While I managed to sell two of the four tickets I had, it turned out at the last minute that I was actually able to make the Paul SImon gig in Dublin last night and what a gig! So many songs played like you’ve never heard them and hats off for the version of Diamonds On The Soles Of Her Shoes and Mrs Robinson at the close of the night.
On holidays as kids or anytime heading away in the car there were always three acts that would frequent the ole tape player in the car (upgraded to CD in the mid 90s) – Mark Knopfler (Dire Straits), Paul Simon and Bruce Springsteen. Made it a mission then to go and see each of these acts in concert at some stage before they give up touring or retire from the music scene and last night made it two out of three having been able to catch Mark Knopfler pull off the gig of a lifetime last summer (2005) in The Point. Next Friday makes the trifecta as I’ve got tickets for Bruce Springsteen as he tours the Pete Seger sessions. Roll on next Friday!
But if you ever get the chance to catch Paul Simon – DO IT! Anyone catch the gig at all last night?
I was there, and enjoyed it muchly. The all-seated business was a bit naff and dampened the atmosphere somewhat but as soon as the crowd got to their feet the vibe was much improved.
I saw him back in 1992 (I think) during the Rhythm of the Saints tour in the RDS (Simmons Court). He was fantastic then, he’s fantastic now. No sign of fading powers in late “middle age” as the new album is up there with his very best stuff, and the live performances continue to be marvellous.
certainly was, thats quite true. Took the crowd a little to warm up but the standing ovation before the first encore got everyone up and rocking.
Though, I was down in the A block, throw your eyes over to F along the right hand side and people in unreserved seats had no problems getting up and dancing for the night!
Now, if there was a recording of last nights show anywhere it’d be great 😀
Wow.. for someone who first recorded in 1957 and to still do gigs and rock the house, amazing! Glad you caught the show and enjoyed it!