sent a lot of eyebrows skyward last week by announcing a “farewell show” in London’s Hyde Park this summer, offering little else by way of an explanation of the “farewell” of it all. Now, he’s done exactly that, announcing his retirement from touring in a message shared via social media early Monday morning.
“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,” Simon writes. “Now I know: it feels a little unsettling, a touch exhilarating, and something of a relief.” He goes on to cite the death of his band’s lead guitarist, Vincent N’guini, as “a contributing factor” in his decision to stop touring.
Simon’s last tour, Homeward Bound – The Farewell Tour, begins on May 16 at the Rogers Arena in Vancouver, British Columbia. Simon and his band will crisscross North America, Europe and the U.K., “bringing to the stage a stunning, career-spanning repertoire of timeless hits and classic songs which have permeated and influenced popular culture for generations,” per a press release.
The Farewell Tour won’t exactly be the end of Simon performing live, though. He adds, “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.” Good on you, Sir Simon.
Discussing the conclusion of his career in a June 2016 interview with The New York Times, Simon said, “It’s an act of courage to let go. I am going to see what happens if I let go. Then I’m going to see, who am I? Or am I just this person that was defined by what I did? And if that’s gone, if you have to make up yourself, who are you?” When asked about the unknown he’d face in calling it quits, Simon simply replied, “I don’t have any fear of it.”
See Simon’s touring retirement statement and a 1986 interview with the musician from the Paste Cloud below, and find his tour itinerary further down. Tickets for Simon’s Farewell Tour go on sale starting this Friday, Feb. 9 at 10 a.m. in North America and the U.K., and on Thursday, Feb. 8, at 9 a.m. in Europe. You can get yours here.
Paul Simon Homeward Bound – The Farewell Tour Dates:
16 – Vancouver, British Columbia @ Rogers Arena
18 – Seattle, Wash. @ Key Arena
19 – Portland, Ore. @ MODA Center
22 – Los Angeles, Calif. @ Hollywood Bowl
23 – Los Angeles, Calif. @ Hollywood Bowl
25 – Oakland, Calif. @ Oracle Arena
27 – Las Vegas, Nev. @ MGM Grand Garden Arena
30 – Denver, Colo. @ Fiddler’s Green
01 – Dallas, Texas @ American Airlines Arena
02 – Houston, Texas @ Toyota Center
04 – Austin, Texas @ Frank Erwin Center
06 – Chicago, Ill. @ United Center
08 – St. Paul, Minn. @ Xcel Energy Center
10 – Detroit, Mich. @ DTE Energy Center
12 – Toronto, Ontario @ Air Canada Centre
13 – Montreal, Quebec @ Bell Centre
15 – Boston, Mass. @ TD Garden
16 – Philadelphia, Pa. @ Wells Fargo Center
19 – Greensboro, N.C. @ Greensboro Coliseum
20 – Nashville, Tenn. @ Bridgestone Arena
30 – Stockholm, Sweden @ Ericsson Globe
01 – Oslo, Norway @ Spektrum
03 – Copenhagen, Denmark @ Royal Arena
05 – Antwerp, Belgium @ Sportpaleis
07 – Amsterdam, Holland @ Ziggo Dome
10 – Manchester, U.K. @ Manchester Arena
11 – Glasgow, U.K. @ SSE Hydro
13 – Dublin, Ireland @ ROS Arena
15 – London, U.K. @ Hyde Park BST Festival