Sunday, May 19, 2024

Paul Simon’s Retirement is Over After Just Nine Months: He’s Headlining a Festival in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park in August


Like Cher and The Who, Paul Simon‘s retirement is over.

Last fall, he played his “final” shows in New York. But they were so lackluster, and he even seemed surprised he’d announced the end of his touring. There was no Garfunkel, and the whole thing kind of dissipated as it sputtered to an end.

Of course, there was a loophole: he’d do one-off shows for good causes. And now, with a year off come August, Rhymin’ Simon is back. I actually feel better it worked out this way.

Simon will headline something called Outside Lands on August 11th, which coincidentally the weekend of the 50th anniversary Woodstock shows. The San Francisco show sounds like it will be the anti-thesis of the crazy Woodstock-related festivals. Outside Lands in San Fran is eco-oriented.

Simon says on his website: “I’m looking forward with great anticipation to playing at Golden Gate Park this summer. This will be my first appearance there, and it’s an honor to join the long line of musicians who’ve given the park its sanctified musical heritage. I’m equally pleased to be playing in San Francisco with its well-deserved reputation for being in the forefront of environmental issues. I’m grateful for the opportunity to be of service to this vital cause.”

The full line up will be announced this coming week. I’ll bet Jackson Browne is one of the performers.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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