Even though he's spent the last year giving farewell concerts ahead of his announced retirement, the great Paul Simon will grace one more Bay Area stage before calling it quits, at Outside Lands this August.
Outside Lands organizers Another Planet and Superfly announced Simon's appearance on the bill Friday, ahead of the planned announcement of the full lineup on Tuesday, March 26. As the Chronicle reports, this is the first time the organizers have announced a single headliner ahead of the full lineup.
Simon says he will be donating all of his earnings from the show to an as-yet unnamed environmental organization — and he's previously said he would come out of retirement occasionally to perform concerts to benefit environmental causes.
This is Simon's first ever performance in Golden Gate Park, and as Rolling Stone notes, this will be his first concert since wrapping his Homeward Bound Tour in September 2018.
The 77-year-old singer-songwriter issued a statement saying "I’m looking forward with great anticipation to playing at Golden Gate Park this summer. This will be my first appearance there, and it’s an honor to join the long line of musicians who’ve given the park its sanctified musical heritage. I’m equally pleased to be playing in San Francisco with its well-deserved reputation for being in the forefront of environmental issues. I’m grateful for the opportunity to be of service to this vital cause."
Outside Lands has traditionally reserved the Sunday night headliner slot for "legacy" acts like, in recent years, Elton John, Lionel Ritchie, Hall & Oates, The Who, and Janet Jackson.
So-called Eager Beaver tickets, which are released ahead of the lineup and usually priced $20 or $30 under what the general 3-day pass price is, went on sale earlier this week and quickly sold out. They were priced at $349.50 for general admission to $785 for VIP, just to give you an idea of what the prices on Tuesday will be.
Look for Outside Lands tickets here after the lineup announcement happens Tuesday, and you can sign up for email alerts at that link too.
And now, a little throwback to the Graceland era — even if many would decry this kind of musical appropriation if it happened now, it's still a great song!