On January 30, 2018, Paul Simon announced his “Farewell” performance to take place on the final night of the British Summer Time festival on July 15, 2018. Simon plans to perform in a familiar location for his career finale as Hyde Park in London has heard his tunes before. So far, fellow 1960s and 1970s music performer James Taylor is slated to perform before Simon’s performance. The announcement of other performers will take place on the day tickets become available—February 2, 2018.
Though the show is billed as a “Farewell” performance, it is not clear if Simon means the performance to be his last touring performance or to mean he is retiring from the music scene altogether. After seven decades in the music industry, Simon has shown an inclination to quit the business. In 2016 when he indicated in a New York Times interview that showbiz no longer interested him.
Paul Simon’ career boomed after the duo of Simon & Garfunkel produced the soundtrack of the blockbuster film The Graduate. In 1970, Simon split with Garfunkel to perform in solo settings. Simon is enrolled in the Rock n’ Roll Hall of Fame as a solo performer.
Fellow 1970s performer, James Taylor, is a singer-songwriter that mirrored the sense of loss that dominated the 1960s. His emotionally charged music appeals to an audience across the social spectrum. The winner of six Grammy Awards, James Taylor is still a force to be reckoned with in the music world.
Together, Simon and Taylor created and explored the mysticism behind the 60s movement. From sublime metaphors to outright statements, the two singer-songwriters have influenced the exploration of music in the pop culture, creating movements within the movement promoting peaceful thought and equality for all.
The performance on July 15, 2018, will close the 2018 British Summer Festival with a flourish. Hyde Park can hold up to 150,000 people, and the bets are that the tickets will sell out in February.