Paul Simon Announces 'Homeward Bound' Will be His Final Tour
By Jackie Willis
Paul Simon is hitting the road one last time.
The 76-year-old legendary songwriter, recording artist and performer has announced that he will be embarking on one final tour, aptly named Homeward Bound -- The Farewell Tour, that will span across North America, the U.K. and Europe.
"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," Simon says of retiring from the stage. "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. 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."
It's not yet known what Simon's set list will be, but the 16-time GRAMMY winner has a lot to choose from!
As a solo artist, he has 14 songs that have reached the top 10 or higher on the Top 40 singles chart in the U.S., including "50 Ways to Leave Your Lover," “Kodachrome,” “Loves Me Like A Rock,” “Mother and Child Reunion,” “Late In the Evening" and “You Can Call Me Al.”
As one half of Simon & Garfunkel he also wrote and performed numerous hits such as “The Sound of Silence,” “Mrs. Robinson” and “Bridge Over Troubled Water."
In addition, he is also a member of the Songwriters Hall of Fame and has been inducted into the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame as both a solo artist and as part of Simon & Garfunkel.
Simon's tour kicks off on May 16 in Vancouver, Canada, and ends on July 15 in London, England. Tickets will go on sale beginning Feb. 8 in Europe and Feb. 9 in North America and the U.K.
News of Simon's farewell tour comes just a few weeks after Elton John announced that he too is gearing up for retirement.