“The Sound of Silence” – it’s both a beloved Paul Simon tune and the only thing you’ll hear coming from the singer/songwriter’s tour bus later this summer, when he wraps up “Homeward Bound – The Farewell Tour.”
Simon, 76, is the latest in a string of music legends who’ve announced their own retirements/retirement tours in recent months, including Elton John, Neil Diamond, Ozzy Osbourne and Lynyrd Skynyrd. He kicks off his farewell tour in Vancouver on May 16, then crosses North American and Europe on a 28-date swing that culminates with a final show in London on July 15, which will feature appearances by James Taylor and Bonnie Raitt.
“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,” he said in a statement. “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 my music that touched their hearts.”