A cancelled concert in 1966

Thanks to Lars Fyledal from Sweden we now know that Simon & Garfunkel were booked for a concert on July 3rd 1966 in Sweden’s Liseberg (Gothenburg).

According to Lars the concert was cancelled because of throat problems of Paul Simon.

A Swedish newspaper writes:

Liseberg snuvas på Simon & Garfunkel

Simon & Garfunkel är bokade för en spelning på Pop In söndagen den 3 juli. Duon, bestående av Paul Simon och Art Garfunkel, slog igenom något år tidigare med The Sound of Silence och kommer till Göteborg som en av USA:s hetaste akter.


Men någon spelning blir det inte. Paul Simon får problem med halsen och tvingas kasta in handduken. Därför hamnar Simon & Garfunkel på listan över ”världsstjärnor som nästan uppträdde på Liseberg”.

Lars translates it for us:

Liseberg (Gothenburg) loses Simon & Garfunkel

Simon & Garfunkel is booked for a concert in Pop In on sunday the 3d of July. The duo, consisting of Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel, had a breakthrough some year earlier with The Sounds of Silence is coming to Gotheburg as one of the hottest acts in USA. But there was no gig. Paul Simon got problem with his throat and the gig is cancelled. Simon & Garfunkel gets on the list of “worldfamous stars that nearly performed at Liseberg”.

Was it realy a throat problem, because they did perform on July 3rd, in Stockholm:

1966-07-03 Tyrolen, Gröna Lund, Stockholm


“Bookends” – 50th Anniversary

Now 50 years ago, on the 3rd of April in 1968 Columbia released the album:

Bookends / Simon & Garfunkel


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Some facts:

Side A:

01 Bookends theme -> recorded in 1968 (no specific date known at this time)
02 Save the life of my child -> recorded / finsjed on December 14, 1967
03 America -> recorded/finished on February 1, 1968
04 Overs -> recorded/finished October 16, 1968
05 Voices of old people -> recorded/finished February 6, 1968
06 Old friends -> recorded 1968 )no specific date known at this time)
07 Bookends theme -> recorded in 1968 (no specific date known at this time)

Side B:

01 Fakin’ it-> recorded/finished June 1967
02 Punky’s dilemma -> recorded/finished October 5, 1967
03 Mrs. Robinson -> recorded/finshed February 2, 1968
04 A hazy shade of winter -> recorded/finished September 7, 1966
05 At the zoo -> recorded/finished January 8, 1967

Recorded in the same period but not on the album:

  • You don’t know where your interest lies

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Columbia 4-43873 Canad Side A

Side A is musical story of persons: from young, through growing up and ending the “old folks home”. Wonderful songs like Overs and America. Still after 50 years very intruiging. In 1968 one could only wonder….where will they take us next?

While side A is the conceptual part of the album, Side B is for the a compilation of (hit)singles they had released in the past year. With B-sides from “Parsley Sage Rosemary & Thyme”.

As far as I can tell there’s no new release coming to this anniversay , just like Legacy Recordings did with “Bridge over trobled water”. Which is shame, because there will be still some nice recordings in the archives of Columbia that did not make it to the album or even to vinyl at all. Songs like:

  • Groundhog

For now, enjoy one of the best albums of 1968!






Extra shows added to The Final tour

Paul Simon added some concerts in the United States after the dates in Europe:

According to http://www.paulsimon.com these are the final dates.

Farewell Tour in the Press

2018-02-06 Paul Simon Volkskrabnt
Dutch newspaper “De Volkskrant”

Well the announcement that the upcoming tour will be the last one Paul Simon will do, made the press worldwide of course.

On the left from The Netherlands, in which it is said that it is becoming a trend to announce that you are stopping touring, although the reason’s may differ:

  • Neil Diamond had to stop because he was diagnosed with Parkinson
  • Elton John will stop, after a tour of 300 shows

And another one from the English The Guardian:

2018 Guardian Paul Simon



Art Garfunkel also in Amsterdam

Art Garfunkel is touring at the moment in the USA and will bring him to Europe as well:

Source: HH

Jan 12, 2018 Capitol Theatre Clearwater, FL
Jan 13, 2018 Capitol Theatre Clearwater, FL
Jan 14, 2018 Hayes Hall at Artis Naples, FL
Jan 16, 2018 Sharon Morse PAC The Villages, FL
Jan 18, 2018 Parker Playhouse Fort Lauderdale, FL
Jan 25, 2018 The Palladium Carmel, IN
Jan 26, 2018 Mendel Center Benton Harbor, MI
Jan 27, 2018 Palace Theatre Canton, OH
Feb 5, 2018 Charleston Music Hall Charleston, SC
Feb 6, 2018 Wilson Center Wilmington, NC
Feb 8, 2018 Carolina Theater Greensboro, NC
Feb 10, 2018 City Winery Atlanta, GA
Feb 11, 2018 City Winery Atlanta, GA
Mar 9, 2018 Elgin Community College Arts Center Elgin, IL
Mar 10, 2018 Wentz Concert Hall Naperville, IL
Apr 17, 2018 Gallo Center for the Arts Modesto, CA
Apr 19, 2018 Fox Theatre Redwood City, CA
Apr 20, 2018 Golden State Theatre Monterey, CA
Apr 21, 2018 The Uptown Theatre Napa, CA
Apr 27, 2018 Balboa Theatre San Diego, CA
Apr 28, 2018 Lancaster Performing Arts Center Lancaster, CA
Apr 29, 2018 Walt Disney Concert Hall Los Angeles, CA
May 10, 2018 Concord City Auditorium Concord, NH
May 11, 2018 City Winery Boston, MA
May 12, 2018 City Windery Boston, MA
May 31, 2018 Royal Albert Hall London, England
June 10, 2018 Vaerket Randers, Denmark
June 12, 2018 DK Koncerthuset Copenhagen, Denmark

Announced today is that May 29th, 2018, will bring Art Garfunkel to Amsterdam where he will be playing in Koninklijk (royal) Theater Carré.


