Paul Simon's farewell tour comes to a close

Paul Simon played the final show of his Homeward Bound Farewell Tour Saturday night.

The 76-year-old singer-songwriter brought it all back home to where he started, Flushing Meadows Corona Park in Queens, New York, near the neighborhood near where he grew up.

During the course of his 20-song set, he:

  • Spoke to the crowd about going to high school so nearby the venue.
  • Reminisced about playing high school baseball and acted it out by bringing out his glove and a ball, which he tossed into the audience three times -- until he got a nice hard throw back that he could catch in the mitt.
  • Danced during the Zydeco breakdown to "That Was Your Mother."
  • Brought out wife Edie Brickell to do the whistled break on “Me and Julio Down By the Schoolyard.”
  • Didn't mention former partner Art Garfunkel by name, although he made reference to having given "Bridge Over Troubled Water" "away" to him, before singing it himself. 
  • Ended with "The Sound of Silence."

But he had one last thing to say to the crowd. With his arms raised in the air and a hint of mistiness in his eyes, he told them “it means more than you can know.” (Billboard, Rolling Stone)

 
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