Paul Simon has announced today that the final stop on his farewell tour will be in the borough of Queens, where the musician spent his formative years. The final show will be held on Saturday, Sept. 22 at Flushing Meadows Corona Park as a historic homeward bound event.
“It seems more like fate than coincidence that I should do the final show on this final tour at Flushing Meadows Corona Park,” Simon said in a release for the announcement. “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 and his band will bring to the stage a stunning, career-spanning repertoire of timeless hits and classics, as well as a unique selection of songs the artist has selected for this once-in-a-lifetime show. The performance will be the first major concert at Flushing Meadows Corona Park in decades and the first time Simon has played the venue.
“When Paul Simon sings ‘Homeward Bound,’ there’s no doubt he means New York,” said Mayor Bill de Blasio in the release. “The grit, beauty and complexity of this city are woven into Simon’s most haunting songs, and our greatest venues have formed the backdrop of his performing career. It’s only fitting that this son of Queens comes home to Flushing Meadows Corona Park.”
Titled Homeward Bound – The Farewell Performance, the final show of Simon’s current tour will be a celebration of a renowned touring career that began in the 1960s and has coincided with his artistic journey as a songwriter and recording artist through the present day. The Farewell Tour, announced in February, kicked off on May 16 at Rogers Arena in Vancouver, British Columbia and has already made 18 stops in Seattle, Portland, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, and Denver. Simon will play the final stop on the originally announced North American dates this evening (June 20) at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville.
“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 a release. “In summer, there’s no better place to enjoy live music than outdoors in a City park, and what a night this will be. Thank you, Paul!”
“We’re so thrilled that Paul’s final concert will be held in Flushing Meadows Corona Park, a stone’s throw away from his alma maters, Forest Hills High School and Queens College. Paul’s farewell performance will be a once-in-a-lifetime event and we’re so proud to share it with him here, in the borough of Queens,” said Congressman Joseph Crowley in a release.
In a farewell letter to fans when the original tour was announced, Simon said “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.”
“After this coming tour, I anticipate doing the occasional performance in a (hopefully) acoustically pristine hall, and to donate those earnings to various philanthropic organizations, particularly those whose objective is to save the planet, ecologically,” Simon added.
Simon will be donating all personal net-proceeds from the event to a previously-selected cause, which will be announced at a later date.
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. ET at axs.com. American Express Card Members can purchase tickets before the general public beginning Monday, June 25 at 10 a.m. ET through Thursday, June 28 at 10 p.m. ET. The event is produced by The Bowery Presents and Madison House Presents, New York City’s premier concert producers.