Paul Simon announces the last shows on his farewell tour

Paul Simon revealed the final leg of his farewell tour Monday, announcing 11 tour dates in September that will finish up with three shows in New York City.

The 76-year-old Simon announced his retirement from performing in February and since then has been unveiling his final tour bit by bit.

“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,” Simon said in a statement, per his official web site. “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. I am very grateful for a fulfilling career and, of course, most of all to the audiences who heard something in my music that touched their hearts.”

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Called Homeward Bound tour, Simon’s final tour is scheduled to begin in Vancouver in May. Here’s a look at the complete list of dates, along with the shows (Sept. 5-21) announced Monday.

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)
September 5: New Orleans, LA (Smoothie King Center)
September 7: Tampa, FL (Amalie Arena)
September 8: Ft. Lauderdale, FL (BB&T Center)
September 11: Orlando, FL (Amway Center)
September 12: Atlanta, GA (Cellairis Amphitheatre)
September 14: Washington, DC (Capital One Arena)
September 15: Newark, NJ (Prudential Center)
September 17: Pittsburgh, PA (PPG Paints Arena)
September 20: New York, NY (Madison Square Garden)
September 21: New York, NY (Madison Square Garden)
September 22: TBA

Tickets start going on sale for the final leg of Simon’s tour on Friday. Click here for ticket information.

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

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