Paul Simon

It’s unclear whether this will be his final live show ever, but the name of the recently announced show by legendary singer-songwriter Paul Simon does give fans pause for thought.

The show, billed as Homeward Bound: The Farewell Performance, will take place on July 15, in London’s Hyde Park and will also feature sets by James Taylor & His All-Star Band and Bonnie Raitt. The show will be the closing performance of the British Summer Time festival, which will also see performances from Roger Waters, Eric Clapton, Bruno Mars, the Cure and Michael Bublé through the week.

So far, this is the only Paul Simon show announced for 2018. He’s toured extensively since the release of his last album, 2016’s Stranger To Stranger, but he’s also voiced a desire to step away from touring. In a 2016 article in the New York Times – one that focuses largely on his age – Simon is quoted as saying, “Showbiz doesn't hold any interest for me … I am going to see what happens if I let go. Then I’m going to see, who am I? Or am I just this person that was defined by what I did? And if that’s gone, if you have to make up yourself, who are you?"

Given that Simon went on to tour widely since the interview, it’s hard to say where exactly he is on the subject. Of course, Simon has consistently put out new boundary-pushing music through a career running more than five decades, without resorting to resting on his (considerable) laurels and no fan would grudge him a well-earned retirement.

As of now, there’s been no official statement from Simon, though expect one in due course.