Paul Simon: Reunion With Garfunkel Out Of The Question!

Paul Simon has announced what seems to be the end of Simon & Garfunkel as both a performing entity — and perhaps a lifelong friendship. In a new Rolling Stonearticle publicizing his 13th solo studio set, Stranger To Stranger, due out on June 3rd, Simon touched upon the dormant duo’s “State of The Union,” mentioning that his tour will wrap up at the recently re-opened Forest Hills Tennis Stadium — a stones throw from Simon’s childhood home in Queens, New York and the site of Simon & Garfunkel’s final concert before their split, held on July 18th, 1970.

Simon recalled the recently reopened tennis stadium — now New York City’s hippest outdoor concert venue — remembering, “It’s the first big concert venue we ever played. It was also where the final Simon & Garfunkel took place before the reunions that came many years later.” When asked about a future teamup with Art Garfunkel, Simon “sternly” replied: “No, out of the question. We don’t even talk.”

  • Back in May 2015, Garfunkel slammed Simon for continuing full force on his solo career, seemingly oblivious to both Garfunkel and their fans’ pleas for yet another Simon & Garfunkel reunion, saying he had “created a monster” by befriending and supporting Simon while school kids back in Queens and referred to Simon alternately as a “jerk” and an “idiot” for splitting with him in 1971 at the peak of the duo’s success. Garfunkel also went on to agree with the interviewer who suggested that the five-foot, three-inch Simon might suffer from a “Napoleon complex.”
  • After that, during Garfunkel’s chat with The Guardian, he once again touched upon his relationship with Simon, saying, “Paul Simon is a man who has enormously enriched my life, period. . . we’ve enriched each other’s lives. What would have been his life if his friend Artie didn’t sing so good and been so good and produced those records so good? What would it have been? Something smaller.”
  • When we last caught up with Art Garfunkel, we asked him about the status of his relationship with Paul Simon these days: “I observe myself as a man who is devoted to music and musicianship. And if somebody is your old friend from the old neighborhood, and he’s a brilliant musician, you are very deeply connected to him. Because the music has captured you. So, I can see how much a blood brother Paul Simon is because his musicianship is first rate.”

Paul Simon tour dates (subject to change):
April 29 – New Orleans, LA – New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival at Fairgrounds Racecourse
May 1 – Memphis, TN  – Beale Street Music Festival at Tom Lee Park
May 3 – Atlanta, GA- Fox Theater
May 4 – Birmingham, AL – BJCC Concert Hall
May 6 – Tulsa, OK – Hard Rock Hotel & Casino – The Joint
May 7 – Thackerville, OK – Winstar Casino
May 8 – Dallas, TX – AT&T Performing Arts Center
May 10, 11 – Austin, TX – Bass Concert Hall
May 14, 15 – Nashville, TN – Ryman Auditorium
May 18 – Des Moines, IA – Civic Center
May 19 – Lincoln, NE – Pinewood Bowl Theater
May 20 – Denver, CO – Bellco Theatre
May 22 – Salt Lake City, UT – Maverick Center
May 23 – Boise, ID – Botanical Gardens
May 25 – Portland, OR – Schnitzer Concert Hall
May 26 – Vancouver, BC – Queen Elizabeth Theatre
May 28, 29 – Woodinville, WA – Chateau St. Michelle
June 1 – Los Angeles, CA – Hollywood Bowl
June 3, 4 – Berkeley, CA – Greek Theatre
June 5 – Santa Barbara, CA – Santa Barbara Bowl
June 11 – Kansas City, MO – Starlight
June 12 – St. Louis, MO – Fox Theatre
June 14, 15 – Minneapolis, MN – Orpheum Theatre
June 18 – Highland Park, IL – The Pavillion At Ravinia Park
June 19 – Rochester Hills, MI – Meadow Brook
June 21 – Toronto, ON – Sony Centre
June 22 – Montreal, QC – Place Des Arts
June 24 – Boston, MA – Blue Hills Bank Pavilion
June 25 – Philadelphia, PA – Mann Center for the Performing Arts
June 27, 28 – Vienna, VA – Filene Center At Wolf Trap
June 30 – Forest Hills, NY – Forest Hills Tennis Stadium
July 1 – Forest Hills, NY – Forest Hills Tennis Stadium

Paul Simon’s 2006 track “Sure Don’t Feel Like Love”:

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