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Paul Simon pulls down curtain on touring

Paul Simon performing on the Pyramid Stage at the Glastonbury Music Festival in 2011. Picture by Yui Mok, Press Association
Ed Carty, Press Association

LEGENDARY singer-songwriter Paul Simon has announced his upcoming tour, including a date in Dublin, will be his last.

The 76-year-old artist revealed dates and venues for his Homeward Bound - Farewell Tour across North America, the UK and Europe from May.

Simon said the shows will be a fitting culmination of a performing career that started back in the early 1960s.

The last performance will be in London's Hyde Park at the BST Festival on July 15.

"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," he said.

"Now I know: it feels a little unsettling, a touch exhilarating and something of a relief."

The tour kicks off on May 16 in Vancouver.

Simon has made 13 studio albums as a solo artist and another five as one half of Simon & Garfunkel.

His lead guitarist and friend Vincent N'guini died in December.

The singer said: "His loss is not the only reason I've decided to stop touring, but it is a contributing factor.

"Mostly, though, I feel the travel and time away from my wife and family takes a toll that detracts from the joy of playing.

"I'd like to leave with a big thank you to the many folks around the world who've come out to watch me play over the last 50 years."

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