Paul Simon Kicks Off Summer Tour at JazzFest: Setlist + Video
Simon's 18-song set was heavy on hits from his solo career, with seven numbers coming from Graceland and The Rhythm of the Saints. He debuted two new songs, "The Werewolf" and "Wristband," from his upcoming album Stranger to Stranger. He also gave a nod to New Orleans' musical heritage by adding the zydeco-flavored "That Was Your Mother," a deep cut from Graceland, into the set. Simon & Garfunkel were only represented by "The Boxer" and "The Sound of Silence -- the latter of which is embedded above -- in the encores.
Nola.com says that Simon dedicated the concert to Allen Toussaint, the legendary New Orleans pianist, songwriter and producer who died last November. He wore a button on his shirt with a picture of Toussaint and said, "Life, Love & Faith" -- the title of Toussaint's 1972 album -- at one point. A month before he passed, Toussaint recorded a cover of Simon's "American Tune" that will appear on his posthumous album, American Tunes, when it's released on June 10.
In an odd scheduling quirk, Simon's set at JazzFest had a 30-minute overlap with Los Lobos' performance on a different stage. Los Lobos have long accused Simon of not giving them proper credit for their contributions on Graceland's "All Around the World or the Myth of Fingerprints."
Stranger to Stranger is coming out on June 3. On Thursday (April 28), he released a second song from it, "Cool Papa Bell," which is named after the legendary Negro League baseball player who was believed to be the fastest man ever to play the game.
Paul Simon, New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, New Orleans, April 29, 2016 Setlist
1. "Proof" (instrumental)
2. "The Boy in the Bubble"
3. "50 Ways to Leave Your Lover"
4. "The Werewolf"
5. "Dazzling Blue"
6. "Mother and Child Reunion"
8. "Me and Julio Down by the Schoolyard"
9. "Still Crazy After All These Years"
10. "Spirit Voices"
11. "The Cool, Cool River"
12. "That Was Your Mother"
13. "Diamonds on the Soles of Her Shoes"
14. "You Can Call Me Al"
16. "Late in the Evening"
17. "The Boxer"
18. "The Sound of Silence"
See Paul Simon and Other Rockers in the Top 100 Albums of the '80s