Dec. 5, 2011 at 8:59pmRick Steves

At Webster Hall

Can you imagine being in the audience at Webster Hall in New York, a club that holds only 1,400 people, for a show that was the culmination of a two-month US tour of theaters and smaller venues to see Paul Simon?

One of my very favorite musicians, Simon played the show in June 2011 to rave reviews including one which indicated the concert was “a rare and spectacularly up-close event for fans.

Oh, if only right? Well at least we can take solace in the fact that the concert will air this Friday evening on KSPS at 8 p.m.

Paul Simon has been on my top 10 list for at least 30 years. I bought the first album in 1972 … “The Boxer” “The Sound of Silence” and all of those great oldies that he recorded with Art Garfunkel. Then Bridge over Troubled Water, Graceland and so many, many others. He has kind of been part of the fabric of our lives for the last three decades.

Simon’s last two albums – “So Beautiful or So What?” dropped in April, 2011 right before the Webster Hall concert and “The Songwriter” was released in October, and were both phenomenal records.

“So Beautiful” was built around “interesting harmony and structure” instead of beats according to a NYT article. And “The Songwriter” is a compilation of favorites handpicked by Simon, which include a previously unreleased live version of “The Sound of Silence” taken from the Webster Hall concert. But the album is well-balanced with his best work from the three decades.

So join me Friday evening in singing along with Paul Simon in the privacy of our own homes.


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