Live review: Paul Simon @ the 1stBank CenterBy Evan Semon | October 27th, 2011 | 1 Comment »
Legendary singer/songwriter Paul Simon made a stop at the 1stBank Center on Wednesday, fresh off the release of “Songwriter,” a new two-disc album that captures the 70-year-old’s 54-year career in music.
The concert mirrored the new greatest hits album, with Simon covering music from five decades with live versions of hits like “Sounds of Silence” (1965), “The Only Living Boy in New York” (1970), “Graceland”
(1987), “The Obvious Child” (1990) and “So Beautiful or So What” (2011).
Simon has not lost his touch in combining rhythm-based world music with simple yet socially conscious lyrics. Deep down, the audience sees that Simon really loves to play live and will sometimes find an excuse to turn what they recognize as a love song like “Hearts and Bones” (1983) into an all-out jam band session that bleeds into covers of “Mystery Train” by Jr. Parker and “Wheels” by Chet Atkins.
Major highlights were the two encores, where Simon payed homage to friend and Beatle George Harrision with a stripped down version of “Here Comes the Sun,” and then finishing the two-plus hour show, fittingly with the easily predicted “Still Crazy After All These Years.”
Evan Semón is a Denver freelance writer and photographer and regular contributor to Reverb. See more of his work.