Vincent Nguini - Guitar
Bakithi Kumalo - Bass
Mark Stewart - Guitars, Cello, Saxophone, selfmade instruments
Tony Cedras - Accordeon, Keyboard, Guitars
Andy Snitzer - Saxophone, Synthesizer
Jamey Haddad - Percussion
Rob Schwimmer - Keyboards, Theremin
Warren Bernhardt - Piano
Charley Drayton - Drums
Saw Paul and Art last night here in Melbourne and, despite the fact that I am a lifelong fan of both individually and as Simon and Garfunkel, I have to say that this was the best concert I have been to.
The two hour set list (including a twenty minute burst of individual hits by both Paul and Art) was simply superb, the harmonies as pristine as ever (having, if anything, matured with age), Paul was in his element as the centre of the stage´s musical universe, and the backing band (led by the uncomparable Mark Stewart) superb.
It is very hard to describe the night in tangible terms. The emotion and ´trip down memory lane´ associated with the event is rather hard to decribe. All I can say is this was a dream come true for me - something that I never thought I would experience - my life has been enriched for time I spent watching my muscial heroes perform.
I note that a lot of people have been overtly critical of the ´quality´ of the Art Garfunkel voice. This, quite frankly, is irrelevant. The emotions he strings by articulating words to those great songs far, far, far outweighs any vocal flaws. As for Paul, what can I say? He is and forever will be the greatest songwriter I will ever witness (live!).