Simon and Garfunkel made an indelible impression on me when I saw them perform live on the twelfth floor of Dayton’s department store in downtown Minneapolis in 1967. The duo broke up in 1970, but Simon has remained a gifted songwriter and a vital artist. They are now embarked on a reunion tour that has them touring together for the first time in 20 years. Their first date occurred Thursday night in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. Simon recalled during the performance Thursday evening, “We met when we were 11, we started to sing when we were 13, and we started to argue when we were 14.” The performance included a surprise appearance by the Everly Brothers.
Simon and Garfunkel got their start as teenagers imitating the close harmony singing of the Everly Brothers. As Simon recalled this week, “Art and I learned to sing as a duo by listening to Everly Brothers records and practicing their harmonies.” The Everly Brothers have now apparently agreed to join the rest of the tour: “Everlys join Simon & Garfunkel.” Click here for the tour schedule. The tour arrives for two dates in St. Paul on October 26 and 27; main floor seats are going for $250. I’m seriously thinking about drawing on our home equity line of credit to buy a couple tickets.
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