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Paul Simon sets Madison Square Garden shows in final tour

Paul Simon performs at NYU Skirball Center in

Paul Simon performs at NYU Skirball Center in Manhattan on Sept. 22, 2016. Credit: Getty Images for Global Citizen / Theo Wargo

Paul Simon plans to end his final tour with three New York concerts, including two shows at Madison Square Garden and a final show at a still-unannounced location.

The two-time Rock and Roll Hall of Famer and Kennedy Center Honors recipient announced in February that he planned to retire after his “Homeward Bound – The Farewell Tour,” which kicks off May 16 in Vancouver, British Columbia.

“I feel the travel and time away from my wife and family takes a toll that detracts from the joy of playing,” Simon wrote on his website when he announced the tour. While he plans to stop touring, Simon, 76, said he still plans to perform occasionally.

Tickets for the Madison Square Garden shows on Sept. 20 and 21 go on sale at 9 a.m. Friday through Ticketmaster. The site of the Sept. 22 show, scheduled to be the final concert of the tour, has not been announced. A return to Forest Hills Stadium, a few blocks from where he grew up, would make sense, though his emotional 2016 show there felt like a farewell of its own.

Simon closed the concert, filled with Queens references, with a poignant version of “American Tune,” singing, “It’s all right, it’s all right, you can’t be forever blessed” alone on the stage. After he sang, “That’s all, I’m just trying to get some rest,” he walked off the stage to a huge ovation.

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