Very few artists are as universally acclaimed as Paul Simon is. When I heard he was going to be in town, I knew I had to be there; many other St. Louisans felt the same way.
There were a number of things that Paul and his band accomplished last night:
- They proved his new band (and new recording, “So Beautiful/Or So What?”) are major forces in 21st century music. They certainly did this!
- Also, there is the amazing 40 plus years of Paul Simon’s music as a solo artist… Lots of great tunes here, and Paul & the boys did not disappoint, beginning with “50 Ways” and going all the way to “Still Crazy!” I particularly enjoyed “Mother & Child Reunion,” but they forgot to include “Love Me Like a Rock!”
Two more poignant moments were:
- Paul Simon’s acoustic solo-version of “Sounds of Silence,” and
- Paul and band honoring George Harrison (Close to the 10 year anniversary of George’s passing) with their touching cover of “Here Comes the Sun!”
Simon also acknowledged the Cardinals by mentioning “that amazing 6th game of the Series.”
As you can imagine, there was a lot of African influence in the show, and Simon introduced a man who has been with him for 25 years, since Graceland.
All in all, one of the best concerts I’ve ever attended.
– Ed Francis
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