Singer-songwriter will perform a pair of benefit shows in Maui, his first show on the island since 1968
Paul Simon announced two back-to-back concerts in Maui, Hawaii on August 13th and 14th. The performances will take place two days after Simon headlines San Francisco’s Outside Lands Festival — his first concert since he poignantly ended his farewell tour in his hometown of Queens, New York last September.
The four shows Simon has played this month were quite similar to his Homeward Bound 2018 gigs, mixing classic hits like “You Can Call Me Al” and “Bridge Over Troubled Water” with deep cuts like “Spirit Voices,” “The Cool, Cool River” and “Dazzling Blue.” He was joined by Bob Weir for “The Boxer” at Outside Lands, marking the first time they’d ever played together even though they’d been friends since 1967. In Hawaii, the slack-key guitar great Keola Beamer joined him on his own compositions “Seabreeze” and “Honolulu City Lights.”
In keeping with Simon’s commitment to perform sporadic benefit concerts after retirement, the Maui shows are in support of biodiversity conservation. Net proceeds will be donated to The Auwahi Forest Restoration Project and Kua‘āina Ulu ‘Auamo (KUA), while the proceeds from Outside Lands will be given to the San Francisco Parks Alliance and Friends of the Urban Forest.
“I anticipate doing the occasional performance in a (hopefully) acoustically pristine hall,” he told Variety in 2018. “And to donate those earnings to various philanthropic organizations, particularly those whose objective is to save the planet, ecologically.”
Recently Paul Simon has reinterpreted ten of his own favourite songs with the help of an array of guest musicians for the new album In The Blue Light.
Released on September 7th, when the songwriting legend will be undertaking his farewell tour of North America, the album features tracks such as One Man’s Ceiling Is Another Man’s Floor from 1973’s There Goes Rhymin’ Simon and Can’t Run But from The Rhythm Of The Saints.
“It’s an unusual occurrence for an artist to have the opportunity to revisit earlier works and re-think them; to modify, even completely change parts of the originals,” he says.
“Happily, this opportunity also gave me the gift of playing with an extraordinary group of musicians, most of whom I hadn’t recorded with before. I hope the listener will find these new versions of old songs refreshed, like a new coat of paint on the walls of an old family home.”
In The Blue Light tracklist:
One Man’s Ceiling Is Another Man’s Floor
Can’t Run But
How The Heart Approaches What It Yearns
Pigs, Sheep and Wolves
René and Georgette Magritte With Their Dog After the War
Some Folks’ Lives Roll Easy
Questions For The Angels
Homeward Bound Tour will be heading to London’s Hyde Park the 15th of July for British Summer Time. All the dates announced- check here
Simon also announces European Homeward Bound Farwell Tour ( check dates below) The last act to headline British Summer Time Festival in Hyde Park this year has been announced, and it’s none other than the incomparable Paul Simon. DATES BELOW
On Sunday, July 15th, the icon will give his farewell performance, alongside special guests James Taylor & His All-Star Band and Bonnie Raitt, with more to be announced.
The US singer-songwriter came to fame as half of Sixties folk duo Simon & Garfunkel but made his name as a solo artist, and won a Grammy for his comeback album Graceland in 1986.
The 76-year-old is yet to make a statement on the finality of what is being called “the farewell performance”. His last performance in the UK was in 2016, when he played two nights at the Royal Albert Hall as part of the European leg of his Stranger to Stranger tour.