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Paul Simon announces Homeward Bound, his farewell tour, with two nights at the Hollywood Bowl in May

By in Press Enterprise on February 5, 2018

By Peter Larsen

Legendary singer-songwriter Paul Simon has been hinting that he was near the end of his career as a live-performance artist, but the announcement on Monday of Homeward Bound – The Farewell Tour makes it about as official as it gets.

So if this is it – and really, these kinds of announcements almost never are 100 percent final – you’ll have two final chances to see Simon sing songs from his solo catalog and his work with Simon & Garfunkel when he plays the Hollywood Bowl on May 22-23.

“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, 76, said in a press release announcing the tour. “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, extra–ordinary group of gifted musicians,” he continued. “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.”

His last Southern California appearance, a show at the Hollywood Bowl in 2016, backs up his statement today. His voice was strong, his band was tight, and songs from “The Sound of Silence” and “Homeward Bound” to “Mother and Child Reunion” and “Graceland” remain as powerfully moving as ever.

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