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Paul Simon Reviews

ConcertsVocal & Classic PopIndie & Rock

Average customer review: 5.0 star rating (4.8 Stars)

Number of reviews: 21



5.0 star rating Anne from New York, New York


Paul took “my” music and elevated it with genius, creative, brilliant arrangements, keeping enough of the integrity of the originals for PS purists. Every member of his band was a virtuoso. Renee Magritte was unbelievable. His string/wind arrangements were wildly intricate and the group played without charts!, for 2.5 hours. He sang acapella above them. And the world musicians all around him and the band regulars just blew my mind. For 2.5 hours the entire world was aligned perfectly. Ahhhhhhhhhh,!

5.0 star rating Gary from Washington, District of Columbia


I am an admited groupie. I saw him and his band in Philadelphia in June. My friend and I both agree that the DC performance was better than the one in Philadelphia. Several reasons. The DC crowd was much better behaved. More importantly, the band has become tighter and Ymusic much more integrated with the other musicians. The performance of "Rene and Georgia Magritte. . . " seemed disjoined in Philadelphia while it was beyond lovely in DC. The only downside was that the acoustics in DC were a notch below the acoustics in Philadelphia. I have heard Paul Simon in concert many times going back to my days as a student at the University of Pennsylvania (College '70). He never disappoints.

5.0 star rating Gus Elsner from Boynton Beach , FL


super concert at BB&T , september 8, 2018. Sang for 2.5 hours , including 2 encores. The band was complex and outstanding with brass, string and a multitude of unconventional instruments, in addition to the typical percussion and guitars. A great set list which combined some of the classics with the latest by Paul. Overall, a concdert to remember, just like the central park concert minus the 485000 attendees!

5.0 star rating Dick Gordon from Greensboro, North Carolina


My wife and I saw Paul Simon Tuesday night at the Greensboro Coliseum. I went and bought very good seats the first day tickets were available. This is the music of my life; Sounds of Silence as a young teenager, to Graceland- which my young children adored. It would not matter what decade it was from the 60s to now, Paul Simon is a true genius that has helped us all piece together our collective memories. It was a truly great performance with an amazing band of modern world sounds.

5.0 star rating Michael Reed from Greensboro, North Carolina


If you have doubts about Paul Simon's ability to crank out a high energy, amazingly fresh, and superiorly orchestrated show at his over 70 years, put those doubts aside and BUY THE TICKETS! Saw the show last night at the Greensboro Colesium. Phenomenal! The band was versatile and easily went from West African rhythms to zydeco, to exquisite chamber ensemble, to dixieland, avante garde, to American classic rock and rock and roll ala Paul Simon at his finest!

5.0 star rating Seward Anderson from Greensboro, North Carolina


I first heard Paul Simon’s work in my dorm room at the University of Virginia in 1965– “ Sounds of Silence.” All who heard it were struck by the beauty and poignancy of the work. It’s 53 years later, age 77 and his voice, energy, and musical acumen are not diminished. What a fabulous performance! It was not a concert: it was a performance by 15 consummate professionals. Two hours twenty minutes of non stop auditory excitement. He finally took vocal ownership of “ Bridge Over Troubled Water” and the audience thanked him mightily. A night to remember and cherish.

5.0 star rating Catherine from Boston, Massachusetts


Saw Paul Simon’s farewell tour concert at the full-to-the-rafters Garden last night, it was a mix of sing-along and just sit and listen, mesmerized, to new arrangements of some great old chestnuts. Simon’s energy, love of music came shining through all during the over 2-1/2 hours, in fine voice, and arms open wide to his audience. Loved the band, great show!

5.0 star rating Edna bryant from Boston, Massachusetts


My first Simon concert. Wow! Hit all the notes. Drew tears with the old ballads and standing dance with rockin hits, a great anthology of his infinite talent. His voice is still boyish and clear and oh so recognizable! And the mini orchestra was especially talented. The sound at the Garden makes live fun again. One gets the feeling Paul and company are really savoring this one. As am I! Boston is a great place to do it up! Hotels in walking distance along the Charles River with many dining/drinking options before or after show. So glad we went!

5.0 star rating Mark Mattera from Revere, Massachusetts


Saw Simon and Garfunkel in 2003 here in Boston and thought that this performance couldn't match that one. Thinking that a 70+ singer couldn't hit the notes he once did, and also thinking it would be a short unenthusiastic Paul...I was wrong on all counts and very pleasantly surprised. Terrific show. Terrific back up musicians. I hope his last stop on his Homeward Bound Tour is his own New York, and that it is filmed and shown on PBS next year.

5.0 star rating Steve B. from Boston, Massachusetts


Just saw the Boston show at TD Center-A beautiful, 2-1/2 hour performance (including encores) by Paul and his incredibly talented band. About 2 dozen songs were performed- from megahits to some lesser known ones. He weaved in humorous anecdotes between some of the songs, and seemed to feed off the energy of a very loving audience.My highlights-a very personal "Bridge" (quite different without Garfunkel but still great in Simon's style), a soulful "American Tune" that still resonates today, 45 years after Paul wrote it, "You Can Call Me Al" which really got the place hopping, and the very humorous "Wrist Band". Catch this show if you can-it's just about perfect! And suitable for the whole family.

5.0 star rating Dr Bob Breen from Dallas, Texas


Amazing concert. Great rapport with the audience. One of the best bands I've ever heard in over 50 years of concerts. Would go again if he tours again

5.0 star rating Olga Sepulveda from Dallas, Texas


Paul Simon could not of made it any more perfect. From start to finish he he was incredible. His voice was never better. His band just mesmerized you on their talent. You clung to every word he spoke and every song he sang. No one wanted it to end. Thank you Paul Simon for your contribution to the World with your music.

5.0 star rating Pam from Las Vegas, Nevada


One of the best concerts I’ve ever attended. Paul was an expert showman, and so energetic. His band was tight and his voice smooth. Came out for two encores. Great variety . Seriously could not get enough. If you have a chance to attend, don’t pass it up!

5.0 star rating J A Christiansen from Portland, Oregon


Paul SImon was beautiful and charming. All of the musicians were fabulous!!! A wonderful night of music and nostalgia!!! We were pleased with our sears, Sec 112. We do wish people would not stand up for so many of the songs. (Paul actually encouraged dancing. darn) We took Lyft and it was very timely.

5.0 star rating 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.

5.0 star rating 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!!

5.0 star rating Mike Ratoza from Portland, Oregon


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.

5.0 star rating Angus McPherson from Vancouver, British Columbia


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!

4.0 star rating Linda T from 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.

4.0 star rating Ray white from Los Angeles, California


Very good show by Paul simon...from classics to newer stuff, his backing band/vocalists were superb! Go so this show...

3.0 star rating 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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