Paul Simon has announced that he is retiring from touring in an emotional statement.
The legendary singer took to social media to reveal the reason behind his decision to step away from the stage.
He also announced that he is going on a final tour in the US and Europe starting in May and ending in July at Hyde Park.
The 76-year-old’s second last date will be in Dublin’s RDS in July.
He will play one night on the 13th of July with tickets on sale on next Monday February 12th at 9 am.
The lengthy statement explains that he has decided to stop touring.
“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 unsetting, 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.”
The singer added that losing a bandmate was part of the reason he has decided to finish up.
“Sadly, we lost our lead guitarist and my friend of 20 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 take a toll that detract 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.”
He added that he hopes to still perform from time to time at some events and for charity.
“After this coming tour, I anticipate doing the occasional performance in a (hopefully) acoustically pristine hall, and to donate those earnings to various philanthropic organisations, 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.”
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