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October 19, 2003 - USA / Michigan
Auburn Hills - Palace of Auburn Hills


01 Old Friends (acoustic)
02 Hazy Shade of Winter
03 I Am A Rock
04 America
05 At the Zoo
06 Baby Driver
07 Kathyīs Song (acoustic)
08 Hey Schoolgirl

Everly Brothers Set (4 songs)
09 Wake Up Little Susie
10 (All I Have To Do) Dream
11 Let It Be Me
12 Bye Bye Love (with Simon and Garfunkel)

13 Scarborough Fair
14 Homeward Bound
15 The Sound of Silence
16 Mrs. Robinson
17 Slip Sliding Away
18 El Condor Pasa (If I Could)
19 Keep the Customer Satisfied
20 The Only Living Boy in New York
21 American Tune
22 My Little Town
23 Bridge Over Troubled Water

Encore 1
24 Cecilia
25 The Boxer

Encore 2
26 Leaves That Are Green (acoustic)
27 The 59th Street Bridge Song (Feelinī Groovy)

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

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

Fans who attended this show

Erin Grontkowski-Smith

Review by:

Sundayīs show was better than Saturdayīs. The Saturday show had more slightly out-of -synch vocals and Mark Stewart was noticeably off on the backgrounds for īOnly Living Boy.ī Here are some random thoughts on the performance Sunday - America (instrumental) - sounds like this was recorded with the road band. Maybe thatīs what the rumored recording session in Pennsylvania produced. Old Friends/Bookends-solo acoustic, nice blend

A Hazy Shade Of Winter-Paul on acoustic 12-string, Larry on electric 12-string (playing the riff), Mark on electric six string. Keltner really rocks on this one. The guitars have a neo-psychedelic sound that I really liked. Changes in melody and lyrics - repeating ītime, time, timeī at several points. I Am A Rock- Basically, Paulīs Youīre The One tour arrangement with Art on harmony. I think they played it in B-flat instead of īC,ī for the recorded version.

Paul on acoustic six string, Larry again on electric 12-string, Mark on electric six string. America-really close to the original arrangement, right down to the introductory humming. I think they play it in E-flat which is the recorded key. Larry on electric six string, Mark on a big hollow body electric six string, Paul on acoustic six string. Mark takes the solo. At The Zoo-Paul and Larry on acoustic six string, Mark on electric. Nice driving arrangement, Keltner really stands out. Art does a nice job on harmonies. Slides right into: Baby Driver -Larry plays riff on acoustic, Mark on electric, Paul on acoustic. Mark on electric, at end recreates īmotorcycleī sounds by sliding pick down bass string and de-tuning.

Kathyīs Song-Just Paul and Artie. Artie vocal solo. Nice, sympathetic accompaniment by Paul. Paulīs an incredibly talented acoustic guitarist and one of his gifts is being truly complementary to the vocal line, not trying to outshine the singer with fancy technique. Just great. Hey Schoolgirl-again, just Paul and Artie, acoustic. First verse and chorus only, then introduction of Everly Brothers.

Everly Brothers (with the S & G band): Wake Up Little Susie, All I Have To Is Dream, Let It Be Me (still one of my all-time favorites, and they do a great job. What can you say about a song thatīs been recorded by everyone from Dylan (twice, no less!) and Willie Nelson to Dave Edmunds, Jackson Browne, Sam & Dave, The 5th Dimension, etc.) S&G join The Everly Brothers for Bye Bye Love-Paul and the Everlys on acoustic guitars. Art salaams to Don Everly, Everlys depart to hugs all around.

Scarborough Fair-Harkening back to Artīs 1978 tour arrangement, this featured Mark on cello. Larry on acoustic, Rob Schwimmer on īelectric harpsichordī synth effects. Nice version. Homeward Bound-Larry on classical acoustic (and first solo), Mark on electric (and second solo), jamming out on the end a bit. Paul changes the original run in thirds that precedes the last chorus and instead plays an Am7 to Am7 at the second fret (I know thatīs not the chordīs name but thatīs what I call it) sort of reminiscent of the intro to Kathyīs Song. Sounds Of Silence-Paul on acoustic, Larry and Mark on electric. Very similar to the īYouīre The Oneī tour version. A video montage starting with S&G at Monterey Pop doing īThe 59th Street Bridge Songī and showing a series of watershed events - some from the Songs For America special (contrail peace sign) - and footage from the graduate ending with a freeze frame of Anne Bancroft as Mrs. Robinson. Mrs. Robinson-Nice organ solo by Rob Schwimmer, Mark on electric, Paul and Larry on acoustic.

