, Friday night may have been the last show on U.S. soil for Paul Simon.
Not that anything is set in stone, but Simon has said that he wants to try retirement as show business no longer holds any interest for him. He does have dates coming up for Europe but no further shows for North America.
Compared to the previous night’s show at Forest Hills, Simon seemed to wrapping up his career in one neat package. Thursday saw only two Simon & Garfunkel songs (not counting the instrumental part of El Condor Pasa which led into Duncan) while the final night included four, including the final three songs of the night with a run of The Boxer, The Sounds of Silence and Bridge Over Troubled Waters.
Three songs came from his brand new album, Stranger to Stranger, and two from his previous set, So Beautiful or So What, but it was the two world music albums, Graceland (1986) and Rhythm of the Saints (1990) that received the most attention with nine songs between the two.
Word is that Simon was buoyant and happy throughout the show, indicating that, even with his “no interest” statement, he still enjoys performing. Perhaps it won’t be the last we’ll see of one of America’s greatest songwriters.

Written by: Barry Scott

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