Taaly Silberstein from Tarzana, California
This was my fifth Paul Simon concert (including a Simon and Garfunkel reunion concert). The venue was the Hollywood Bowl, and I was a little concerned because the last time I saw him there, he seemed a little lackluster; perhaps he was no longer "still crazy after all these years." But how could I miss his farewell tour? So I went. I was not disappointed. Paul Simon peppered the concert with anecdotal stories about his songwriting process, and conducted his superb cast of musicians with aplomb. The result was a series of curated selections that well represented his vast repertoire of songs. His diction was so clear, and that allowed me to be wowed - yet again - at the genius of his lyrics. The music itself was well executed by all the musicians, and really beautiful. I would highly recommend this concert for the new Paul Simon listener as well as for the aficionado. So very worth it.
Karen Burstyn from Los Angeles, California
Paul Simon is an amazing prolific talent. Songwriter and performer! Saw him last night at the Hollywood Bowl (5/22/18) and he rocked the house. Amazing energy!! What a gift to see him perform again. I saw him in the late 1980s and again in the early 1990s in New York with the wonderful musicians from South Africa. Thrilling evening!!
Mike Ratoza from Portland, Oregon
SO AMAZING AFTER ALL THESE YEARS
The breadth of Paul Simon’s body of work beginning in the 1960s can take one’s breadth away. And Paul performed all of his great hits, and some less-we’ll-known tunes, last night in the Portland version of his Farewell Tour. Paul has played Portland in the past, to be sure, when his hair was fuller and his voice smoother. But even in his mid 70’s, his performance last night demonstrated again how amazing is his songwriting talent, his melodies, his rhymes, and his song construction. Paul and his band played his hits with a new twist, changing the presentations from the radio versions. And this is what one wants from a concert—something new, yet tethered to the original. Paul delivered, and he continues to be amazing, after all these years.
Angus McPherson from Vancouver, British Columbia
THANK YOU PAUL!! A CONCERT TO REMEMBER.
We knew going into the concert that we would not be able to hear all of his greatest songs, just hoping to hear as many songs from Bridge Over Troubled Waters and secretly hoping for specific songs like Frank Lloyd Wright, Cecilia, I am a Rock among others while knowing that I would hear The Sounds of Silence, Graceland and The Boxer. The musicians were tight and right on beat, always watching the expert directions to further enhance the music. My only regret is that it took over 53 years to see and hear the talent of Paul Simon. I figure that if your biggest regret about going to a concert is/was that you wish it could be longer or see them perform again and again then you have nothing to complain about, only praise to be given to the talent, the skills, the humanity and all around good people/ person. Thank you again, Paul for an unforgetable evening!
Linda T from NJ
PAUL SIMON AT PRUDENTIAL CENTER NEWARK, NJ
Paul Simon sounded better than ever and his back up band and singers were excellent. The concert went on for about 2.5 hours. It was a mixture of songs from him solo albums as well as his S&G days. Based on the age of the crowd, I think many of us would have liked a few more oldes. There was no Mrs. Robinson, no Cecelia, no I Am a Rock, no 59th St Bridge Song,. (just to name a few) The venue was packed. All employees are super friendly. The Prudential Center is so much easier to get in and out of than MSG. Great night.
Ray white from Los Angeles, California
GREAT SHOW BY SIIMON
Very good show by Paul simon...from classics to newer stuff, his backing band/vocalists were superb! Go so this show...
W.S. from Seattle, Washington
Too bad. Paul put on an amazing show during his SO BEAUTIFUL SO WHAT tour a few years ago; his May 2018 Seattle concert was not that. The lack of energy at this show was a major disappointment. While there doesn't seem to be a bad seat in the house at Key Arena, it didn't seem like anybody was having much fun. Perhaps his concerts later in the tour will be more festive and lively.
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