Paul Simon Sets Farewell Performance in Hyde Park

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If you’re considering whether to go on vacation to England this summer, and you’re a fan of singer-songwriters, stop what you’re doing and book your trip… stat! The British Summer Time concert series in London’s Hyde Park announced today (Jan. 30) what’s being billed as “Paul Simon Homeward Bound: The Farewell Performance,” with James Taylor and His All-Star Band, Bonnie Raitt, plus “more to be announced.” The all-day event, which is the summer’s final concert of six of the annual series, will take place on July 15.

Pre-sale tickets for the concert begin this Thursday, Feb. 1 at 9 a.m. and end Friday, Feb. 2 at 8 a.m. (all times local) here.

Simon has previously indicated that his touring days may be coming to an end. He has no other concerts currently on his schedule.

This year’s BST series, as it’s known, also includes classic rock favorites Roger Waters (July 6) and Eric Clapton (July 8). The latter is sold-out but tickets are available on StubHub. (Other headliners in this summer’s series are the Cure, Michael Buble, and Bruno Mars, all in July.)

Simon previously played the venue in 2012. Last year, Paul Simon—The Concert in Hyde Park was released in a variety of formats chronicling the artist’s concert with a career-spanning set including his solo hits (“Kodachrome,” “Graceland,” “Me and Julio Down By The Schoolyard,” “50 Ways to Leave Your Lover”), fan favorites and two Simon & Garfunkel classics (“The Sound of Silence” and “The Boxer.”)

That 2012 concert featured a reunion with the original Graceland musicians on the Grammy-winning album’s 25th anniversary, including Hugh Masekela and Ladysmith Black Mambazo, as well as a surprise appearance from reggae legend Jimmy Cliff.

Watch Paul Simon sing “The Obvious Child” at the 2012 Hyde Park concert

Related: Our rave review of Simon’s 2016 studio album, Stranger to Stranger

Watch Simon perform another solo favorite

Taylor and Raitt have previously announced a 2018 U.S. tour together with more than two dozen dates spanning from May into July.

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