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Volume 34
Fall 2018

Leisure

Homeward Bound The Farewell Performance of Legendary Artist Paul Simon

Paul Simon
Paul Simon

Legendary songwriter, recording artist and performer Paul Simon played his final concert in a Farewell Tour in the borough of Queens, where he spent his formative years.

On September 22 at Flushing Meadows Corona Park, Simon and his band brought the stage a stunning, career spanning repertoire of timeless hits and classics, as well as a unique selection of songs the artist had selected for this onceinalifetime show.

Paul Simon's Homeward Bound The Farewell Performance was the first major concert event at Flushing Meadows Corona Park in decades. Simon donated all personal net proceeds from the event to a previously selected cause, which will be announced at a later date.

Homeward Bound – The Farewell Performance was a celebration of a renowned touring career that began in the 1960s and coincided with his artistic journey as a songwriter and recording artist through the present day. Simon said of the final show, "It seems more like fate than coincidence that I should do the final show on this final tour at Flushing Meadows Corona Park. I could have ridden my bike from home to the park in about 20 minutes, when I was a kid. But this is less a goodbye than a farewell. Thank you all for the ride, I had a great time."

This past February, upon the announcement of his Farewell Tour, Simon wrote the following letter to his fans: “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. Sadly, we lost our lead guitarist and my friend of 30 years, Vincent N'guini, who died last December. His loss is not the only reason I've decided to stop touring, but it is a contributing factor. Mostly, though, I feel the travel and time away from my wife and family takes a toll that detracts from the joy of playing. I'd like to leave with a big Thank You to the many folks around the world who've come out to watch me play over the last 50 years.’

After this coming tour, I anticipate doing the occasional performance in a (hopefully) acoustically pristine hall, and to donate those earnings to various philanthropic organizations, particularly those whose objective is to save the planet, ecologically.

Once again, 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.”

— Paul Simon February 5, 2018