Posted in music on May 11, 2011

Paul Simon in MN on 5/2 (photo by Darren Tutt)
Paul Simon

"...Mr. Simon, 69, has a preexisting relationship with vintage gospel music, as he hinted elsewhere in the show. (A double-time rave-up coda in "Kodachrome," released in 1973, plunged straight into "Gone at Last," from 1975.) By now gospel commingles easily with sounds adopted from Africa and Brazil--and New Orleans, and Memphis, while we're at it--in his pursuit of ecstasy through rhythm. This was a show about that pursuit, and it was marvelous: brisk and unsinkable, smartly balanced, deftly paced.

"It's always slightly unnerving and exhilarating to play in your exact neighborhood," Mr. Simon, an Upper West Sider, said playfully, a few songs in. He last played the Beacon as recently as two years ago, when he had the honor of breaking it in after a deluxe refurbishment. There was less of a sense of occasion this time around, which worked to everyone's favor...." [NY Times]

Paul Simon plays Beacon Theater again tonight (5/11) before continuing on his tour that makes stops at the 9:30 Club, the Borgata, Foxwoods and many other places. Last night's setlist, and a video from the May 7th Toronto show where Paul invited a fan on stage to play "Duncan" with him, below...

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Paul Simon, Rayna singing Duncan

Paul Simon Concert at Beacon Theatre, New York, NY, USA
Setlist on May 10, 2011

Crazy Love, Vol. II
Dazzling Blue
50 Ways to Leave Your Lover
So Beautiful or So What
Slip Slidin' Away
Vietnam (Jimmy Cliff cover)
Mother and Child Reunion
That Was Your Mother
Hearts and Bones
Mystery Train/Wheels
Rewrite
Peace Like a River
The Obvious Child
The Only Living Boy in New York (Simon & Garfunkel song)
Love Is Eternal Sacred Light
Father and Daughter
Diamonds on the Soles of Her Shoes
Gumboots

Encore:
The Sound of Silence (Simon & Garfunkel song)
Kodachrome
Gone At Last
Here Comes the Sun (The Beatles cover)
The Boy in the Bubble

Encore 2:
Still Crazy After All These Years
Late in the Evening
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Comments (19)

a man walks down the street
it's a street in a strange world
maybe it's the third world
maybe it's his first time around

Posted by Anonymous | May 11, 2011 10:39 AM

that is a pretty solid setlist

don't i know you from the cinematographer's party?

Posted by Anonymous | May 11, 2011 10:41 AM

Who's going? I'll bring the hummus.

Posted by Anonymous | May 11, 2011 10:51 AM

^ dumb hummus joke.

Posted by Anonymous | May 11, 2011 10:59 AM

i bet if fishsticks crybaby wasn't playing at moma, he would have done a duet with mr. simon.

Posted by Anonymous | May 11, 2011 11:06 AM

"^ dumb hummus joke."

It may me dumb and I may usually loathe hummus jokes here, but at least it wasn't trying too hard to be clever with the other kind of hummus jokes that almost sound serious at first (then you realize it's not - douche chills abound).

Yeah, sorry for the length of my comment...

Posted by Anonymous | May 11, 2011 11:43 AM

who?

Posted by Anonymous | May 11, 2011 12:05 PM

If you'll be my bodyguard,
I can be your long lost pal!
I can call you Betty,
And Betty, when you call me,
You can call me Al!

Posted by Anonymous | May 11, 2011 12:16 PM

There goes Rhymehn Simehn...

Posted by Smack | May 11, 2011 12:17 PM

12:05... He was not in the Who. He was in Simon and Garfunkel. You youngins...

Posted by Anonymous | May 11, 2011 12:22 PM

Paul Simon continues to regress into a baby-like form. Very Benjamin Button.

Posted by Anonymous | May 11, 2011 12:49 PM

left after 6 songs. snooozefest. and really bad sound mix on top

Posted by Anonymous | May 11, 2011 2:35 PM

^who does this? I would almost never walk out of a show. What did you pay $100 a ticket?

Posted by Anonymous | May 11, 2011 2:48 PM

Kodachrome Kunts

Posted by Anonymous | May 11, 2011 2:51 PM

Simon and Garfunkel were the first snoozewave band.

Posted by Anonymous | May 11, 2011 3:51 PM

anyone know what time he went on?

Posted by Anonymous | May 11, 2011 4:31 PM

Walked out huh . Who did they think they were going to see.I thought it was very good.

Posted by Anonymous | May 11, 2011 9:04 PM

The walkout is either A) unaware of Simon's music or B) looking for an oldies show - which Simon would not due (Old Friends excepted).

Posted by Anon. | May 11, 2011 10:46 PM

beautiful.

Posted by Jamie | March 11, 2014 2:48 PM

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