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Paul Simon announces that upcoming tour will be his last

Paul Simon at Global Citizen Festival on Sept.

Paul Simon at Global Citizen Festival on Sept. 22, 2016, in New York. Credit: AP / Julie Jacobson

Paul Simon plans to retire after his upcoming tour, though he says he still plans to perform occasionally.

“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 wrote on his website. “Now I know: it feels a little unsettling, a touch exhilarating, and something of a relief.”

Simon, 76, will launch “Homeward Bound — The Farewell Tour” on May 16 in Vancouver and it is set to run through July 15 in London. There is no New York show currently scheduled, though he said, he anticipates doing the “occasional performance” at fundraisers for “various philanthropic organizations, particularly those whose objective is to save the planet, ecologically.”

“I love making music, my voice is still strong, and my band is a tight, extraordinary group of gifted musicians,” he wrote, adding that he still thinks about music constantly. “Sadly, we lost our lead guitarist and my friend of 30 years, 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.”

When Simon performed at Forest Hills Stadium, just blocks from where he grew up, in 2016, he raised the possibility of retirement and he seemed to soak in the atmosphere as the crowd cheered him and every Queens reference he made. “I’m trying to get over whether it’s strange or some beautiful dream,” he told the crowd.

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