With Simon & Garfunkel unlikely to perform together again, don’t miss the next best thing
Childhood friends who grew up together in Queens, New York, Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel went on to become one of the most popular music acts of the 1960s.
Hits like The Sound of Silence, Mrs Robinson, The Boxer and Bridge Over Troubled Water soundtracked the decade, with the duo serving as counterculture icons for a generation in the midst of a social revolution.
But, famously, they traversed troubled waters of their own; their relationship one of creative harmony but personal discord. At the peak of their success, Paul Simon opted out – leaving Garfunkel bitterly wondering why his musical partner was walking away from such a good thing – at its commercial peak – to covertly pursue solo ambitions (he neglected to tell Art that he’d been making his own album).
They’ve reunited a few times since for concerts, but the frostiness continues; their rift reaching mythological status in the annals of rock history. Now both in their mid-70s, the chances of seeing them play live again together, one senses, is increasingly slim.
But, you can catch the next best thing in Cambridge this month, when The Simon & Garfunkel Story heads to the Corn Exchange. Coming our way following a sell-out success in the West End, the show has now been seen by more than a quarter of a million people worldwide, and offers a theatre-style concert show featuring the duo’s biggest hits – sublime harmonies faithfully restored – with a full live band, along with original film footage and projection photos, to recreate the magic of a seminal point in music.
Catch it on 9 October, tickets are £27.50.