Tickets will go on sale on friday February 9th.

Tour Dates 2018 “Homeward Bound – The farewell tour”

MAY 16, 2018 Vancouver, BC Rogers Arena
MAY 18, 2018 Seattle, WA Key Arena
MAY 19, 2018 Portland, OR MODA Center
MAY 22, 2018 Los Angeles, CA Hollywood Bowl
MAY 23, 2018 Los Angeles, CA Hollywood Bowl
MAY 25, 2018 Oakland, CA Oracle Arena
MAY 27, 2018 Las Vegas, NV MGM Grand Garden Arena
MAY 30, 2018 Denver, CO Fiddler’s Green
JUNE 01, 2018 Dallas, TX American Airlines Arena
JUNE 02, 2018 Houston, TX Toyota Center
JUNE 04, 2018 Austin, TX Frank Erwin Center
JUNE 06, 2018 Chicago, IL United Center
JUNE 08, 2018 St. Paul, MN Xcel Energy Center
JUNE 10, 2018 Detroit, MI DTE Energy Center
JUNE 12, 2018 Toronto, ON Air Canada Centre
JUNE 13, 2018 Montreal, QC Bell Centre
JUNE 15, 2018 Boston, MA TD Garden
JUNE 16, 2018 Philadelphia, PA Wells Fargo Center
JUNE 19, 2018 Greensboro, NC Greensboro Coliseum
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JUNE 20, 2018 Nashville, TN Bridgestone Arena
JUNE 30, 2018 Stockholm, Sweden Ericsson Globe
JULY 01, 2018 Oslo, Norway Spektrum
JULY 03, 2018 Copenhagen, Denmark Royal Arena more info » ON SALE SOON
JULY 05, 2018 Antwerp, Belgium Sportpaleis more info » ON SALE SOON
JULY 07, 2018 Amsterdam, Holland Ziggo Dome more info » ON SALE SOON
JULY 10, 2018 Manchester, UK Manchester Arena more info » ON SALE SOON
JULY 11, 2018 Glasgow, UK SSE Hydro more info » ON SALE SOON
JULY 13, 2018 Dublin, Ireland ROS Arena
JULY 15, 2018 London, UK Hyde Park BST Festival

From http://www.paulsimon.com:

Legendary songwriter, recording artist and performer Paul Simon, will embark on his farewell concert tour on May 16 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada at Rogers Arena. Homeward Bound – The Farewell Tour will encompass shows across North America, the United Kingdom and Europe, with Simon and his band bringing to the stage a stunning, career-spanning repertoire of timeless hits and classic songs which have permeated and influenced popular culture for generations.

Tickets for Paul Simon’s Homeward Bound – The Farewell Tour will go on sale beginning February 8 at 9 a.m. in Europe and February 9 at 10 a.m. in North America and the UK. The complete tour itinerary is listed below. Go to PaulSimon.com for ticketing information as it becomes available.

According to Simon, the Homeward Bound tour is a fitting culmination of a performing career that began in the early 1960s and has coincided with his artistic journey as a songwriter and recording artist until the present day.

He said of this farewell tour, “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. 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.”

Having created a distinctive and beloved body of work that includes 13 studio albums, plus five studio albums as half of Simon & Garfunkel, Paul Simon is the recipient of 16 Grammy Awards, three of which—Bridge over Troubled WaterStill Crazy after All These Years, and Graceland—were Album of the Year honorees. In 2003, he received a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award for his work in Simon & Garfunkel, and has sold more than 100 million records worldwide.

During his unparalleled career, Simon has achieved 29 Top 40 singles in the U.S. alone, with 14 of those reaching the Top 10 or higher, including “50 Ways to Leave Your Lover” (which reached #1), “Kodachrome,” “Loves Me Like A Rock,” “Mother and Child Reunion,” “Late In The Evening,” “You Can Call Me Al” and many others. With Simon & Garfunkel, he wrote and performed the #1 singles, “The Sound of Silence,” “Mrs. Robinson,” “Bridge Over Troubled Water,” and numerous other timeless hits.

Paul Simon is a member of the Songwriters Hall of Fame and has been inducted into the
Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame, both as a member of Simon & Garfunkel and as a solo artist. Simon was a recipient of the Kennedy Center Honors in 2002 and was named one of Time magazine’s “100 People Who Shape Our World” in 2006. In 2007, Simon was awarded the inaugural Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song, which recognizes the profound and positive effect of popular music on the world’s culture. He was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2011. And in 2012, he was named the recipient of the prestigious Polar Music Prize along with classical cellist Yo-Yo Ma.

Simon’s philanthropic work includes the co-founding of the Children’s Health Fund (CHF), which donates and staffs 53 mobile medical units that bring health care to low-income children and their families in urban and rural locations around the United States. Since its inception in 1987, CHF has provided more than 3 million doctor/patient visits.

Throughout his career, Simon has also raised millions of dollars for worthy causes as varied as Autism Speaks, The Nature Conservancy, CURE, Tibet House and the E.O. Wilson Biodiversity Foundation’s Half-Earth Project, which is committed to stopping the species extinction crisis by conserving half the planet’s lands and oceans.

No more touring after coming July 15th

www. PaulSimon.com just released this message:

Paul Simon stops touring

There will be one more tour, a so-called Farewell-Tour, starting May 16 th in Vancouver (Canada) and will indeed end in London on July 15th.

I think, the fans, can only respect the decision by a great artist. We thank Paul, and his band, for the great music he brought to us all those years.

Thank you Paul Simon.


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