Paul Simon Confirms 'Homeward Bound' Farewell Tour
The 76-year-old singer-songwriter is ending his performing career after his upcoming jaunt.
Paul Simon is going to bid his fans a fond farewell. The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer announced on Monday morning (Feb. 5) that he has set the dates for what he is calling Homeward Bound - The Farewell Tour.
The legendary 76-year-old singer-songwriter, known for such hits (both solo and as half of best-selling duo Simon & Garfunkel) as "The Sound of Silence," "You Can Call Me Al" and "Bridge Over Troubled Water" wrote in a note to fans that he's spent time considering his decision, and while he's emotionally torn about it, now feels like the right time to bow out gracefully.
"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," he said in the statement. "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." Simon goes on to note that his band recently lost their lead guitarist and friend of 30 years: Vincent N'guini, who passed in December.
"His loss is not the only reason I've decided to stop touring, but it is a contributing factor," Simon explained. "Mostly, though, I feel the travel and time away from my wife and family takes a toll that detracts from the joy of playing."
Last week, it was announced that Simon was hosting the final night of the Barclayard British Summer Time Festival on July 15 with special guests James Taylor & His All-Star Band and Bonnie Raitt in what was advertised as "Paul Simon: Homeward Bound The Farewell Performance." It's now clear that the U.K. date is part of a larger tour from Simon, which kicks off on May 16 with a show in Vancouver, will feature stops in Seattle, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Dallas, Chicago, Detroit and Boston, and is currently slated to wrap in Nashville on June 20.
Check out the dates below, and click here to read Simon's full statement.
May 16 - Vancouver, BC @ Rogers Arena
May 18 - Seattle, WA @ Key Arena
May 19 - Portland, OR @ MODA Center
May 22 & 23 - Los Angeles, CA @ Hollywood Bowl
May 25 - Oakland, CA @ Oracle Arena
May 27 - Las Vegas, NV @ MGM Grand Garden Arena
May 30 - Denver, CO @ Fiddler's Green
June 1 - Dallas, TX @ American Airlines Arena
June 2 - Houston, TX @ Toyota Center
June 4 - Austin, TX @ Frank Erwin Center
June 6 - Chicago, IL @ United Center
June 8 - St. Paul, MN @ Xcel Energy Center
June 10 - Detroit, MI @ DTE Energy Center
June 12 - Toronto, ON @ Air Canada Centre
June 13 - Montreal, QC @ Bell Centre
June 15 - Boston, MA @ TD Garden
June 16 - Philadelphia, PA @ Wells Fargo Center
June 19 - Greensboro, NC @ Greensboro Coliseum
June 20 - Nashville, TN @ Bridgestone Arena
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This story first appeared on Billboard.com.