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    My wife and I caught Paul Simon for the tail end of his farewell tour at MSG last night. What a great concert, and what an awesome career. He had a top notch backup band behind him.

    Highlights were:

    America (first song)

    Rene And Georgette Magritte With Their Dog After The War (interesting story - he was at Joan Baez's house and during a break he took down a book about Magritte saw the picture and said that's a great name for a song. And she was at MSG last night too)

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    You Can Call Me Al
    Diamonds !! (my personal favorite)
    Graceland
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    Sound Of Silence (last song)
    "But I don't want to go among mad people" Alice remarked.
    "Oh, you can't help that," said the Cat, "We're all mad here 'n stuff."

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    That's awesome, man!

    No neck pickup? No pickguard?
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    Jerry, you are a lucky man. I grew up with Paul's prolific work, but the real eye-opener was Graceland. I always knew he was a great songwriter and a great guitarist ("Anji"), but when he brought in Los Lobos, Rockin' Dopsie and Ladysmith Black Mambazo I respected him at a much higher lever. So glad you got to see him!!
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    +1. Graceland was a stellar piece of work and paved the way for 'World Music' as we know it today.
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    Glad you got to see him, Jerry. I wish it was more than just a birth date that Paul and I shared. I'd even be satisfied with "a pinky finger's worth of his talent!" Amazing artist and an illustrious career!
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    Quote Originally Posted by jamesron41 View Post
    That's awesome, man!

    No neck pickup? No pickguard?
    Paul isn't known for his electric guitar skills. He even made a joke about it. I think he only played that funky Fender on one song. He played various acoustics (where he excels) the rest of the concert. He had a couple of great guitarists in the backup band.
    "But I don't want to go among mad people" Alice remarked.
    "Oh, you can't help that," said the Cat, "We're all mad here 'n stuff."

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    I have always respected his talent on an acoustic ever since I heard "Angi" all those years ago.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dangerine49 View Post
    Paul isn't known for his electric guitar skills. He even made a joke about it. I think he only played that funky Fender on one song. He played various acoustics (where he excels) the rest of the concert. He had a couple of great guitarists in the backup band.
    I remember seeing some kind of documentary on that guitar. I don't remember much of it; it's been maybe 18 years or so, but do remember that Paul wanted a particular sound on one song... This guitar tech found a cheap old pickup and stuck it in a partscaster.... Paul heard it and said "That's It!!". Wouldn't let the guy put more pickups into it... said "that's all I need it for." Or words to that effect. I went looking for the video but the best I could do was find the story had been removed from youtube due to too many third party permissions or shenanigans or something... Anyway... no luck. Sorry, that's all I got.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tele savalas View Post
    I have always respected his talent on an acoustic ever since I heard "Angi" all those years ago.
    I looked up a YouTube video for Anji and found this gem:

    "But I don't want to go among mad people" Alice remarked.
    "Oh, you can't help that," said the Cat, "We're all mad here 'n stuff."

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    Very fortunate that you got to see Paul one last time. I have long considered Paul as a pinnacle of songwriters, and while his music was always stellar, his words were pure poetry. Incredible talent!

    He often found songs in the most random places, I remember he said that once he saw "Mother and Child Reunion" on a menu and decided that would make a great song. It was Chicken with Eggs.
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