Paul Simon confirmed the upcoming spring and summer dates for his "Homeward Bound Farewell Tour" on Monday. 

Paul Simon confirmed the upcoming spring and summer dates for his "Homeward Bound Farewell Tour" on Monday. 

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Following last week’s announcement that Paul Simon would be playing a one-off, “Farewell Performance” at London’s Hyde Park this July, fans in America were probably left confused as to whether or not the summer concert would really be the final show for the iconic rocker. Simon put any speculation to rest on Monday morning, as the 76-year-old announced that he would indeed be performing around North America one last time under a “Homeward Bound - The Farewell Tour” banner.

The North American leg on his farewell tour, which could stretch well throughout the rest of 2018, will start in Vancouver on May 16, and runs until June 20 with a show in Nashville. He’ll then head over to Stockholm for the European leg starting on June 30, and will play in countries including Denmark, The Netherlands and Ireland leading up to his previously announced Hyde Park gig with Bonnie Raitt and James Taylor on July 15. Simon’s spring-into-summer tour schedule includes stops at mostly major cities around the U.S. and Canada, sans New York City. Fans should assume that he’ll reveal more dates as the year progresses, with possible final shows coming in the singer’s hometown of New York City before it's all said and done.

The reasons for Simon deciding to finally hang up his touring uniform are similar to why many artists find being on the road so much more difficult as father time begins to make a bigger impact on everyday life. Simon revealed his own reasons in a statement shared via his social media outlets on Monday.

“I love making music, my voice is still strong, and my band is a tight, extraordinary group of gifted musicians,” Simon started out in a letter shared to his Facebook page on Monday. “Sadly, we lost our lead guitarist and my friend of 30 years, Vincent N'guini, who died last December. His loss is not the only reason I've decided to stop touring, but it is a contributing factor. Mostly, though, I feel the travel and time away from my wife and family takes a toll that detracts from the joy of playing. I'd like to leave with a big Thank You to the many folks around the world who've come out to watch me play over the last 50 years.”

Simon also admitted that while he may be finished with touring after this final run, he also hopes to do some occasional performances here and there in more acoustic-friendly venues, with proceeds going to various “philanthropic organizations, particularly those whose objective is to save the planet, ecologically.”

A full schedule of Simon’s upcoming spring tour can be seen below. Tickets to select shows on his North American run will be going on sale to the public starting this Friday, Feb. 9, and can be purchased by clicking here.

Paul Simon Spring ‘Farewell Tour’ Dates:
May 16 – Vancouver, BC - Rogers Arena
May 18 – Seattle, WA - Key Arena
May 19 – Portland, OR - MODA Center
May 22 – Los Angeles, CA - The Hollywood Bowl
May 23 – Los Angeles, CA - The Hollywood Bowl
May 25 – Oakland, CA - Oracle Arena
May 27 – Las Vegas, NV - MGM Grand Garden Arena (Click here for tickets)
May 30 – Denver, CO - Fiddler’s Green (Click here for tickets)
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 (Click here for tickets)
June 20 – Nashville, TN - Bridgestone Arena
June 30 – Stockholm SE - Ericsson Globe
July 1 – Oslo, NO - Spketrum
July 3 – Copenhagen, DK - Royal Arena
July 5 – Antwerp, BE - Sportpaleis
July 7 – Amsterdam, NL - Ziggo Dome
July 10 – Manchester, UK - Manchester Arena
July 11 – Glasgow, K - SSE Hydro
July 13 – Dublin, IE - RDS Arena
July 15 – London, UK - Hyde Park (Click here for tickets)