watch Paul Simon & Bob Weir play “The Boxer” at Outside Lands
Paul Simon is retiring from touring, but he still plays some shows here and there, and last night (8/11) he was one of the headliners at San Francisco's Outside Lands festival. While on stage, he brought out a Bay Area music legend who he met during the planning process for a different California festival, 1967's Monterey Pop Fest, but who he has never sung on stage with: The Grateful Dead's Bob Weir. Paul talked on stage about knocking on the door of the Grateful Dead House to ask them to perform at Monterey, and "Bob Weir opened the door, and we've been friends ever since... but actually this is our first duet."
The two musicians, both on acoustic guitar and vocals, played a lovely rendition of Simon & Garfunkel's Bridge Over Troubled Water classic "The Boxer." Watch/listen for yourself below.
Paul's set also featured help from yMusic, like his final tour and 2018 album did, and he played tons of other classics like "50 Ways to Leave Your Lover," "Mother and Child Reunion," "Me and Julio Down by the Schoolyard," "Bridge Over Troubled Water," "Diamonds on the Soles of Her Shoes," "You Can Call Me Al," "Still Crazy After All These Years," "The Sound of Silence," and more. Check out his full setlist and a video of "The Sound of Silence" below too.
Paul Simon at Outside Lands 2019 Setlist (via)
Late in the Evening
The Boy in the Bubble
50 Ways to Leave Your Lover
That Was Your Mother
Mother and Child Reunion
Me and Julio Down by the Schoolyard
Rene and Georgette Magritte With Their Dog After the War (with yMusic)
Can't Run But (with yMusic)
Bridge Over Troubled Water (Simon & Garfunkel song) (with yMusic)
The Obvious Child
The Cool, Cool River
Diamonds on the Soles of Her Shoes
You Can Call Me Al
Still Crazy After All These Years
The Boxer (Simon & Garfunkel song) (with Bob Weir)
American Tune (solo)
The Sound of Silence (Simon & Garfunkel song) (solo)