Paul Simon ended his long touring career at home where he belongs.
The singer played the emotional final show on his farewell tour at Flushing Meadows Corona Park in Queens, New York, on Saturday.
According to The Guardian, the 76-year-old was introduced by New York Mayor Bill de Blasio, who called him “one of the greatest New York City artists of all time.”
Simon played classics from throughout his career, including “Me and Julio Down By the Schoolyard”, which happens to be set in Corona.
He also sang the Simon & Garfunkel hits “Homeward Bound”, “America”, and “Bridge Over Troubled Water”, about which he said, “I wrote it a long time ago and when I finished it, I said to myself, ‘Hmm, that’s better than I usually do.’ Then I gave it away and I didn’t sing it for a long time, though occasionally I’d try it on tours, though I never actually felt like it was mine since the original versions are so unique. But this being the final tour, I’m going to be playing my lost child.”
Rolling Stone reported that Simon closed out the show with a performance of “The Sound of Silence”, after which he put down his guitar, raised his arms in the air and said, “It means more than you can know,” before leaving the stage.