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Paul Simon – Live at The Sound Academy

I have seen a multitude of talented, passionate and electrifying performers in my life. Never, have I seen a show like this. Paul Simon, accompanied by his 8 piece-powerhouse band, hit the Sound Academy in Toronto last night for the most memorable live show of my entire life. Perhaps, I was a tad biased, due to the fact that he is and always will be my favorite musician of all time. Never the less, I was extremely impressed by literally every aspect of the show. Everyone on that stage was talented beyond the expression of words. Guitarists were playing flutes, Drummers were playing guitars, Pianists were playing trumpets, and everyone was amazing at all of it!

He opened with an energetic rendition of his hit The Boy In The Bubble, for which the crowd instantly went crazy for. He then moved on to new material off of his forthcoming album So Beautiful, or So What. All of which was equivalent to his usual caliber of excellence. Throughout the show, he happily performed classic crowd pleasers like 50 Ways To Leave Your Lover, Slip Slidin’ Away, Diamonds On The Soles Of Her Shoes and so many more. My personal favorite was the solo performance of his all-time hit, The Sound Of Silence.

As a die-hard Paul Simon fan, my expectations were met and well exceeded from the first 15 minutes of the show. From his subtle bouts of humor, to his plethora of quirky stage mannerisms, the man was as charming and fun to watch as any fan would have hoped for. The audience (myself included) was particularly blown away when a fan screamed a random song request (Duncan), and instead of proceeding with the arranged set-list, he stopped the show and agreed to perform it. Although, when the fan screamed “I learned to play guitar on that song”, he invited her on the stage to perform it. Shaky as ever, the trembling fan met Paul’s request and performed the song in it’s entirety! She did an amazing job as well! I can’t do this moment the justice it deserves through words, but if you could have been in the crowd to feel the positive energy that was generated vicariously through her experience, you would have gotten just as many chills as I did.

I walked away from this Godly experience a changed man. There is something so organic about Paul Simon’s artistry that is completely accentuated live. Whether you like rock, folk, country, rap, techno or punk, I highly encourage you to give his music a chance. He is the most profound and skilled musician/songwriter of our time and he should always be honored as such.

Thank you Mr. Simon, for the most entertaining night of my life.

Watch his guest feature with Ed Helms on SNL next week!

Comments

  • Anonymous

    You know I am not a big fan of the man, but I do agree he has earned respect as a legend. Great story, you really captured this experience for our reading audience so well. Bravo sir!

  • Anonymous

    You know I am not a big fan of the man, but I do agree he has earned respect as a legend. Great story, you really captured this experience for our reading audience so well. Bravo sir!

  • Anonymous

    You know I am not a big fan of the man, but I do agree he has earned respect as a legend. Great story, you really captured this experience for our reading audience so well. Bravo sir!

  • Anonymous

    You know I am not a big fan of the man, but I do agree he has earned respect as a legend. Great story, you really captured this experience for our reading audience so well. Bravo sir!

    • Chris Elliott

      Thanks dude. I appreciate it. I think that you would have fully dug this show, had you have been there. Like I said, he’s got a certain way about him live.

  • Anonymous

    MY BOY! Love your passion man! I’m a fan of Paul Simon myself but nowhere close to where you are. I appreciate your love of music that may not be considered “Cool” by most. Shit, when I knew we was boys when you had Ace of Base on the iPOD!

    Also, love the performace blog. You need to go to more shows and cover them man. Great insight of the night!

    Dreamland stand up.

    jg

    • Chris Elliott

      Thanks a lot brotha! It was an amazing show. Totally knocked my socks off. I think you would have really liked it as well. And I agree. I do need to go to more shows and do this. I really enjoy reviewing any kind of performance. I think a 3-way Triple-Up slime-time blog needs to go down real soon.

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