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Record Collector Magazine: January 2017 – Paul Simon @ Manchester Apollo


Paul Simon
Manchester O2 Apollo
10th November, 2016

View: seated, centre

Before playing, the legendary 75-year-old was greeted with an ovation. Opening with The Boy In The Bubble, Simon’s vocals were low in the mix, and backing vocals from the nine musicians on-stage would’ve enhanced them. Heavy on solo material, the set moved along with Fifty Ways To Leave Your Lover, before the first of several wonderful anecdotes. Enjoying himself, Simon’s renditions of Homeward Bound and America followed, before the hits, Mother And Child Reunion, You Can Call Me Al and Still Crazy After All These Years.
Simon concluded a second encore with The Boxer, before a final flourish of American Tune. Disappointing for casual fans, but diehards remain in awe.

Reviewed by Michael Halpin

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