Paul Simon announces farewell tour

Legendary musician Paul Simon announced Monday that he plans to retire from touring over the summer.

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Simon, 76, said he will kick off his “Homeward Bound – The Farewell Tour” on May 16 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. The tour will wind through the U.S. and Europe before coming to an end July 15 in London.

“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,” Simon wrote in a statement posted Monday on Twitter. “Now I know: it feels a little unsettling, a touch exhilarating and something of a relief.”

He said the decision came after the death of his friend and lead guitarist Vincent N’guini, who died in December.

“His loss is not the only reason I’ve decided to stop touring, but it is a contributing factor,” Simon said. “Mostly, though, I feel the travel and time away from my wife and family takes a toll that detracts from the joy of playing.”

Simon said that despite his retirement from touring, he’ll likely continue to perform occasionally “in a (hopefully) acoustically pristine hall … to donate those earnings to various philanthropic organizations, particularly those whose objective is to save the planet, ecologically.”

The following tour dates were announced Monday:

May 16Vancouver, British Columbia, CanadaRogers Arena
May 18SeattleKey Arena
May 19Portland, OregonMODA Center
May 22Los AngelesHollywood Bowl
May 23Los AngelesHollywood Bowl
May 25Oakland, CaliforniaOracle Arena
May 27Las VegasMGM Grand Garden Arena
May 30DenverFiddler’s Green
June 1DallasAmerican Airlines Arena
June 2HoustonToyota Center
June 4Austin, TexasFrank Erwin Center
June 6ChicagoUnited Center
June 8St. Paul, MinnesotaXcel Energy Center
June 10DetroitDTE Energy Center
June 12Toronto, Ontario, CanadaAir Canada Centre
June 13Montreal, Quebec, CaadaBell Centre
June 15BostonTD Garden
June 16PhiladelphiaWells Fargo Center
June 19Greensboro, North CarolinaGreensboro Coliseum
June 20Nashville, TennesseeBridgestone Arena
June 30StockholmEricsson Globe
July 1Oslo, NorwaySpektrum
July 3Copenhagen, DenmarkRoyal Arena
July 5Antwerp, BelgiumSportpaleis
July 7Amsterdam, HollandZiggo Dome
July 10Manchester, United KingdomManchester Arena
July 11Glasgow, United KingdomSSE Hydro
July 13DublinRDS Arena
July 15LondonHyde Park, BST Festival

Simon has earned 16 Grammy Awards over a career that has spanned more than six decades. In 2003, he and Art Garfunkel were awarded a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award for their work as the folk rock duo “Simon & Garfunkel.”

Simon has sold more than 100 million records across the globe. He is a member of the Songwriters and the Rock ‘n’ Roll halls of fame.

Tickets for Paul Simon’s “Homeward Bound – The Farewell Tour” will go on sale in the U.S. at 10 a.m. on Feb. 9.

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