Paul Simon retired from touring back in 2018. After being rejuvenated by his latest album, ‘Seven Psalms,’ Simon says he's open to touring, but hearing loss in his left ear is preventing him from doing so.
Simon told Mojo magazine, "I haven’t figured out how to perform with the hearing loss. I’ve tried to rehearse with the guys in my touring band to see if I could manage it, [but] I can’t so far."
The legendary singer-songwriter isn’t done making music though. Paul said, “I have three songs in motion. One of them is finished. It feels like a half-step beyond what Seven Psalms is, evolving into something else... I love making music. My voice is still strong, and my band is a tight, extraordinary group of gifted musicians. I think about music constantly. I am very grateful for a fulfilling career and, of course, most of all to the audiences who heard something in their music that touched their hearts.”
On the subject of that final tour in 2018, he said, "I’ve often wondered what it would feel like to reach the point where I’d consider bringing my performing career to a natural end. Now I know: it feels a little unsettling, a touch exhilarating and something of a relief.”
Simon's last performance was last summer at the Newport Folk Festival in Newport, Rhode Island.
[Source: Classic Hits Today]