Paul Simon Ends Touring Days in 2018: Recap

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Simon famously donned a turkey suit on SNL on November 20, 1976

On September 22, 2018, Paul Simon ended his touring days. The final performance of his Homeward Bound – The Farewell Tour took place, fittingly, at Flushing Meadows Corona Park, not far from his boyhood home in the New York City borough of Queens.

The acclaimed singer-songwriter has stated that the decision won’t preclude him from performing on occasion. (On September 27, Saturday Night Live revealed that Simon would be the musical guest on the third episode of the long-running NBC sketch comedy series’ 44th season. He joined guest host (and SNL alum) Seth Meyers on October 3.)

Simon is a longtime friend of Saturday Night Live creator and producer, Lorne Michaels, and has performed on the series eight previous times. On November 20, 1976, he sang with George Harrison.

Simon played 26 songs at the Flushing Meadows Corona Park performance, delving largely from his vast solo catalog. Eight songs in, he was joined by his wife, Edie Brickell, who whistled on “Me and Julio Down by the Schoolyard.”

Watch Simon perform “Graceland,” the final song of the first encore

He performed just five songs from his Simon & Garfunkel repertoire, including the finale, “The Sound of Silence.”

Simon’s body of work includes 14 studio albums, plus five studio albums as half of Simon & Garfunkel. He is the recipient of 16 Grammy Awards, three of which—Bridge Over Troubled Water, Still 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 achieved 29 Top 40 singles in the U.S., with 14 of those reaching the Top 10, including such classic rock songs as “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,” among many others.

Related: Our Q&A with Robert Hilburn, author of Paul Simon: The Life

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.

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  1. chris
    #1 chris 29 September, 2018, 13:25

    Very delightful to see Paul and Edie so in love! I can still remember hearing about Paul being arrested in a domestic back in 2014

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