You are reading

Paul Simon to Hold Farewell Concert In Flushing Meadows Corona Park in September

Promotional Poster for the event (Source: paulsimon.com)

June 20, 2018 By Tara Law

Legendary musician Paul Simon has announced that the final concert of his farewell tour will be held in Flushing Meadows Corona Park on Sept. 22.

Simon, who grew up in Kew Gardens Hills, will perform hits and classic songs from throughout his career during the concert, which is dubbed “Homeward Bound— The Farewell Performance.” The concert will be the first major event to be held in the park in recent years

Simon will donate the net proceeds that he earns from the event to charity, with the non-profit beneficiary to be announced at a later date.

“It seems more like fate than coincidence that I should do the final show on this final tour at Flushing Meadows Corona Park,” said Simon.

“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.”

General admission tickets for the concert will go on sale on June 29 at 10 a.m. Tickets will range from $75.50 to $149.50. A pre-sale for American Express Card Members will begin on June 25 at 10 a.m.

But some argue that the event should be free since it is being held in a public park.

Queens Borough President Melinda Katz, who said she is a Paul Simon fan, issued a statement this morning arguing that there should be no charge.

“The City of New York could have— and should have– turned this long-anticipated homecoming of Paul Simon into a free concert for all in the park, not limited to those who can afford to pay concert ticket prices at the expense of the surrounding community,” Katz said.

Katz has opposed for-profit organizations renting out parkland throughout her tenure as borough president. She argues that the public should not be cut off from using park space in order for profit-making events to take place.

She released several statements in 2015 condemning proposals to rent out the park to for-profit organizations. The Parks Dept. rejected the applications for three major festivals in the park in 2016, including the popular “Panorama” music festival, which is now held at Randall’s Island Park.

But other elected officials such as Mayor Bill de Blasio, Congressman Joseph Crowley, and NYC Parks Commissioner Mitchell J. Silver expressed support for the Paul Simon concern, according to the event release.

“When Paul Simon sings ‘Homeward Bound,’ there’s no doubt he means New York,” de Blasio said in a statement. “The grit, beauty and complexity of this city are woven into Simon’s most haunting songs, and our greatest venues have formed the backdrop of his performing career. It’s only fitting that this son of Queens comes home to Flushing Meadows Corona Park.”

Crowley said that he was “thrilled” about the concert.

“Paul’s farewell performance will be a once-in-a-lifetime event and we’re so proud to share it with him here, in the borough of Queens,” Crowley said.

Silver thanked Simon for choosing the park as the venue for the final concert of the tour.

Simon announced that the tour would be his last in February. He said that he may consider holding future performances in concert halls.

He said in a statement that the death of his longtime friend and lead guitarist, Vincent N’guini, had contributed to his decision to retire.

“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. “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.”

“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.”

email the author: [email protected]

One Comment

Click for Comments 

Leave a Comment
Reply to this Comment

All comments are subject to moderation before being posted.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

Recent News

Romanian nationals busted for ATM skimming scheme that involved more than 600 Queens residents: Feds

The NYPD and federal agents arrested five Romanian nationals living in Queens on Thursday for engaging in a sophisticated ATM skimming operation that involved the theft of bank account information and PIN numbers from more than 600 unsuspecting bank customers from across the borough.

The five men were named in an indictment that was unsealed in Brooklyn federal court charging them with fraud and aggravated identity theft following a long-term investigation by the NYPD, FBI and the Secret Service.

3 men sought for armed robbery in East Elmhurst home invasion near LaGuardia Airport: NYPD

The NYPD is looking for three men who allegedly robbed an East Elmhurst man of tens of thousands of dollars during a home invasion early Monday morning.

Police from the 115th Precinct in Jackson Heights responded to a 911 call of an armed robbery at a townhouse located at 108-09 Ditmars Blvd. near 29th Avenue just south of LaGuardia Airport.
The victim had pulled up in front of his home just before 2 a.m. when he was approached by three suspects. One of them pulled out a firearm and forced him inside the townhouse where they stole around $30,000 in cash and a safe that contained an unspecified amount of jewelry, before exiting and driving off in a silver four-door SUV, police said.

Corona man criminally charged with sex trafficking for forcing Mexican woman into prostitution: DA

A Corona man has been indicted on sex trafficking charges for allegedly forcing a Mexican woman to engage in prostitution over a three-year period, Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz announced Wednesday.

Galindo Capultitla, 39, of 40th Road, was arraigned Tuesday before Queens Supreme Court Justice Peter Vallone Jr. on a seven-count indictment charging him with three counts of sex trafficking and other crimes for forcing the victim to engage in sex for money in Mexico and the United States, including in Queens. During the victim’s three-year ordeal, Capultitla allegedly hit and choked her—and even threatened to kill her family in Mexico—if she failed to hand over the money gained through sex.