Paul Simon is Homeward Bound after 50-year touring career

FILE PHOTO: U.S. musician Paul Simon performs at the Bilbao Exhibition Center in Barakaldo
FILE PHOTO: U.S. musician Paul Simon performs at the Bilbao Exhibition Center in Barakaldo, northern Spain, November 17, 2016. REUTERS/Vincent West/File Photo

February 5, 2018

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Singer-songwriter Paul Simon announced on Monday he is quitting touring, saying it felt “a touch exhilarating, and something of a relief” to bring his 50-year performing career to an end.

In a Facebook posting, Simon, 76, said he would make a final tour – “Homeward Bound – The Farewell Tour” – of North America and Europe later this year. After that, the “Sounds of Silence” singer said he would do an occasional performance “in a (hopefully) acoustically pristine hall.”

“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,” he wrote.

New York-based Simon said he came to the decision mostly because “I feel the travel and time away from my wife and family takes a toll that detracts from the joy of playing.”

Simon’s award-winning career includes a legendary partnership with singer Art Garfunkel. They released their first album in 1964 and went on to record classics including “Mrs. Robinson,” “The Boxer” and “Bridge Over Troubled Water.”

The duo split in 1970 and Simon launched a successful solo career with Grammy-winning albums like “Still Crazy After All These Years” and “Graceland.”

Simon is the latest pop artist from the 1960s and 1970s to step back from touring. Elton John announced last month that he would be making a final three-year farewell tour, and Neil Diamond announced he was suffering from Parkinson’s disease and would retire from touring.

(Reporting by Jill SerjeantEditing by Matthew Lewis)

6 Comments on "Paul Simon is Homeward Bound after 50-year touring career"

  1. a voice of concern | February 6, 2018 at 5:11 am |

    BUT, he still hasn’t answered the question as to why he is so soft in the middle when his life is so hard?

  2. Frito Bandito | February 6, 2018 at 1:35 am |

    Didn’t his wife die?

  3. Rest well.

  4. landy fincannon | February 5, 2018 at 1:56 pm |

    Finally satisfied his avarice, has he?

    • creek house | February 5, 2018 at 8:27 pm |

      sad that you have nothing to offer and so have no idea what it is to share your talent and art. too bad.

  5. Good for him. He is truly one of the prolific and most talented songwriters ever to grace American music. So many of my favorite songs are Paul Simon songs.

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