Background: Paul Simon has pledged never to tour again at many points throughout his career, but now that he's just three and a half years away from turning 80 it feels legit. "It feels a little unsettling, a touch exhilarating and something of a relief," he wrote in a letter to fans. "I love making music, my voice is still strong, and my band is a tight, extraordinary group of gifted musicians. I think about music constantly. 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." Homeward Bound – The Farewell Tour kicks off May 16th in Vancouver and wraps up September 22nd in New York City. A venue hasn't been announced for the last date, but Central Park seems like a decent safe bet if we're throwing out wild guesses.
Odds It's Real: 85 percent. This just comes down to age. Simon says he wants to continue playing charity shows and other one-offs, but any sort of extended tour after that seems very unlikely. That doesn't mean Simon & Garfunkel might not do something at some point. At the moment the pair aren't even on speaking terms. Their relationship has rarely been worse, which is really saying something considering their history. But imagine a How Terribly Strange to Be 80 tour in a few years. If they agreed to do it for just six weeks they'd earn an absolute fortune. It might even be enough to get them speaking again. That said, this is very, very likely Simon's last solo tour.