Paul Simon brings 'Graceland' to Hyde Park

The folk legend celebrates 25 years of his classic album at Hard Rock Calling

Paul Simon brings 'Graceland' to Hyde Park

Photo: PA

Paul Simon brought Hard Rock Calling to a close last night (July 15) celebrating 25 years of his classic album 'Graceland'.

The folk veteran rounded off another weekend of live music on London's Hyde Park with an epic three-hour set that included the tracks from his 1986 masterpiece, alongside other solo hits, and Simon And Garfunkel classics.

Simon was joined for the anniversary show by South African vocal group Ladysmith Black Mambazo for tracks including 'Homeless' and 'Diamonds On The Soles Of Her Shoes'. The choir rose to global prominence after featuring on 'Graceland'. However, at the time, Simon attracted criticism for breaking a cultural boycott of apartheid-era South Africa.

A new documentary, Under African Skies tells the story of the controversy. You can watch a trailer below.

Earlier in the show, Jimmy Cliff joined Simon onstage, where he performed his classics 'The Harder They Come', 'Many Rivers To Cross' and 'Vietnam' before a reggae-infused version of 'Mother And Child Reunion'.

Later on in the show, Simon was joined by legendary South African musician Hugh Masakela. As the show rose to a climax with celebratory renditions of the title track from 'Graceland' and 'You Can Call Me Al', Simon returned to the stage alone to round off the show with a series of Simon And Garfunkel classics. Watch a clip of 'The Sound Of Silence' below. The show eventually ended with a sentimental 'Still Crazy After All These Years'.

25 reasons to love 'Graceland'



Paul Simon played:

'Kodachrome'
'Gone At Last'
'Dazzling Blue'
'50 Ways To Leave Your Lover'
'The Harder They Come'
'Many Rivers To Cross'
'Vietnam'
'Mother And Child Reunion'
'That Was Your Mother'
'Me And Julio Down By The Schoolyard'
'Slip Slidin' Away'
'The Obvious Child'
'Hello My Baby'
'Nomathemba'
'Homeless'
'Diamonds On The Soles Of Her Shoes'
'I Know What I Know'
'Crazy Love Vol II'
'African Sunset'
'Under African Skies'
'Gumboots'
'Graceland'
'You Can Call Me Al'
'The Sound Of Silence'
'The Boxer'
'Late In The Evening'
'Still Crazy After All These Years'


Read More On This Artist

Paul Simon - 'Under African Skies' Trailer Paul Simon - 'Under African Skies' Trailer

Video: Paul Simon - 'Under African Skies' Trailer

More News
Animal Collective to record new music later this year
O2 Priority Tickets for Super Furry Animals and Garbage available now
Midweek chart update: Noel Gallagher at Number One with new album 'Chasing Yesterday'
San Cisco's Nick Gardner to miss start of band's tour after shooting himself in the foot
Top festival boss claims Florence + The Machine will only 'do one UK festival this year'
Reading & Leeds boss: 'We can't put a bill together based on gender'
Mark E Smith on lack of working class people in music: 'It's Tony Blair's fault'
Noel Gallagher defends Alex Turner comments: 'His interviews are lacklustre'
Laura Marling: 'I questioned whether being a musician was worthwhile'
Super Furry Animals discuss possibility of new album as they add extra date to reunion tour
Alt-J respond to Noel Gallagher's criticism: 'We've made it'
Noel Gallagher plays new songs and Oasis classics in first leg of UK and Ireland tour
Kanye West and Drake appear in black and white video for Big Sean's 'Blessings' -...
Canadian band Viet Cong have gig axed due to 'offensive' band name
Court case reveals Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams earned more than £3m each from...
Giorgio Armani blames 'difficult' Madonna for Brit Awards fall
Kanye West performs with grime MCs and Wu Tang member and debuts new track at surprise London show
Noel Gallagher says being in Oasis was a 'cross between Wolf of Wall Street and Saving...
Iggy Azalea says she 'did not want to win' a Grammy because she doesn't 'need...
Kanye West to play surprise show at London's Koko tonight
Kanye West reportedly 'in the studio' with UK grime MC Skepta
The White Stripes' 'Get Behind Me Satan' released for first time on vinyl for 10...

More News

Comments

Please login to add your comment.

Latest Tickets - Booking Now
 
Know Your NME
 

 
NME Store & Framed Prints
Inside NME.COM