Simon and Garfunkel reunion?

After their reunion concert in Central Park, Simon and Garfunkel went on tour and I got to see them in Vancouver. I still remember Paul Simon talking in between the songs. He said that they had a lot of success during the 60s, and then they didn’t do anything together during the 70s, and here it was the 80s and they were singing together again; and he was really looking forward to the 2000s.

I haven’t been able to confirm it anyplace else, but according to this link[sup]*[/sup], he may have been right.

*The IMDb doesn’t archive it’s news stories, so that link will point to something else within a day.

I just found a better link; it’s from the Evening Standard (London).

Considering what mutually hateful pricks they’ve been towards each other in recent decades, I’d have to go with ** I Am A Rock**…

I mean, really. Paul Simon does a free concert in Central Park, and Art Garfunkel makes an immense show of LEAVING TOWN because he can see/hear the show from his apartment? Excuse me, grow up.



p.s. I love their music, but friends? Nope. I love The Police too, and ain’t nobody claiming they’re bosom buddies…

Oh I would not give you false hope
On this strange and mournful day
But the Simon and Garfunkle reunion
Is only a motion away.

Oh little Robot Arm
I can’t for the life of me
Remember a sadder day
I know they say let it be
But it just don’t work out that way
And the course of a lifetime runs
Over and over again

Oh I would not give you false hope
On this strange and mournful day
But the Simon and Garfunkle reunion
Is only a motion away.

Fenris Simon

Please excuse me, as I run aroung my house, screaming like an absolute fool.


(I can’ beleive this, most devoid of them all in content is my 100th post :p)

Well put, Fenris. It’s not like I’m off to camp out at the box office just yet. We may not hear another word about it, but I thought the story was at least worth passing along. Can any UK dopers comment on the integrity of the Evening Standard for something like this?

I was going to start another thread, but it might be better just to slightly hijack this one:

Can anyone tell me what the cause or history of the animosity between these two guys is? I can believe that they aren’t best friends, but do they actively hate each other? Is it one-sided, or does it go both ways? I saw a snippet of an interview with the two of them after the Grammys and even that looked tense. Paul Simon in particular looked like he would rather be anywhere else.

My WAG is that Simon, who is a talented songwriter, resents that many of his most famous songs are indelibly burned into everyone’s memory with someone else (Art) singing them. Garfunkel (who is a talented singer but never had much of a solo career) resents being thought of as an unecessary appendage. Yes? No? Something else?

Your explanation is pretty close to everything I’ve read. There were some complicating factors back in the 60s, like the fact that Art went off to Mexico to shoot Catch-22 and appeared to be embarking on a separate career of movie making. But Paul has always been quoted as talking about his resentment for the adulation Art was receiving - especially for “Bridge Over Troubled Waters.”

That is the same story I heard as well. In fact, if you ever see the video of The Concert in Central Park, (I think PBS shows it every once in awhile) you will notice that during BOTW, Mr. Simon is nowhere to be found. They sing every other song together, even the solo Paul Simon stuff, but he goes backstage while Art does his thing. I like to think that it is because he is letting his friend receive the praise of thousands for singing such a beautiful song…
but I don’t really believe it.

Apparently, they were literally screaming at each other during rehearsals for their reunion on the Grammys last night.

I remember an hour long special during the Concert in Central Park era that consisted of nothing but the history of S & G. Paul said Art was going off and doing movies and wanting Paul to write and arrange and do all the work and he, Art, would show up, sing, do his bit and head back to Hollywood, while still getting half of the check. Paul told him to jump at himself.

I don’t remember Art’s version, but I do remember it sounded REALLY weak in comparison.

I love Simon and Garfunkel, I adore Paul Simon, but I would (sadly) understand if I never got to see them together because they don’t get along.

Apparently re: Paul Simon’s Concert, the one Art didn’t stick around for, Art said to the media ‘I guess now I’m not good enough any more to sing with Paul Simon’. He meant it to be snarky, but my friend’s reaction was ‘Hey, you never WERE good enough to sing with Paul Simon.’ Not a dig at Art as much as sheer reverence re: Paul. He is one of the best songwriters of the 20th century, I firmly believe, and although Art’s voice is beautiful his talent is simply not of the same calibre as Paul’s. He was lucky to have been his partner at all.

Plus Catch 22 was horrible. I have it on tape at home (for some reason, no one will fess up to having brought it there) and have tried, and failed, to watch it several times.

as always, YMMV