Simon and Garfunkel reunite in New York

Sun Feb 15, 2009 11:23pm EST
 
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By Jonathan Cohen

NEW YORK (Billboard) - Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel joined forces for a surprise reunion in New York on Friday, performing three songs during the encore of Simon's show at the newly renovated Beacon Theater.

The occasional adversaries dueted on "The Sound of Silence," "The Boxer" and "Old Friends," in what is believed to be just their third appearance together since concluding a 2004 reunion tour. Garfunkel had flown in from Florida, where he played in Key Largo the night before, and he returned to play in Fort Pierce the next night.

The reunion added extra glitz to an evening attended by celebrities such as New York mayor Michael Bloomberg, Paul McCartney, Jon Bon Jovi and Jimmy Fallon, and showcased the Beacon's refurbished interior and new sound system.

Simon played an eclectic two-set show, drawing equally from classics such as "Me and Julio Down by the Schoolyard," "Slip Slidin' Away" and "Graceland" as he did songs from his ill-fated Broadway musical "The Capeman" and newer material such as "Father and Daughter" and "Amulet," a collaboration with Brazilian vocalist Luciana Souza.

Also featured were off-the-beaten-path cuts such as "Duncan," which hearkened back to Simon's folk roots, "Train in the Distance," from the critically maligned 1983 album "Hearts & Bones," and "Loves Me Like a Rock," a 1973 precursor to Simon's future dabbling in African music.

Simon also performed at the Beacon on Saturday.

(Editing by Dean Goodman at Reuters)

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<p>Paul Simon (R) and Art Garfunkel perform at a show celebrating the music of Paul Simon at the Warner Theater in Washington, May 23, 2007. REUTERS/Jason Reed</p>