Paul Simon at the Hollywood Bowl May 23

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Review by David Scherer
special to The Tolucan Times

This show was part of Paul Simon’s “Homeward Bound – The Farewell Tour.” Another old-timer over 70 delivering a great show. With a vast songbook that ranks with the best of anyone in recording history, Simon performed for over two hours giving us his classics along with more obscure songs from recent albums.

I was worried at first with his opening number “America” which was a little off-key in parts. But he rebounded on the next number (his 1975 hit “50 Ways To Leave Your Lover”) and I had no worries the rest of the evening.

And what a crack band. He’s always been able to get great musicians to tour with and this group was no exception. Tour veterans along with some newbies, these 12 musicians played over two dozen different instruments throughout the night. Accordions never sounded so good. And he had more percussion on stage than a Santana concert.

One humorous moment came in the encore of “American Tune.” He was solo on stage and the video screens were shut off.  Then all of sudden they popped on with their rotating adverts of upcoming shows and the venue’s no smoking policy. Kind of disconcerting during such a serious song.

Highlights were too numerous to mention. Even the lesser known songs (and there were plenty) were wonderful due to great arrangements. And he always has a great sound engineer on board.

He will be missed – but at least he’s going out on a high note.

 

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