James Taylor and Bonnie Raitt will join him in London.

By Hayden Wright

It’s been 61 years since Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel recorded their first song together as Tom & Jerry, embarking on one of music’s most successful partnerships.

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Simon went on to great solo stardom and has spent the decades actively touring, recording and maintaining his legacy as an influential figure in folk, rock and pop. According to The Telegraph, Simon could walk away from it all this summer with a “farewell” show in London’s Hyde Park.

The concert is set to take place July 15 with openers Bonnie Raitt and James Taylor. As part of the Barclaycard British Summer Time Festival, crowds will descend on the park to watch Simon and company bid farewell. Festival organizers have billed Simon’s set as “Homeward Bound: The Farewell Performance.”

In the past, Simon has mulled over retirement and called it “an act of courage.”

“Showbiz doesn’t hold any interest for me,” he said. “It’s an act of courage to let go.  I am going to see what happens if I let go. Then I’m going to see, who am I? Or am I just this person that was defined by what I did? And if that’s gone, if you have to make up yourself, who are you?”

Save the date for Paul Simon’s July concert — it might very well be his last.


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