Goodbye To Paul, The King of Corona

Paul Simon
The Final Show
Flushing Meadows Corona Park

September 22

Paul Simon said goodbye to touring, doing it his way.  There was no Art Garfunkel, no Ladysmith Black Mambazo, no Don Everly, no Dion, no Chevy Chase, no bells and whistles (although wife Edie Brickell  guest-whistled) – just Paul and his incredible touring band – giving it their all, and Paul’s awesomeness, one FINAL time

(I was lucky enuff to see a tribute to Paul WITH Paul back in 2008, although there wasn’t nearly enuff Paul for my liking – but there WAS David Byrne!! so there’s that)

This can’t be the final time, can it?  Paul’s still got it.  He does!  Saw his 3rd to last show at MSG on Thursday night, and cherished every second of it!! And while Saturday’s show in the park was identical in set list (like his entire Homeward Bound tour was), the final night was 1000000000 times more emotional.  When he closed it all out, alone on stage, softly singing ‘The Sound of Silence’, and then his voice, the stage, and the crowd descended into actual silence, it was a moment I wish I could freeze in time forever, so we would never reach an end of Paul Simon on stage

I guess it’s better to go out on top, than to slip slide away. I guess

Setlist – America / 50 Ways To Leave Your Lover / The Boy in the Bubble / Dazzling Blue / That Was Your Mother / Rewrite / Mother and Child Reunion / Me and Julio Down by the Schoolyard (with Edie Brickell) / Rene and Georgette Magritte With Their Dog After the War / Can’t Run But / Bridge Over Troubled Water / Wristband / Spirit Voices / The Obvious Child / Questions for the Angels / The Cool, Cool River / Diamonds on the Soles of Her Shoes / You Can Call Me Al

Encore – Late in the Evening / Still Crazy After All These Years / Graceland

Encore 2 – Homeward Bound / Kodachrome / The Boxer / American Tune / The Sound of Silence

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