July 24, 2012 - Norway
1. Kodachrome/Gone At Last
The band (not all members are present at all shows)
Vincent Nguini - Guitar
Fans who attended this show
Hello ! I am a conductor and hhave for the last years done several concerts with the songs of Paul Simon with several choirs. I do also have a maser based upon Simons songs. I would be glad to met him a few seconds in Oslo during his concert there.
I have been a die-hard PS fan since I was 12 (from 1976). I have seen 6 concerts before and loved them all. Yesterday I saw him for the 7th time, in Oslo. It was like being spitted in my face. After the 1st hr with PS songs, rather mediocre set and not perfect sound, he gave the stage away to LBM and Hugh Mazakela (or how you spell it...don´t care to check) for an hour. I left the concert after the audience had been forced to listen to- and watch LBM dance and sing for 25 minutes followed by some weird Mandela-shouting by HM supported by PS. When a South African lady entered the stage I left the show. I have never been a big fan of Graceland, but the album is OK, but highly overrated, but I never imagined he would give away the stage for so long to his African friends with the worst kind of extremely boring music and political shouting. I spend 800 USD in flight ticket, hotel and ticket and spent 2 days of my holiday. Mr. Simon: I want my money back! To make it absurd ( and this a completely true) I later - randomly - met him on the street outside his hotel when he came in taxi after the concert! I couldn´t believe it. I was 1 meter away from PS and looking at him and he looking at me. What do do? Give him a verbal beating for a terrible concert? Ask for the autograph? Take a photo with him? A 13-14 year old boy then came up and asked PS to sign ´Graceland´ and ´BOTW´. The boy obviously knew that PS was at this hotel and had waited outside. PS signed ´Graceland´, bur REFUSED to sign ´BOTW´. PS was also grumpy and did not smile of say anything. What discraceful behaviour! I just left my biggest idol there and then with a bad taste in my mouth. I live in Bergen, Norway and had tickets - or course - in my hometown tomorrow (26th), of what should have been the biggest event in my life, but I have now given them away. I still love his music, but as a person he proved to be Mr. Nothing. I will never see him live again, except with AG - if that happens. From another very disappointed Paul S in Norway ( yes, we have the same initials and first name)
reply to Paal
A somehow strange concert review from Oslo.
Paal - Dette var en jubileumskonsert for Graceland-albumet og du forlater konserten FØR Graceland-showet begynner. Det blir bare for dumt og ved at du i ettertid skriver en anmeldelse av konserten blir som om at du skal beskrive en matrett du aldri har smakt. Hva med litt research på forhånd da? I disse tider så kan du jo se de fleste konserter på Youtube nesten umiddelbart etterpå. Hvis du forventa å høre bare gamle S&G-klassikere så kunne du ha unngått denne, for din del, bomturen. Du skriver at du er en Die-Hard fan av Paul, men det tyder jo fint lite på at det er tilfelle når du så til de grader bommer på hele meningen bak denne turneen. Og at du traff ham etterpå tror jeg vel litt hva jeg vil om. Uansett beklagelig for din del, jeg hadde ihvertfall en fantastisk konsertopplevelse og det virka som om både øvrig publikum og presse storkoste seg.