Simon & Garfunkel

The concert was great as expected. We were 10 rows from the stage! The concert opens with America playing (a recording) and they have a large screen where they play images from their childhood through growing up and then on to some political events the walk on Selma, Iran Contra, and so on. When this finishes the lights come up and Simon and Garfunkel are on stage. Simon started by dedicated the concert to Ray Charles who passed away that day. They then launched into Old Friends / Bookends theme, just the two of them. When that finished the whole band came on stage and they launched into A Hazy Shade of Winter. (The whole set list is included at the bottom of the entry).

They have some scripted banter about getting back together and breaking up, and how this is they 50 year anniversary, and the 47 anniversary of their fighting and so on. They added a bit that wasn’t there during the December show which was something like 50th anniversary, we should have a party, we could hire a band make it a big thing. You know, we should get Simon & Garfunkel to play … nah, it’d cost too much. I found this rather humorous considering how expensive their tickets are.

After this they started talking about influences and started playing School Girl, at which point they said we didn’t know what we were doing back then, we just wanted to sound like the Everly Brothers. This was a great segway to bring the Everly Brothers on stage. Simon & Garfunkel left and EB played 3 songs with the band (Wake Up Little Susie, All I Have To Do Is Dream, and Let It Be Me). Then Simon & Garfunkel came back out, and they all played Bye Bye Love together.

After about an hour into the show everyone left the stage, and they went back to showing images on the screen. This time it was mostly scenes from the Graduate with some audio, when it finished they were all back on stage and went straight into Mrs. Robinson.

Things of note:

  • One of the guitar players [Mark Stewart] played Ukelele on At The Zoo
  • Paul Simon didn’t ever seem to use a pick, and would transition between finger style and strumming a lot
  • One of the guitar players [Larry Saltzman] played a baritone Uke / mandolin type instrument on one song, which sounded really good

Song list:

Old Friends / Bookends Theme
A Hazy Shade Of Winter
I Am A Rock
At The Zoo
Baby Driver
Kathy’s Song
School Girl
Wake Up Little Susie
All I Have To Do Is Dream
Let It Be Me
Bye Bye Love
Scarborough Fair
Homeward Bound
The Sound Of Silence
Mrs. Robinson
Slip Slidin’ Away
El Condor Pasa
Keep The Customer Satisfied
The Only Living Boy In New York
American Tune
My Little Town
Bridge Over Troubled Water

-Encore 1-

The Boxer

-Encore 2-

Leaves That Are Green
The 59th Street Bridge Song

2 responses to “Simon & Garfunkel”

  1. David says:

    How wonderful. I bet it was a blast. Donna’s in NYC right now! Too bad she couldn’t have gone up earlier.

  2. Will says:

    So. Jealous. Sounds fun though. Oh well, as a poor grad student, I couldn’t afford to go anyways. Was the mandolin type instrument a bazuki (spelled wrong, I think)? Those are cool.