Paul Simon's farewell tour coming to New Orleans

Paul Simon's farewell tour coming to New Orleans
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NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - Legendary songwriter, recording artist and performer Paul Simon and his band are bringing his final farewell tour to New Orleans this fall.

Simon and his band will perform at the Smoothie King Center on September 5 as part of his Homeward Bound- The Farewell Tour.

Tickets go on sale Saturday, March 17 at 10 a.m. on Ticketmaster, at the venue box office, and  by phone at 800-745-3000.

"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," said Simon. "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 promises audiences an historic evening of career-spanning hits and timeless classics.  Having created a distinctive body of work that includes 13 studio albums, plus five studio albums as half of Simon & Garfunkel, Paul Simon is the recipient of 16 Grammy Awards, three of which- Bridge over Troubled Water, Still Crazy after All These Years, and Graceland- were Album of the Year honorees, according to a news release issued by SMG.

In 2003, he received a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award for his work in Simon & Garfunkel, and has sold more than 100 million records worldwide.

He is also a member of the Songwriters Hall of Fame and has been inducted into the Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame, both as a member of Simon & Garfunkel and as a solo artist.

Simon was a recipient of the Kennedy Center Honors in 2002 and was named one of Time magazine's "100 People Who Shape Our World" in 2006. In 2007,

According to the report, he was awarded the inaugural Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song, which recognizes the profound and positive effect of popular music on the world's culture. He was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2011. And in 2012, he was named the recipient of the prestigious Polar Music Prize along with classical cellist Yo-Yo Ma.

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