The chances for younger generations to see Paul Simon perform live just got a whole lot smaller. The 76-year-old guitarist, singer and songwriter announced on Monday that he’ll be performing what is being billed as a “Farewell Performance” at Hyde Park in London this summer on July 15. He’s also recruited a few of his classic rock comrades in Bonnie Raitt and James Taylor as support acts for the one-night show, with more special guests to be announced closer to the event. Although he hasn’t come out and made an official statement, the mid-summer concert could be one of the last times that the aging rocker could play live.
In addition to announcing the July concert, Simon also shared a video from his 2012 performance at the famous London park on his social media outlets on Monday. His song choice of “Still Crazy After All These Years,” is a fitting tune for a veteran performer who looks to be coming to the end of his musical journey. Fans in North America however may be confused on whether or not this really is his final show, as it would make much more sense to have the New York City native play one last time in Central Park, where he and former musical partner Art Garfunkel famously reunited for an enormously successful show and live album in 1981.
The show will be the final concert as part of the city’s British Summer Time concert series in Hyde Park. Other artists scheduled to perform as part of the week-and-a-half series include Roger Waters, Eric Clapton, Grammy favorite Bruno Mars and The Cure, to name a few.
Simon released his thirteenth studio album as a solo artist back in June of 2016. Titled Stranger to Stranger, the album would allow Simon to tour throughout that summer in promotion, while performing in venues that included New York’s Forest Hills Stadium. Simon also toured across North America this past June, with a highlight performance at Denver’s famous Red Rocks Amphitheatre to cap off the month-long trek.
Tickets for his July 15 show at Hyde Park will surely be in high demand, and will be going on sale to the public starting this Friday, Feb. 2 at 9 a.m. EST.
Excited to announce that @PaulSimonMusic will be closing our 2018 event!— BST Hyde Park (@BSTHydePark) January 30, 2018
Paul will headline on Sunday 15th July with very special guests @JamesTaylor_com & His All-Star Band, @TheBonnieRaitt and more TBA…
Tickets go on sale at 9am on Friday. See you all there! 🎉 pic.twitter.com/h51KPRcntw