Music legend Paul Simon ended his farewell live performance tour at Flushing Meadows Park Saturday evening, performing poignantly where his profession began: the borough of Queens, dwelling to “Rosie, the Queen of Corona.”
“Hey, my associates,” he greeted his cheering crowd. “That is two miles from where I performed highschool baseball in Forest Hills,” stated Simon, 76, who wrote his first music in Queens as a child of 13.
The live performance opened underneath a full moon with “America,” the Simon & Garfunkel traditional from their album, “Bookends.”
Taking part in to an viewers that ranged from older followers to infants of their mother and father’ arms, Simon adopted with “50 Methods to Depart Your Lover,” his solely solo No. 1 hit.
His spouse, musician Edie Brickell, was on stage to whistle alongside to “Me and Julio Down by the Schoolyard.”
Listeners rose from their blankets and garden chairs to bounce alongside to the crowd-pleaser, “You Can Name Me Al.”
Different hits carried out had been “The Boy within the Bubble,” from “Graceland,” and S&G classics “Mom and Youngster Reunion” and “Bridge Over Troubled Water” backed by strings.
Simon paused afterward to reward “Bridge” as coated by the good, and now late, Aretha Franklin.
“It was good for the individuals who get pleasure from him, who’re from New York,” famous Queens native Dominick Valenza.
“It was a New York factor.”
Whereas he’s stated he’s stopped touring, Simon insists he’s not retiring, and he’s left the door open for infrequent performances sooner or later.