Legendary songwriter, recording artist and performer Paul Simon has announced the final leg of Homeward Bound – The Farewell Tour, culminating with four shows in the New York City area: the Prudential Center on September 15 in Newark, NJ (the city where Simon was born), and two nights at Madison Square Garden on September 20 and 21, with an additional concert to be announced soon. As previously announced, Simon and his band will embark on the artist’s final tour May 16 in Vancouver, bringing to the stage a stunning, career-spanning repertoire of timeless hits and classic songs. Within the final leg of Homeward Bound – The Farewell Tour, Paul Simon will perform at Tampa’s AMALIE Arena on September 7, 2018 at 8:00 PM.
According to Simon, the Homeward Bound tour is a fitting culmination of a performing career that began in the early 1960s and has coincided with his artistic journey as a songwriter and recording artist until the present day.
He said of this farewell tour, “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. 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.”
Having created a distinctive and beloved body of work that includes 13 studio albums, plus five studio albums as half of Simon & Garfunkel, Paul Simon is the recipient of 16 Grammy Awards, three of which—Bridge over Troubled Water, Still Crazy after All These Years, and Graceland—were Album of the Year honorees. In 2003, he received a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award for his work in Simon & Garfunkel and has sold more than 100 million records worldwide.
During his unparalleled career, Simon has achieved 29 Top 40 singles in the U.S. alone, with 14 of those reaching the Top 10 or higher, including “50 Ways to Leave Your Lover” (which reached #1), “Kodachrome,” “Loves Me Like A Rock,” “Mother and Child Reunion,” “Late In The Evening,” “You Can Call Me Al” and many others. With Simon & Garfunkel, he wrote and performed the #1 singles, “The Sound of Silence,” “Mrs. Robinson,” “Bridge Over Troubled Water,” and numerous other timeless hits.
Paul Simon is a member of the Songwriters Hall of Fame and has been inducted into the
Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame, both as a member of Simon & Garfunkel and as a solo artist. Simon was a recipient of the Kennedy Center Honors in 2002 and was named one of Time magazine’s “100 People Who Shape Our World” in 2006. In 2007, Simon was awarded the inaugural Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song, which recognizes the profound and positive effect of popular music on the world’s culture. He was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2011. And in 2012, he was named the recipient of the prestigious Polar Music Prize along with classical cellist Yo-Yo Ma.
Simon’s philanthropic work includes the co-founding of the Children’s Health Fund (CHF), which donates and staffs 53 mobile medical units that bring health care to low-income children and their families in urban and rural locations around the United States. Since its inception in 1987, CHF has provided more than 3 million doctor/patient visits.
Throughout his career, Simon has also raised millions of dollars for worthy causes as varied as Autism Speaks, The Nature Conservancy, CURE, Tibet House and the E.O. Wilson Biodiversity Foundation’s Half-Earth Project, which is committed to stopping the species extinction crisis by conserving half the planet’s lands and oceans.
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As a member of Simon & Garfunkel, he penned some of the most popular songs that characterized a peaceful mentality of the 60s. During his hugely successful solo career, he wrote a movie, a Broadway musical, and a number of Grammy Award-winning songs, as well as performed at some of the most popular tour dates in American history. With a career that's experienced high highs and pretty good lows, Paul Simon's currently on top with his latest album, So Beautiful or So What, which has received sparkling reviews. In honor of the album's success, Simon is currently engaged in intimate 2011 tour dates in the US and Europe.
The roots of Paul Simon's career began when he began collaborating with childhood friend Art Garfunkel in high school. Simon wrote his first song for the duo when he was thirteen and by 1957 they had a fairly successful single titled "Hey, Schoolgirl," under the moniker Tom and Jerry. In 1964, Simon & Garfunkel were signed to Columbia Records and released Wednesday Morning, 3 A.M. shortly after. While the album was commercially unsuccessful, the track "Sounds of Silence" became hugely popular a year later. While the success wasn't enough for high profile tour dates, concert dates would follow after the success of albums like Sounds of Silence, Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme, and the soundtrack to The Graduate. Tensions reached a breaking point on their 1970 album, Bridge Over Troubled Water, and the duo separated soon after; although Simon & Garfunkel would not be without reunion tour dates in later years.
After the breakup of Simon & Garfunkel, Paul Simon embarked on a hugely successful solo career. He released three hit-filled albums in the seventies, including his self-titled solo debut, There Goes Rhymin' Simon, and Still Crazy After All These Years. During a lull in his career and inspired by native African music, Simon recorded Graceland in 1986, which was a critical and commercial smash hit. The album earned Simon two Grammys and a number of hugely successful tour dates. Simon released another hit, socially conscious album in 2006 called Surprise, which dealt heavily with the events of 9/11 and the Iraq invasion.
A follow up to Surprise wouldn't come until April of 2011, when he released So Beautiful or So What, which Paul Simon has called his best album in twenty years. The bluegrass style and consistently outstanding lyrics has received acclaim from many critics; even the curmudgeonly Robert Christgau gave it an "A". In appreciation of his fans' support, Paul Simon his currently playing spring/summer 2011 tour dates in the US and Europe. On June 20, he'll began tour dates in the UK, including stops in Ireland, England, and Scotland and a concert date at the Glastonbury Festival. On July 5, Paul Simon will travel to the rest of Europe, including France, Germany, Switzerland, and a concert date at the North Sea Jazz Festival in Rotterdam. Paul Simon's tour dates for 2011 will end on July 21 in Tel Aviv, so be sure to buy your tickets on Eventful soon.