Paul Simon‘s ‘Bridge Over Troubled Water’ Makes Tour Premiere

It only took Paul Simon 14 shows to finally perform what’s arguably his biggest hit. Although Simon has been playing only four Simon & Garfunkel songs in the current “farewell tour” setlists — including the show’s opening and closing numbers — the duo’s six-week chart-topping behemoth “Bridge Over Troubled Water” has been conspicuously absent from the shows. Simon finally tacked the 1970 classic during his Sunday night show (June 10th) outside of Detroit at Clarkston, Michigan’s DTE Energy Music Theatre.

Paul Simon recalled that upon writing “Bridge Over Troubled Water,” the magnitude of the creative accomplishment barely registered: [“All I can say is at the time I thought, ‘That’s better than I usually do.’ No concept at all about what is magical about inspiration. And I don’t think about inspiration at all. I don’t believe that you need inspiration. I don’t say, ‘I’m gonna wait around till some inspiration comes.'”] SOUNDCUE (:17 OC: . . . some inspiration comes)

  • Paul Simon has always rated his creative autonomy as the most important by-product of being an active songwriter and musician: [“I always pursued a course that seemed interesting to me and that I hoped would be interesting to someone else, y’know — to a lot of people, I hoped. But if it didn’t, or if it wasn’t — I never had any intention of changing. Actually, I don’t think I could have been, or am, capable of changing.”] SOUNDCUE (:19 OC: . . . capable of changing)
  • Paul Simon tour dates (subject to change):
    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