QUEENS, New York (CelebrityAccess) — Legendary singer, songwriter and recording artist Paul Simon announced that he will perform the final concert of his current Farewell Tour Flushing Meadows Corona Park in Queens.
Set for Saturday, September 22nd, the concert will see Simon and his band performing material drawn from his decades-long career, as well as a “unique selection of songs the artist has selected for this once-in-a-lifetime show.”
Simon will be donating all personal net-proceeds from the event to a previously-selected cause, which will be announced at a later date.
“It seems more like fate than coincidence that I should do the final show on this final tour at Flushing Meadows Corona Park. I could have ridden my bike from home to the park in about 20 minutes, when I was a kid. But this is less a goodbye than a farewell. Thank you all for the ride, I had a great time,” Simon said of the final show.
The concert will also be the first major concert held at Flushing Meadows Corona Park in decades.
“On behalf of NYC Parks, we’re elated and excited that Paul chose to hold this historic final concert in his home borough of Queens. They say you can never go home, but actually you can,” said NYC Parks Commissioner Mitchell J. Silver, FAICP. “In summer, there’s no better place to enjoy live music than outdoors in a City park, and what a night this will be.”
Tickets for Paul Simon’s Homeward Bound – The Farewell Performance at Flushing Meadows Corona Park will go on sale beginning Friday, June 29 at 10 a.m. The concert will be produced by The Bowery Presents and Madison House Presents.
Simon announced his plans to retire from touring in February, after the death of his longtime lead guitarist Vincent N’guini, who died last December.
“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 wrote in an open letter to his fans in February.