Paul Simon Sets Final Leg of Farewell Tour

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On Feb. 5, songwriter and recording artist Paul Simon became the latest classic rock legend to announce the end of his touring days. Today (March 12), Simon revealed the final leg of Homeward Bound – The Farewell Tour, with 11 new dates in September including four in his hometown New York City area.

The final show is scheduled for New York on Sept. 22 with the location TBA, leading to immediate speculation that he could perform in New York City’s Central Park, as he has famously done in the past with his one-time musical partner, Art Garfunkel in 1981. Simon also performed a solo concert there in 1991.

The tour will encompass shows across North America, the U.K. and Europe, with Simon and his band bringing a career-spanning repertoire of timeless hits and classic songs.

The tour itinerary is listed below. Tickets go on sale to the general public on Friday, March 16 at 9 a.m. local time, here and here.

He said of this farewell tour, “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. 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.”

Related: Elton John has revealed his Farewell Yellow Brick Road tour, spanning three years

Having created a distinctive body of work that includes 13 solo studio albums, plus five studio albums as half of Simon & Garfunkel, Simon is the recipient of 16 Grammy Awards, three of which—Bridge over Troubled WaterStill Crazy after All These Years, and Graceland—were Album of the Year honorees. In 2003, he received a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award for his work in Simon & Garfunkel, and has sold more than 100 million records worldwide.

During his career, Simon has earned 29 Top 40 singles in the U.S. alone, with 14 of those reaching the Top 10, including “50 Ways to Leave Your Lover” (which reached #1), “Kodachrome,” “Loves Me Like A Rock,” “Mother and Child Reunion,” “Late In The Evening” and “You Can Call Me Al.”

With Simon & Garfunkel, he wrote and performed the #1 singles, “The Sound of Silence,” “Mrs. Robinson,” “Bridge Over Troubled Water,” and numerous other timeless hits.

Paul Simon is a member of the Songwriters Hall of Fame and has been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, both as a member of Simon & Garfunkel and as a solo artist. Simon was a recipient of the Kennedy Center Honors in 2002.

Paul Simon’s Homeward Bound – The Farewell Tour (Tickets are available here and here)

North America

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 28 – Los Angeles, CA – Hollywood Bowl
May 30 – Denver, CO – Fiddler’s Green
Jun 01 – Dallas, TX – American Airlines Arena
Jun 02 – Houston, TX – Toyota Center
Jun 04 – Austin, TX – Frank Erwin Center
Jun 06 – Chicago, IL – United Center
Jun 08 – St. Paul, MN – Xcel Energy Center
Jun 10 – Detroit, MI – DTE Energy Center
Jun 12 – Toronto, ON – Air Canada Centre
Jun 13 – Montreal, QC – Bell Centre
Jun 15 – Boston, MA TD – Garden
Jun 16 – Philadelphia, PA – Wells Fargo Center
Jun 19 – Greensboro, NC – Greensboro Coliseum
Jun 20 – Nashville, TN – Bridgestone Arena

U.K. and Europe

Jun 30 – Stockholm, Sweden – Ericsson Globe
Jul 01 – Oslo, Norway – Spektrum
Jul 03 – Copenhagen, Denmark – Royal Arena
Jul 05 – Antwerp, Belgium Sportpaleis
Jul 07 – Amsterdam, Netherlands – Ziggo Dome
Jul 08 – Amsterdam, Netherlands – Ziggo Dome
Jul 10 – Manchester, U.K. – Manchester Arena
Jul 11 – Glasgow, U.K. – SSE Hydro
Jul 13 – Dublin, Ireland* RDS Arena
Jul 15 – London, U.K.* – Hyde Park, BST Festival
* With Very Special Guests James Taylor and Bonnie Raitt

U.S. – Final Leg

Sep 05 – New Orleans, LA – Smoothie King Center
Sep 07 – Tampa, FL – Amalie Arena
Sep 08 – Ft. Lauderdale, FL – BB&T Center
Sep 11 – Orlando, FL – Amway Center
Sep 12 – Atlanta, GA – Cellairis Amphitheatre
Sep 14 – Washington, DC – Capital One Arena
Sep 15 – Newark, NJ – Prudential Center
Sep 17 – Pittsburgh, PA – PPG Paints Arena
Sep 20 – New York, NY – Madison Square Garden
Sep 21 – New York, NY – Madison Square Garden
Sep 22 – New York, NY – TBA

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  1. Billy K.
    #1 Billy K. 13 March, 2018, 00:06

    It would make sense to finish the tour off in NYC, for Paul.

    But still haven’t figured out why the Grateful Dead chose Chicago, of all places to end their farewell tour……

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