Paul Simon hints at possible retirement this year

The legendary singer-songwriter's current tour might be his last

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?”


His tour comes to an end in Dublin in November, following a string of European gigs. In the US, his final date would be in Queens, New York, at the very same venue where Simon played his last gig with Art Garfunkel.

Simon said that he plans to “drift and travel for a year” after wrapping up his tour in Ireland.

Earlier this month, Simon achieved 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.