Paul Simon was born in Newark. So even though his family moved to Queens, N.Y., when he was very young, it is fitting that he will bring the final leg of his Homeward Bound: The Farewell Tour to the city’s Prudential Center, Sept. 15.
Simon also announced, today, Madison Square Garden shows Sept. 20-21, as well as a tour finale in New York, Sept. 22, at a venue to be announced.
Forest Hills Stadium, near where Simon grew up? Central Park? Yankee Stadium? With Art Garfunkel? Other guests? Let the speculation begin. Details will be “announced soon,” according to a press release.
Tickets to the Newark and Madison Square Garden shows go on sale March 16 at 9 a.m., with various pre-sales beginning March 13 at 10 a.m. for Newark, March 13 at 9 a.m. for The Garden; visit paulsimon.com, prucenter.com or msg.com.
Price ranges are about $70 to $190 for all three shows.
In February, Simon released a statement on his farewell tour, saying:
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.
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. Sadly, we lost our lead guitarist and my friend of 30 years, Vincent N’guini, who died last December. His loss is not the only reason I’ve decided to stop touring, but it is a contributing factor. Mostly, though, I feel the travel and time away from my wife and family takes a toll that detracts from the joy of playing. I’d like to leave with a big Thank You to the many folks around the world who’ve come out to watch me play over the last 50 years.
After this coming tour, I anticipate doing the occasional performance in a (hopefully) acoustically pristine hall, and to donate those earnings to various philanthropic organizations, particularly those whose objective is to save the planet, ecologically.
Once again, 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.