Paul Simon Kicks Off Farewell Tour Tonight

Paul Simon kicks off his “Homeward Bound – The Farewell Tour,” tonight (May 16th) in Vancouver at Rogers Arena. The first North American leg runs through June 20th at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena, and after that, Simon will play his final shows in Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Belgium, Holland, Ireland, Scotland, and England, before another round of North American dates, which will wrap on September 20th and 21st at New York City’s Madison Square Garden. A yet-to-be announced Manhattan venue penciled in for September 22nd has more than a few people guessing that Simon’s gearing up for his third free concert in Central Park — despite no announcement being made. 

Paul Simon told us that he feels that there’s a general unifying theme that can be heard in all of his songs, from his earliest work through the present: [“Rhythm, and like, sounds and how words flow together, and humor and serious thoughts — or even heartache, y’know, all in the same song. It’s just a reflection of what’s going on in my life. So, its not inaccurate to say those things.”] SOUNDCUE (:24 OC: . . . say those things)

  • Out now is famed writer Robert Hilburn‘s definitive take on Paul Simon’s life and times, titled, Paul Simon – The Life. Unlike Simon, who sat for over 100 hours of interview for the biography, Hilburn told us Art Garfunkel chose to pass on contributing to the book: [“My connection with Garfunkel was early on we talked on the phone and he made it clear that he said, ‘I would talk to you all day if it was a book about Simon and Garfunkel, but I’m not going to talk to you if it’s a book about only Paul Simon.’ And I said, ‘Look, I’ll treat you with as much respect as I treat him. I think it’s an important part of your life, you ought to be part of this.’ And then every six months I would go back and finally, near the end when I was writing the book, I got a letter from him saying, ‘I’m not going to be in the book. Please don’t contact me again.'”] SOUNDCUE (:29 OC: . . . contact me again)

 

  • Paul Simon tour dates (subject to change):
    May 16 – Vancouver, BC – Rogers Arena
    May 18 – Seattle, WA – Key Arena
    May 19 – Portland, OR – MODA Center
    May 22, 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
    June 1 – Dallas, TX – American Airlines Arena
    June 2 – Houston, TX – Toyota Center
    June 4 – Austin, TX – Frank Erwin Center
    June 6 – Chicago, IL – United Center
    June 8 – St. Paul, MN – Xcel Energy Center
    June 10 – Detroit, MI – DTE Energy Center
    June 12 – Toronto, ON – Air Canada Centre
    June 13 – Montreal, QC – Bell Centre
    June 15 – Boston, MA – TD Garden
    June 16 – Philadelphia, PA – Wells Fargo Center
    June 19 – Greensboro, NC – Greensboro Coliseum
    June 20 – Nashville, TN – Bridgestone Arena
    June 30 – Stockholm, Sweden – Ericsson Globe
    July 1 – Oslo, Norway – Spektrum
    July 3 – Copenhagen, Denmark – Royal Arena
    July 5 – Antwerp, Belgium – Sportpaleis
    July 7, 8 – Amsterdam, Holland – Ziggo Dome
    July 10 – Manchester, England – Manchester Arena
    July 11 – Glasgow, Scotland – SSE Hydro
    July 13 – Dublin, Ireland – RDS Arena
    July 15 – London, England – Hyde Park, BST Festival
    September 5 – New Orleans, LA – Smoothie King Center
    September 7 – Tampa, FL – Amalie Arena
    September 8 – Ft. Lauderdale, FL – BB&T Center
    September 11 – Orlando, FL – Amway Center
    September 12 – Atlanta, GA – Cellairis Amphitheatre
    September 14 – Washington, DC – Capital One Arena
    September 15 – Newark, NJ – Prudential Center
    September 17 – Pittsburgh, PA – PPG Paints Arena
    September 20, 21 – New York, NY –  Madison Square Garden
    September 22 – New York, NY – Venue TBA