As he preps for this weekend's We Love NYC: The Homecoming Concert at Central Park's Great lawn, Paul Simon looked back at his first concert at the Park with Art Garfunkel 40 years ago next month. This past Sunday (August 15th) marked the 30th anniversary of his 1991 solo Central Park concert, and on Saturday (August 21st), Simon will make his third appearance at the Park, joining such legends as Bruce Springsteen, Carlos Santana, Journey, Elvis Costello, and Barry Manilow, among others.
In a new Zoom chat with the Grammy Museum, Paul Simon recalled the September 19th, 1981 Simon & Garfunkel reunion concert at Central Park: “We were both really nervous. That was a large group, but once you get out there, 'takes a little while, then you fall into the rhythm of it and you're okay. So, it was a big emotional event, and a really nice night for Artie and me.”