Less than a year after Paul Simon was among the major guests at a massive Hurricane Harvey benefit concert at the Erwin Center, the folk-rock great will return to that venue this year for a full show of his own — and it might be the last chance for Austinites to see him. Simon is about to embark on “Homeward Bound: The Farewell Tour,” which will stop at the Erwin Center on June 4.
Ticket go on sale at 10 a.m.Friday, Feb. 9. Prices have not yet been announced; more details will be available soon via Simon’s website and the Erwin Center’s box office site. The June 4 show falls the day after George Strait, who retired from touring in 2014, makes a rare return to the stage to help the Erwin Center celebrate its 40th anniversary.
In a press release that accompanied the announcement, Simon said, “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. Now I know: It feels a little unsettling, a touch exhilarating and something of a relief.
“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.”
Simon has been around Austin a fair bit in the last few years. In 2016, he taped an episode of “Austin City Limits” at ACL Live two days after a performance at Bass Concert Hall. He also turned up as a surprise guest with his wife Edie Brickell and comedian/bluegrass musician Steve Martin when they performed at the Long Center in 2014. And Dallas native Brickell has been in Austin a bit recently to work on an album with her longtime band New Bohemians at Arlyn Studios.
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The tour begins May 16 in Vancouver, B.C., and includes 20 North American dates before heading overseas for a handful of dates in Europe culminating with a festival in London’s Hyde Park on July 15 with James Taylor and Bonnie Raitt. In addition to Austin, it includes two other Texas stops: June 1 in Dallas at American Airlines Arena and June 2 in Houston at the Toyota Center.