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After 50 Years, Paul Simon Announces His Farewell Tour

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After a long career of 50 years of travelling and touring, Paul Simon is finally hanging up the guitar. The Newark, New Jersey-born singer-songwriter, 76, is at a point where he’s ready to retire, and who could blame him?

Simon says the end is as much of a relief as it is unsettling. What do you do when you stop doing that which brought you wild success for 2/3 of your life? He attributed the decision to the death of his long time guitarist Victor N’guini, as well as missing his family too much while out on the road.

Simon will start the “Homeward Bound – Farewell Tour” in Vancouver this May, and he says he will still be doing some small live performances occasionally. This time around, most of the proceeds will go to organizations for environmental concerns.

The tour will make stops in Canada, the US, and Europe. For those of you on the East Coast hoping to catch a New York show, there aren’t any listed yet unfortunately. But he’ll be in Boston on June 15th, and Philadelphia the following day. If you can’t make either of those, catch him in Nashville on the 20th before he heads across the pond.

Read the farewell note he posted on Twitter below:

[via NY Daily News]

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