Paul Simon provided a rare performance of ‘Bridge Over Troubled Water’ during his last show on his current US tour.
The show was delayed by an hour due to heavy rain and tornado warnings earlier that morning. When the concert eventually began, Simon had told the crowd he’d try to slip in a few extra songs to compensate for the delay.
During the last encore, he said: “I don’t usually sing this song, but, well, we’ll see,” before keyboardist Mick Rossi began the introductory passage to ‘Bridge Over Troubled Water.’
Paul Simon is considering retiring from music when his current tour comes to an end. Simon, who is 74, hinted that he may stop playing live after his 2016 run, telling the New York Times that “Showbiz doesn’t hold any interest for me.”
The singer-songwriter said that he is finding it increasingly difficult to keep up with the physical impact of touring, having to rest for long periods between dates. “It’s an act of courage to let go,” Simon told the Times. “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?”
Simon is currently enjoying his first No 1 album for 26 years, after ‘Stranger To Stranger’ became his first album since 1990’s ‘Rhythm Of The Saints’ to reach the top.