Paul Simon reveals where he'll do the final show of his farewell tour

You knew it had to be somewhere in New York City, but now we have the details of the actual venue

June 21, 2018
Paul Simon at Key Arena

John Fisher (yes, I took it myself!)

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Paul Simon isn't kidding when he calls it his farewell tour. And now we know where it'll end.

You had to figure Paul would wrap up this epic international farewell tour somewhere in the New York City area. And now we know:

His final show will happen at Flushing Meadows Corona Park in Queens, N.Y., on September.22. A lot of people speculated that he might wrap things up in New York's Central Park, where he and his former musical partner Art Garfunkel did a legendary reunion performance in 1981. But if you listen carefully to one of his best-known solo songs, "Me and Julio Down By The Schoolyard," this venue makes sense: The lyrics include the line "I'm on my way/I'm taking my time/But I don't know where/Goodbye to Rosie, the Queen of Corona." 

Simon released a statement about bringing the tour back home:  "It seems more like fate than coincidence that I should do the final show on this final tour at Flushing Meadows Corona Park. I could have ridden my bike from home to the park in about 20 minutes, when I was a kid. ... But this is less a goodbye than a farewell. Thank you all for the ride, I had a great time."

I saw his show at Key Arena in May, and I have to admit, there were a few moments where my wife and I were weeping. (Not kidding!) The guy has such an incredible body of work, from the early years of SImon & Garfunkel through Graceland and right up until today -- he really is an American treasure, not just in the pop world but in the context of history --  on the level of a Cole Porter or Steven Foster. Some of those tears at the Key were for the memories that I'll forever attach to "Sounds of Silence" or "Mrs. Robinson." But it was also a powerfully overwhelming feeling to know that this genius of songwriting and performing is basically done. He's said what he needs to say and he wants to take it easty. I guess he deserves that, but I'm sure going to miss having the chance to see him.

Here are the details of the show, just in case you're up for an east coast road trip in the fall.