Paul Simon may retire from music after this year, according to a recent New York Times article. The 74-year-old musician is currently on tour supporting his most recent album, Stranger To Stranger, which was released last month. In the Times piece, Simon states that he doesn’t have any interest in showbiz anymore and needs frequent rest to keep up with his touring schedule. If this tour is really his last, Simon’s final American show will take place in Queens on 7/1 at Forest Hills Tennis Stadium, the same venue he played his last show with Art Garfunkel. Here’s an excerpt from the piece:
It’s an act of courage to let go… I am going to see what happens if I let go. Then I’m going to see, who am I? Or am I just this person that was defined by what I did? And if that’s gone, if you have to make up yourself, who are you?
Read the article in full here, but maybe don’t read too much into it: in April he told Rolling Stone he still has work to do on a duets album with wife Edie Brickell and said that his “role model” Philip Glass (79) recently encouraged him not to retire.