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Paul Simon's Final Show In New York
Paul Simon closes out farewell tour with euphoric hometown show (CCSS Level: Grade 6, Words: 394)
Sep 25, 2018 Culture & Entertainment
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Paul Simon ended his final concert tour under a moonlit sky on home turf Saturday, telling an audience in a park in Queens, N.Y., that their cheers "mean more than you can know."

The 76-year-old Simon isn't retiring, and hasn't ruled out occasional future performances. But he's said this is his last time out on the road, and he isn't alone among his peers; Elton John and Kiss are also doing good-bye swings.

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio introduced Simon, calling him "one of the greatest New York City artists of all time." The return to New York brought back memories of Simon's two iconic shows in Manhattan's Central Park, in 1981 with former partner Art Garfunkel and in 1991 on his own.

Simon's only guest this time was his wife, Edie Brickell, who came out to whistle the solo in Me and Julio Down By the Schoolyard. But there were many references to familiar surroundings, like when he paused and smiled at an airplane descending over the park as he prepared to sing Homeward Bound.

The former high school baseball player brought out a glove and a ball, saying he wanted to play catch. Paul Simon put down his guitar and put on a block baseball glove. "This is like two miles from where I played school baseball," he said. "It's little dark out, but you know what? I'm going to play a quick game of catch." He then lobbed the ball into the New York crowed and urged whoever caught it to throw it back. It took three attempts, but he eventually found a fan capable of hurtling it right into his glove with a satisfying smack. The crowed cheered with delight at the moment of impact and Simon let out a smile big enough to be seen from the back of the crowd.

His 26-song set covered more than 50 years of music. A staple of the 1960s folk-rock scene with Garfunkel, Simon went on to explore music from around the world as a solo artist. His band contained guitarists from Nigeria and South Africa, and a classical sextet. His recent work has been his most musically challenging, and his latest release revisits overlooked songs from the past four decades. He's a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member for both stages of his career.

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