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Paul Simon will play Philly for the last time this summer

Nick Vadala, Staff Writer

Updated: Monday, February 5, 2018, 12:12 PM

Paul Simon performs during the 2016 Democratic National Convention on Monday, July 25, 2016 at the Wells Fargo Center.

Paul Simon will retire from touring after a final outing that will bring him to Philadelphia on June 16.

Simon, 76, announced the tour via social media Monday, writing that the death of former lead guitarist Vincent N’guini was “a contributing factor” in his retirement.

“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,” Simon wrote online. “Now I know: It feels a little unsettling, a touch exhilarating, and something of a relief.”

Dubbed “Homeward Bound — The Farewell Tour,” it begins May 16 in Vancouver, British Columbia. From there, Simon and company will tour throughout North America, the United Kingdom, and Europe.

Simon will be at the Wells Fargo Center here. Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Saturday via the official Wells Fargo Center website and box office, or by phone at 1-800-298-4200.

The musician said in a release that he doesn’t plan to retire from music completely. He’ll just play more charity shows.

“After this coming tour, I anticipate doing the occasional performance in a (hopefully) acoustically pristine hall,” he said, “and to donate those earnings to various philanthropic organizations, particularly those whose objective is to save the planet, ecologically.”

A message from Paul Simon — February 5, 2018https://t.co/kdNRIgKswR pic.twitter.com/EFq3Ry4cUp

— Paul Simon (@PaulSimonMusic) February 5, 2018

Nick Vadala, Staff Writer

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