The neck of my Guitar

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July 17, 2001 - USA / Pennsylvania
Hershey - Hershey Park Stadium

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

Vincent Nguini - Guitar
Bakithi Kumalo - Bass
Mark Stewart - Guitars, Cello, Saxophone, selfmade instruments
Tony Cedras - Accordeon, Keyboard, Guitars
Andy Snitzer - Saxophone, Synthesizer
Jay Ashby - Trombone, Percussion
Jamey Haddad - Percussion
Alain Mallet - Keyboard, Accordion
Steve Shehan - Percussion
Jim Hynes - Trumpet
Graham Hawthorne - Drums

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Paul Simon has entered the new millennium in the same fashion as he left the old one a legend, a genius and a bona fide first-class entertainer. And when his tour bus came into town on July 17 for his show with Brian Wilson at Hersheypark愀 Star Pavilion, he brought all of his accolades with him. And his songs.

Opening up with 幅hat愀 Where I Belong from the new album, You愉e The One (the title-song of which he also played), Simon razzled, dazzled and repeatedly brought the near capacity crowd to their feet, with hits spanning his impressive fifty-plus year career. The play list ran like a who愀 who of great pop songs: 尊ate In The Evening 幅he Boxer, 尋e and Julio Down By The Schoolyard, 廊ou Can Call Me Al, 巽till Crazy After All These Years, it goes on.

Bringing an 11 piece band of singularly phenomenal musicians, Simon showed the house just how strong his foundations are by recreating, rearranging and reinterpreting his songs, sometimes shuffling up the beat, sometimes playing up the rhythm and through it all, each song not only became itself but also unfolded like a rose and every bit as beautifully. Change-ups of 寐odachrome, 尋rs. Robinson, and 媒ecilia all treated the audience by allowing them to hear old favorites renewed, and with rewards just as sweet.

The songs from his new album really came alive and showed themselves for the first time as keeping good company with the others. And while certain renderings recalled the folk singer-songwriter of Simon and Garfunkle fame (寒omeward Bound, 幅he Sounds of Silence) other weren愒 afraid to rock out, (嵐roof, 尊oves Me Like A Rock). Still others held the world-beat examples that pointed him as the leader of world-beat in the 80愀, such as his mega-hit 孱raceland played here to perfection. In-between it all, Simon entertained the crowd with laid-back interactions and off-the-cuff stage banter.

Before the show, the forecasters were predicting rain but even the skies couldn愒 resist holding out for Paul Simon. All in all, a five star show at the Star Pavilion.