Thursday, 21 July 2022

Hard Rock Calling 2012 - Paul Simon

I returned to Hyde Park the following day after the Bruce Springsteen concert for Paul Simon.

Because the previous day had left me completely knackered I did not go there early and so I arrived when Alison Krauss, who was appearing immediately before Paul Simon, had started playing.
When it was time for Paul Simon, he began his set with old favourites from the Simon & Garfunkel era (Me & Julio Down By The Schoolyard) but also from his solo career (Slip Slidin' Away).
He brought on stage Jimmy Cliff as a guest...
... and later Ladysmith Black Mambazo and his original Graceland band with whom they played the complete Graceland album together, which was what this concert was about, the 25 year anniversary of this classic album.

The sound volume was extremely low and if you were not in a good position, you could not hear the music and you could only hear other people's conversations. The weather was a bit better, the sun came out for a while, it didn't rain, but it was quite chilly at the end of the concert.

02.Gone At Last
03.Dazzling Blue
04.50 Ways To Leave Your Lover
05.The Harder They Come (with Jimmy Cliff)
06.Many Rivers To Cross (with Jimmy Cliff)
07.Vietnam (with Jimmy Cliff)
08.Mother And Child Reunion (with Jimmy Cliff)
09.That Was Your Mother
10.Hearts And Bones / Mystery Train / Wheels
11.Me And Julio Down By The Schoolyard
12.Slip Slidin' Away
13.The Obvious Child
14.Hello My Baby
15.Nomathemba (with Ladysmith Black Mambazo)
16.Homeless (with Ladysmith Black Mambazo)
17.Diamonds On The Soles Of Her Shoes (with Ladysmith Black Mambazo)
18.I Know What I Know
19.The Boy In the Bubble
20.Mandela (Bring Him Back Home) (with Hugh Masekela)
21.Stimela (with Hugh Masekela)
22.Crazy Love, Vol. II
23.African Sunset (with Thandiswa Mazwai)
24.Under African Skies (with Thandiswa Mazwai)
27.You Can Call Me Al
28.The Sound Of Silence
29.The Boxer (with Jerry Douglas)
30.Late In The Evening
31.Still Crazy After All These Years

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