Slip, Sliding Away-Paul on acoustic 12 string, Mark on electric, Larry on electric 12 string (I think). Nice version - on the fade, Paul does his falsetto and Artie alternates between falsetto and true voice. Nice effect. El Condor Pasa-Paul on acoustic, Rob on accordion, Mark on mandolin and Larry on what looked like a charango (but I couldnīt see the armodillo shell). Very close to the original arrangement. Keep The Customer Satisfied-I thought theyīd do this one because I thought (wrongly) they had horns in the band. I was surprised that I didnīt miss the horns. This one rocked with Paul on acoustic 12-string and Larry and Mark on electric six strings. The keyboards were great on this and really filled out the sound and Paul and Art sang their asses off.

The Only Living Boy In New York-Paul on acoustic 12-string, really nice bass work Pino Palladino, reproducing those lovely bass lines from the album version. Art sings right next to Mark and the background vocals are noticeably improved over Saturday night. I think Larry is playing a ukelele (!!) on this one. Mark on electric guitar and backing vocals and I think Rob Schwimmer is also singing on the background. American Tune-nice version with Mark on cello. My Little Town-Mark on electric hollow body, Paul and Larry on acoustics. I havenīt mentioned Warren Bernhardt so far but this guy is an absolute monster on piano. Iīve heard him many times over the years and he is just an unbelievable stud. This one really rocks and Keltner looks like heīs having a blast.

Bridge Over Troubled Water-Art on verse one, Paul on verse two, S&G on verse three up until the īsailing right behind,ī then itīs Artie and he really nails the crescendo. Paul plays electric guitar on third verse. Bernhardt does a nice job between verses two and three disguising the full-step downward modulation that enables Artie to hit the high note, but what the hey, most people wonīt notice. Spontaneous standing ovation, including me. Paul steps to side, gestures to Artie and allows him to take the applause. Artie points back to Paul to, as I take it, acknowledge that Paul wrote these incredible songs.

First encore: Cecilia, which had been in the main set the first night, is now the first encore. In his own shows, Artie always has some type of break before a song that requires real vocal strength. So his band will jam out on El Condor Pasa or heīll have a five minute drum solo on Cecilia before he sings Skywriter or Bridge. I figured that was the case here but then they moved Cecilia to the encore. Jamey Haddad steps out here and Paul and Art sound like they really enjoy doing this one. The Boxer-Rob Schwimmer does the instrumental solo on theramin (!!) giving it a nicely weird feel. Larry and Paul on acoustic and Mark on electric. I was wondering if theyīd do the really cool Fred Carter, Jr. lick that kicks off the record but they didnīt, just Paulīs usual Travis picking. Paul sort of shadow-boxes Artie afterwards, very playful.

Encore Two:
Leaves That Are Green-Just Paul and Artie. Paul says īwe havenīt done this together since 1967.ī I think they did it at least once in 1970, but thatīs okay. Paulīs fingerpicking is really, really cool and instantly recognizable - I involuntarily īaahī as soon as he starts. Iīm stunned, itīs that good. They do it completely straight, no īI was twenty one years when I wrote this song, Iīm on social security now but I wonīt be for long,ī or anything remotely comic. Iīm relieved. Artie takes the third verse. 59th Street Bridge Song-Mark looks like heīs playing a homemade didgeridoo, Larry is playing something that looks like an eight-stringed ukelele (maybe whatever it was that I thought was a charango earlier). Mark kind of sounds like the oboe on the Harpers Bizarre version (which I hate). Paul leans in to sing with Artie into Artieīs mike which is a mistake because there really isnīt room. They laugh - no sign of tension over little errors. Goodnight, Detroit.

I loved hearing these guys again. I thought they really approached this the right way and did justice to those incredible Simon & Garfunkel albums.

Review by:
Jim Couser

What a wonderful and memorable evening the second Auburn Hills (Sunday) concert was. My wife and I had seen Simon & Garfunkel in Detroit in October 1969. To think that 34 years later weīd have the opportunity to see them again.

I was truly impressed with the raport between the two of them and the backup band. Our seats were to the right of the stage, up quite high but the sound was great and it was a good perspective on the entire ensemble. It helped have binoculars.

I went through high school & college listening to these two and modeling my own guitar playing and singing after them. Senior year in high school I wrote a paper of commentary on the Parsley Sage album. What an amazing gift of poetry and music Paul Simon has.

Most memorable musical moments of the conert: Kathyīs Song, American Tune, and Bridge. Some very nice variations on several of the numbers and no real surprises in terms of changing the style or tempo.

The one new wrinkle in the song list was including īLeaves that are Greenī in the encores.

Living in Lima, OH, we were just as close to Columbus or even Cleveland. It was well worth the trip to Detroit.