Paul Simon Begins Farewell Tour In Vancouver

Famed singer-songwriter Paul Simon kicked off his Homeward Bound: The Farewell Tour on Wednesday night at the Rogers Arena in Vancouver, British Columbia. The run is expected to be Simon’s last and wraps up with three shows in New York City between September 20 – 22. Paul played 25 songs in Vancouver with a massive band that included a horn section and strings.

The legendary performer opened with “America” from his time in Simon & Garfunkel. Paul then worked through solo classics “50 Ways To Leave Your Lover,” “The Boy In The Bubble” and “Dazzling Blue.” Last night’s concert was heavy on material from 1986’s Graceland as Simon performed “Diamonds On The Soles Of Her Shoes,” “Graceland,” “That Was Your Mother” and “You Can Call Me Al” in addition to “The Boy In The Bubble.” The Rhythm Of The Saints was also well represented by “The Obvious Child,” “The Cool, Cool River,” “Spirit Voices” and “Can’t Run But.”

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A report from The Globe & Mail noted Paul Simon was aided by chamber ensemble yMusic for rarities “Can’t Run But” and “Rene & Georgette Magritte With Their Dog After The War.” Paul recorded the latter song for 1983’s Hearts & Bones. Simon told the crowd he was inspired by a caption for a photograph in a book of artist Rene Magritte’s paintings he was looking through at Joan Baez’s house to come up with the title “Rene & Georgette Magritte With Their Dog After The War” as per The Globe & Mail.

Paul Simon and his band ended the concert with a series of three encores. The first included “Homeward Bound” and “Mrs. Robinson” from the Simon & Garfunkel days as well as a cover of Junior Parker’s “Mystery Train” and the solo hit “Still Crazy After All These Years.” Last night’s second encore featured the title track from Graceland plus Simon & Garfunkel’s “The Boxer” and the beloved One Trick Pony cut “Late In The Evening.” Simon said farewell with “Questions For The Angels” off So Beautiful Or So What and a solo acoustic “The Sound Of Silence.”

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Watch a series of fan-shot videos from opening night thanks to Whistlerskiboy:

[Me & Julio Down By The Schoolyard]

[Rene & Georgette Magritte With Their Dog After The War]

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[El Condor Pasa (If I Could)]

[Diamonds On The Soles Of Her Shoes]

[You Can Call Me Al]

[Homeward Bound]

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[Graceland]

[The Boxer]

[Late In The Evening]

[The Sound Of Silence]

Setlist

Paul Simon at Rogers Arena

  • 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
  • Rene and Georgette Magritte With Their Dog After the War  
  • Can't Run But
  • Spirit Voices
  • The Obvious Child
  • El Condor Pasa (If I Could)  
  • The Cool, Cool River
  • Diamonds on the Soles of Her Shoes
  • You Can Call Me Al
Encore
  • Homeward Bound  
  • Mystery Train  
  • Mrs. Robinson  
  • Still Crazy After All These Years
Encore
  • Graceland
  • The Boxer  
  • Late in the Evening
  • Questions for the Angels  
  • The Sound of Silence  
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