2012 Hard Rock Calling Festival in London. With an epic career-spanning set including his Greatest Hits plus almost the entire Graceland album with the original Graceland musicians, including Hugh Masekela and Ladysmith Black Mambazo. It also includes a surprise appearance from reggae legend Jimmy Cliff.
Paul Simon needs no introduction but should you want one he has been in the business since the late 1950s starting out as one half of a rock ‘n’ roll duo called Tom & Jerry with school friend Art Garfunkel. After university the duo reformed in the mid-60s as Simon & Garfunkel. After a false start with their debut album they started gaining popularity when one of the songs off the album was re-released with a band overdubbed to cash in on the ‘folk rock’ boom. They didn’t look back and the time of their fifth album ‘Bridge Over Troubled Water’ (1970) their immortality in the music scene was assured.
The two men went solo in the 1970s with continued success although by the early 1980s their sales had slipped. Simon returned in 1986 with ‘Graceland’, the biggest solo hit of his career with an apartheid busting melding of South African sounds with Western rock music. The occasional reunion with his old partner notwithstanding, success has continued for the legend.
Now in his seventies he isn’t showing any signs of stopping and in 2012 he headlined Hyde Park and the film and record of this show is now available. The gig which The Guardian said was “one of the landmark concerts of his career.” saw Simon perform the ‘Graceland’ album along with plenty of his other classic solo and Simon & Garfunkel songs, backed up with the South African musicians who played on the ‘Graceland’ album. Guests included Hugh Masekela, Ladysmith Black Mambazo and Jimmy Cliff.