Paul Simon announces farewell shows

The 76-year-old musician will retire from live performance with a Homeward Bound tour that takes in Europe and the US

Paul Simon has revealed that he will retire from live performance this year following a series of shows in the US and Europe.

The Homeward Bound tour will include UK dates in Manchester and Glasgow, and will conclude with a show in London’s Hyde Park on 15 July.

In a statement posted on Twitter, Simon described his retirement as a “natural end” to his performing career that felt “something of a relief”, citing the strain of time away from his wife and family as the reason behind his decision. He also mentioned his lead guitarist Vincent Nguini, noting that his death in December was a “contributing factor”. Simon said that he expected to do the “occasional performance” for charity following the tour’s conclusion.

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