Paul Simon is retiring from touring.
The former Simon & Garfunkel star has announced his upcoming tour, named Homeward Bound – The Farewell Tour, will be his last. The North American leg of the trek will begin in May (18) in Vancouver, Canada.
“I’ve often wondered what it would feel like to reach the point where I’d consider bringing my performing career to a natural end,” a statement from Simon reads. “Now I know: it feels a little unsettling, a touch exhilarating and something of a relief.
“I love making music, my voice is still strong, and my band is a tight, extraordinary group of gifted musicians. I think about music constantly.”
“Sadly, we lost our lead guitarist and my friend of 30 years, Vincent N’guini, who died last December,” the statement continues. “His loss is not the only reason I’ve decided to stop touring, but it is a contributing factor. Mostly, though, I feel the travel and time away from my wife and family takes a toll that detracts from the joy of playing.
“I’d like to leave with a big Thank You to the many folks around the world who’ve come out to watch me play over the last 50 years…”
Simon has been contemplating retirement since last year (17), but he previously insisted talk of it was overblown.
“I actually said, ‘I’m thinking about stopping performing. What would the consequences be?’ I didn’t mean I intend to (retire),” he told Mongabay.com.
His retirement comes hot on the heels of two other rock veterans – Elton John announced his Farewell Yellow Brick Road Tour last month, days after Neil Diamond revealed Parkinson’s disease had forced him to walk away from the spotlight.