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October 30, 2003 - USA / Colorado
Denver - Pepsi Center


01 Old Friends/Bookends Theme
02 I Am A Rock
03 Hazy Shade Of Winter
04 America
05 At The Zoo
06 Baby Driver
07 Kathy´s Song (Art lead vocal)
08 Hey Schoolgirl (snippet)

Everly´s set:
09 Wake Up Little Susie
10 All I Have To Do Is Dream
11 Let It Be Me
12 Bye Bye Love (w/ S&G)

13 Scarborough Fair
14 Homeward Bound
15 The Sound Of Silence
16 Mrs. Robinson
17 Slip Slidin´ Away
18 El Condor Pasa
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

24 Cecilia
25 The Boxer

26 Leaves That Are Green
27 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, Theremin
Jim Keltner - Drums
Pino Palladino - Bass
Larry Saltzman - Guitar
Warren Bernhardt - Piano

Fans who attended this show

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Review by:

They might be famous for their squabbles offstage. But on stage, there was nothing but love in the air at Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel´s show at Pepsi Center on Thursday night.
The folk-rock duo appeared genuinely happy to be together again for their 36-city ´Old Friends´ tour, their first in twenty years. Having seemingly discovered that they´re better together than apart, they served as tour guides through memory lane for an unabashedly nostalgic evening.

The two-hour set began with a brief video montage on a suspended big screen juxtaposing scenes from their career with footage of world events of the past half-century. When the stage lights came up, the pair opened with ´Old Friends,´ a reminder that their friendship, turbulent at times, dates back to childhood. The line ´How terribly strange to be 70´ drew knowing laughter from the multi-generational crowd - Simon turned 62 this month, Garfunkel will hit that mark in a week.

They wasted no time in launching into some of their best-known standards. There may have been a few cracks in the singing of ´A Hazy Shade Of Winter´ and an otherwise powerful ´I Am A Rock,´ but they found a groove by ´America´ and a grafting of ´At The Zoo´ with ´Baby Driver.´ Garfunkel said the two met in the sixth grade circa 1953 - ´And it occurs to me that it´s been 50 years of this thing we do.´

Their repartee turned playful when Garfunkel introduced ´Kathy´s Song´ by describing their post-college days busking as street musicians in London´s Leicester Square. He reacted to a shout from the front rows. ´I love you Paul?!´ he cried in mock indignation. A smiling Simon assuaged him by leading the crowd in a serenade of ´I love you Artie.´

That seemed to loosen them up. ´We started singing when we were 13, started arguing when we were 14,´ Simon deadpanned as they offered a snippet of ´Hey Schoolgirl,´ recorded when they were 16 and known as Tom & Jerry. Simon admitted to lifting the lyric from Gene Vincent´s ´Be-Bop-A-Lula.´

But the sound, he said, came from their ´heroes,´ the Everly Brothers. They proved the point by bringing on Don and Phil Everly and wowing the fans. The Everlys sang three of their classics - ´Wake Up Little Susie,´ ´All I Have To Do Is Dream´ and a gorgeous ´Let It Be Me´ - before their hosts joined them for a harmony-stuffed version of ´Bye Bye Love.´

A hit parade of famous tunes followed - ´Scarborough Fair,´ ´Homeward Bound,´ ´The Sound of Silence,´ ´Mrs. Robinson,´ ´El Condor Pasa´ and ´Keep The Customer Satisfied.´

A few of Simon´s solo songs were also performed. As he introduced ´Slip Sliding Away,´ he told the crowd, ´There were times after we broke up when I thought, this would have been a good Simon and Garfunkel song.´ He said he wrote ´The Only Living Boy In New York´ when Garfunkel was in Mexico filming ´Catch-22´ Garfunkel helped sing ´American Tune.´

A joyous arrangement of ´My Little Town´ was crafted with the help of the duo´s seven-piece band. Then came the undisputed highlight - Garfunkel nailed the high note ending ´Bridge Over Troubled Water´ with perfect clarity, bringing the crowd to its feet. Encores of ´Cecilia,´ ´The Boxer´ and ´The 59th Street Bridge Song´ left everyone, well, feeling groovy.

In this day of mush-mouthed rappers and shrieking divas, two-part vocal harmony might seem like a lost art. Simon and Garfunkel´s well-acquainted voices may have taken a few songs to settle in, but when they locked together, the results were the most resonant moments of any reunion show this year.

-By G. Brown, Denver Post Popular Music

Review by:

Excellent Performance! Really enjoyed the old photos shown through out the show and there sharing of individual memories from the past. Bridge Over Troubled Water took on a whole new meaning and Paul Simon´s guitar playing was outstanding on Mrs. Robinson. Art Garfunkel was incredibly intense singing At The Zoo. The Everly Brothers were Fantastic. Wake up little School Girl was a delight along with the other hits. I will share the Denver CO. Pepsi Center was not built for sound and so the mix can really be awful depending on your section. Paul Simon did seem unenergetic compared to other performances I have seen in the past. It was rumored some of the musicians have influenza. This was a most memorable event with the very mellow mile high crowd. Note there was very little to no dancing going on in this arena except for two songs Cecilia and Feeling Groovy! Looking forward to the DVD.