Paul Simon announces retirement from touring, farewell tour

Paul Simon announced his retirement from touring today, citing as reasons the recent loss of his band’s lead guitarist as well as a desire to spend time with his family.

Simon, 76, released the following statement regarding his decision, adding that he doesn’t plan on retiring from playing shows altogether:

Simon also announced his farewell tour, which will run from May to July and will carry him across North America and Europe. Here’s a look at the dates:

Homeward Bound: The Farewell Tour:

May 16: Vancouver, BC (Rogers Arena)
May 18: Seattle, WA (Key Arena)
May 19: Portland, OR (MODA Center)
May 22: Los Angeles, CA (Hollywood Bowl)
May 23: Los Angeles, CA (Hollywood Bowl)
May 25: Oakland, CA (Oracle Arena)
May 27: Las Vegas, NV (MGM Grand Garden Arena)
May 30: Denver, CO (Fiddler’s Green)
June 1: Dallas, TX (American Airlines Arena)
June 2: Houston, TX (Toyota Center)
June 4: Austin, TX (Frank Erwin Center)
June 6: Chicago, IL (United Center)
June 8: St. Paul, MN (Xcel Energy Center)
June 10: Detroit, MI (DTE Energy Center)
June 12: Toronto, ON (Air Canada Centre)
June 13: Montreal, QC (Bell Centre)
June 15: Boston, MA (TD Garden)
June 16: Philadelphia, PA (Wells Fargo Center)
June 19: Greensboro, NC (Greensboro Coliseum)
June 20: Nashville, TN (Bridgestone Arena)
June 30: Stockholm, SWEDEN (Ericsson Globe)
July 1: Oslo, NORWAY (Spektrum)
July 3: Copenhagen, DENMARK (Royal Arena)
July 5: Antwerp, BELGIUM (Sportpaleis)
July 7: Amsterdam, HOLLAND (Ziggo Dome)
July 10: Manchester, UK (Manchester Arena)
July 11: Glasgow, UK (SSE Hydro)
July 13: Dublin, IRELAND (RDS Arena)
July 15: London, UK (Hyde Park, BST Festival)

Click here for ticket information.

Photo: By Matthew Straubmuller (imatty35) ( [CC BY 2.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons

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