Now that Art Garfunkel is back on the road following paralyzed vocal chords that halted his career for most of the last four years, the 72-year-old was asked by Rolling Stone about Paul Simon. Simon and Garfunkel has had an on-again, off-again relationship since they recorded their first hit in 1957, “Hey, Schoolgirl,” which they released as Tom and Jerry.
Garfunkel, owner of five adult contemporary No. 1 hits and another 10 that hit the AC Top 40, was asked: “Do you think Simon and Garfunkel are going to tour in the future?”
His reply: “Yes.”
“We are indescribable. It’s an inbred, ingrown, deep friendship. Yes, there’s deep love there, but there’s also (expletive),” he explained. “We love music. We love to get it on. When it’s show time, and that great (expletive) player, Paul Simon, lays down those guitar parts, we both go into this bubble. That’s the third member, Paul’s guitar playing. This threesome goes to heaven, and it leaves the earth.”
He was also asked about being 72 and “Old Friends,” which Simon wrote and the duo released in April 1968. The song has the lyric, “How terribly strange to be 70.”
“At first, it wasn’t strange at all. Seventy was painless. Seventy-one was still painless. Seventy-two is about your lower back,” Garfunkel told the magazine. “You put your socks on in the morning and you’re 72. You get out of a taxi with a package and you’re 72. The lower back feels the age. The other 99 percent of my life is cool.”
Speaking of Paul Simon, he — along with James Taylor and Dionne Warwick — will join Sting at his and wife Trudy Styler’s 25th Annual Rainforest Fund Benefit Concert on April 17 at Carnegie Hall in New York City. Opera star Renee Fleming and jazz trumpeter Chris Botti also will perform. More artists are expected to be added to the roster.
Two-thirds of the way through Billy Joel’s monthly residency gig at NYC’s Madison Square Garden, the Piano Man told AC/DC singer Brian Johnson that the band “may be the best band I saw in my life played here.”
With that, Joel and his band tore into the Aussie hard rock outfit’s 1980 smash, “You Shook Me All Night Long,” with Johnson taking the lead vocal, reports Noise11.
During the set, Joel performed several covers, including The Beatles’ “A Hard Day’s Night’ and “When I’m 64” and Elton John’s “Your Song.” The night before, while on “The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon,” he and Fallon sang The Token’s hit “The Lion Sleeps Tonight,” a song he also performed during his Madison Square Garden gig.
WHY ARETHA FRANKLIN WON’T RETIRE
Aretha Franklin took some time during her 72nd birthday party at the Ritz Carlton in New York to talk of plans for her actual birthday the next day to Rolling Stone.
“I think I’m going to see the “Motown” musical again. It’s about Detroit and I knew all the real people: Diana (Ross) and Marvin (Gaye) and Berry (Gordy) and Smokey (Robinson),” Franklin said of her hometown. “They do a great portrayal of those people.”
It was noted to her that many of those artists, like Franklin, are still recording and performing. So will the lady of soul ever retire?
“Why should I? I’m doing what I love and people love to hear us do it,” she said. “I’ll always do it.”
LONG-LOST ARTISTS RETURN
Boston alt-rockers The Pixies, led by singer-guitarist Black Francis, were around from 1986-1993. The band reformed in 2004 for a successful tour that reportedly grossed $14 million in ticket sales. However, last June co-founding bassist Kim Deal quit.
On April 28, fans will see the release of the 12-song “Indie Cindy” — the group’s first full-length album in 23 years, since 1991’s “Trompe le Monde.” There is a proviso: the CD contains songs from October 2012 sessions in Wales that comprised three EP’s released only online since 2013. Also included is the surprise song recently released, “Bagboy.”
Heavily influential English experimental performance artist Kate Bush is back.
The 55-year-old artist stopped touring shortly after turning 21 upon the completion of a six-week tour in 1979 due to physical exhaustion and a fear of flying. But she will now perform for the first time in 35 years.