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November 02, 2003 - USA / Oregon
Portland - Rose Garden

Setlist

(Video Montage of S&G and world events)
Old Friends
A Hazy Shade of Winter
I Am a Rock
America
It´s All Happening at the Zoo
Baby Driver
Kathy´s Song
Hey, Schoolgirl

Everly Brothers
Wake Up Little Susie
Dream
Let it Be Me
Bye Bye Love (with Simon & Garfunkel)

Scarborough Fair
Homeward Bound
The Sound of Silence
(Screen Images of The Graduate)
Mrs. Robinson
Slip Slidin´ Away
El Condor Pasa (If I Could)
Keep the Customer Satisfied
The Only Living Boy in New York
American Tune
My Little Town
Bridge Over Troubled Water

Encore #1
Cecilia
The Boxer

Encore #2
Leaves that are Green
The 59th Street Bridge Song (Feelin´ Groovy)



The band (not all members are present at all shows)

Mark Stewart - Guitars, Cello, Saxophone, selfmade instruments
Jamey Haddad - Percussion
Rob Schwimmer - Keyboards, Theramin
Jim Keltner - Drums
Pino Palladino - Bass
Larry Saltzman - Guitar
Warren Bernhardt - Piano




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Review by:
Sand G

I was fortunate enough to attend both shows. My seats were ´limited view´ at Seattle as we were seated behind Paul and Artie´s right shoulders. In Portland we were straight out from the stage and both sets of seats were fantastic. There really weren´t bad seats because of the moniters.

I don´t really have much to add to the previous Seattle review. The setlists were the same for both shows and those being consistent with the one posted on simomandgarfunkel.com. There was definitely more energy from the Seattle crowd and that fed into S and G´s performance. There were a few songs done more lively in Portland but overall if forced to choose I would say the Seattle show was slightly better.

Art wore his white shirt and black vest with jeans and Paul wore a reddish orange tshirt and jeans in Seattle. In Portland Art wore a purple button down with slacks and Paul wore a blue tshirt with a print of fireworks on it with
jeans. They were an event of a lifetime given that they had broken up four years before my birth so I was not around the first time around. They both were in great shape musically and both performed above my expectations. Two great
shows.

Review by:
Marty Hughley

One of the good things about being old friends is that you get to have lots of anniversaries, special ways of marking the important times in life.

Paul Simon, who turned 62 a few weeks ago, and Art Garfunkel, due to cross the same threshold Wednesday, met in the sixth grade. ´With a few interruptions,´ Garfunkel said Sunday night at the Rose Garden, ´it´s now been a 50-year friendship.´

That propitious meeting is a fine milestone to mark with their latest reunion, for what´s called the Old Friends Tour, but it´s not the only beginning they have to look back on.

´We met when we were 11, started singing together when we were 13, started arguing when we were 14,´ Simon added. ´So this is the 47th anniversary of our arguing.

Regardless of the periodic spats, harmony has been the hallmark of their relationship. Musical harmony, at least. That was especially true from 1964 to 1970, when Simon´s deft, ambitious songwriting and Garfunkel´s angelic tenor blended into some of their generation´s cultural touchstones. And it was true again Sunday, as they delivered two hours of mostly gorgeous, often spirited music that -- while it may well have evoked feelings of nostalgia -- proved timelessness to be the true heart of its appeal.

Songs such as ´America,´ ´My Little Town,´ and, most dramatically, ´The Boxer´ and ´Bridge Over Troubled Water´ were reminders of the gently challenging yet firmly reassuring voice the duo provided, but showed that they by no means depend on historical context. And with the backing of a skilled seven-piece band, anchored by revered drummer Jim Keltner, the duo ranged comfortably from delicate folk fantasies such as ´Scarborough Fair´ to rockers such as ´Baby Driver´ and lively pop larks such as ´At the Zoo.´

The duo opened the show by themselves, their two voices harmonizing, appropriately, on the song ´Old Friends´ (´Can you imagine us, years from today, sharing a park bench quietly?´). Age has changed their voices, but not all that much or for the worse. Garfunkel´s voice is not so preternaturally pliant, but it has more warmth and gravity. Sometimes it was astounding that the fullness of vocal sound really was coming from just those two.

They appeared to get on fine, and Simon´s comment about arguing mostly was a set-up to introduce special guests the Everly Brothers, who took over mid-set for a few remarkably beautiful old classics (´Wake Up Little Susie,´ ´Let It Be Me´) and were joined by the headliners on ´Bye Bye Love.´

If there were any grounds for complaint, it was that the songs for the second encore -- the delicate and lesser-known ´Leaves That Are Green´ and ´The 59th Street Bridge Song (Feelin´ Groovy),´ whose charm has faded over time -- were anti-climactic.

Perhaps Paul and Art should argue more over the set list.