Paul Simon Makes ‘Austin City Limits’ Debut On Season Premiere

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Iconic performer Paul Simon made his Austin City Limits debut to kick off the PBS show’s 42nd season. Simon and his incredibly talented band presented a career-spanning hour that included songs from his time with Simon & Garfunkel up to his recently released Stranger To Stranger LP.

Paul Simon played a total of 11 songs for his ACL debut. He opens with “Boy In The Bubble” and “That Was Your Mother” from Graceland and then Simon and his nine-piece band pluck “Rewrite” off 2011’s So Beautiful Or So What before treating fans to the early solo gem “Me & Julio Down By The Schoolyard.” It was then time for the catchy “Wristband” off Stranger To Stranger. Next, the New York City native left nary a dry eye in the house with a gorgeous rendition of “Homeward Bound.”

Simon showed off his more experimental side with “The Werewolf” from his recent LP and “The Cool Cool River” from 1990’s Rhythm Of The Saints. The crowd at the Moody Theater in Austin then put on their dancing shoes for a pair of Graceland classics, “Diamonds On The Soles Of Her Shoes” and “You Can Call Me Al.” Paul brought the performance and episode to a close with a beautiful solo take on “The Sound Of Silence.”

If you missed the episode, we have you covered:

Tracklist

Boy In The Bubble, That Was Your Mother, Rewrite, Me & Julio Down By The Schoolyard, Wristband, Homeward Bound, The Werewolf, The Cool Cool River, Diamonds On The Soles Of Her Shoes, You Can Call Me Al, The Sound Of Silence