Paul Simon On Reuniting With Garfunkel: “I Would Just As Soon Not Go Back & Visit The Past”
Getting the old band back together is easier said than done. So has been the case for Simon & Garfunkel, who have toured and performed a number of high-profile gigs together through the years but haven’t released a new album since 1970’s Sound of Silence.
Two years ago, the band had to cancel a 13-date tour due to Art Garfunkel’s vocal cord paresis, which continues to plague the singer. But naturally, Paul Simon has some of his own feelings about a Simon & Garfunkel reunion, which he finds unlikely at this point.
“Art has some problem with his vocal chord and he can’t sing in his mid-range, so it’s really a moot point unless he can sing,” Simon recently told BBC Radio 4. “From my own perspective, I would just as soon not go back and visit the past.”
The duo last reunited in 2009 at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s 25th Anniversary Concert. Simon’s kept busy since then, releasing his 12th solo album, So Beautiful or So What, in 2011.
As of late, Simon is celebrating his game-changing album Graceland, which gets the box set treatment next month in celebration of its 25th anniversary (despite the fact that actually turns 26 in August). And while Simon says he doesn’t want to live in the past, he’s performing the album in full alongside African group Ladysmith Black Mambazo during a handful of European dates this summer.
— Jillian Mapes, CBS Local