Paul Simon Reveals Final 'Homeward Bound' Concert Location: Corona Park, NY

June 20, 2018

Jessica Gilbert/Legacy Recordings

"Goodbye to Rosie, the Queen of Corona..."

Legendary songwriter, recording artist, performer, and iconic New Yorker Paul Simon announced on June 20th that he will perform the final concert of his Farewell Tour in the borough of Queens, NY where he spent his formative years. Saturday, September 22nd at Flushing Meadows Corona Park, Simon will perform a 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.

 

Paul Simon’s Homeward Bound - The Farewell Performance, produced by The Bowery Presents and Madison House Presents, will be the first major concert event at Flushing Meadows Corona Park in decades promising to be a celebration of Simon's renowned touring career that began in the '60s and has coincided with his artistic journey as a songwriter and recording artist through the present day.

Simon will be donating all personal net-proceeds from the event to a previously-selected cause, which will be announced at a later date.

Simon said of this final show, "It seems more like fate than coincidence that I should do the final show on this final tour at Flushing Meadows Corona Park. 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."

"When Paul Simon sings 'Homeward Bound,' there’s no doubt he means New York," said NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio. "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."

Tickets go on sale Friday, June 29 at 10 a.m. ET at AXS.com. AmEx 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. 

In a statement released in February 2018 coinciding with the announcement of his 'Farewell Tour,' Simon addressed his fans:

"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. 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. 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. 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.

Once again, 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." ~Paul Simon/February 5, 2018

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