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Paul Simon Says He Won’t Record With Art Garfunkel Again

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Simon and Garfunkel will not record again, according to Paul Simon. Speaking to Rebecca Jones of BBC Radio 4’s ‘Today‘ program, Simon said that a problem with Art Garfunkel’s vocal cords has affected his ability to sing in the middle of his range.

On top of that, Simon admitted that he “would just as soon not go back and visit the past,” and that Garfunkel’s vocal problems make the possibility of another tour together a “moot point.”

The interview was to promote Simon’s box set to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Simon’s album ‘Graceland.’ Simon immediately acknowledged the inherent contradiction. “I feel the same way about ‘Graceland,’ he continued. “I’m happy to celebrate this 25th anniversary and we’re gonna play a few concerts, but I would just as soon be quietly making new music.”

Simon and Garfunkel broke up as a recording entity after the release of 1969’s ‘Bridge Over Troubled Water’ album. However, they’ve performed intermittently since then, most famously in New York’s Central Park on September 19, 1981. Their last performance together was at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 25th anniversary concerts at Madison Square Garden on October 29-30, 2009. A tour had been planned for 2010, but was postponed due to Garfunkel’s condition.

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