Vincent Nguini - Guitar
Bakithi Kumalo - Bass
Steve Gadd - Drums
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
Evan Ziporyn - Clarinet, Saxophone
Harper Simon - Guitar
Last October 30th I went to Paris from Sevilla (Spain) to attend my first Paul Simon concert in my life though I have been fan of him for over 30 years. It was one of the most enjoyable experiences in my life. I feel I am a lucky guy because I have been witness of 1st class art on live. What a stream of beauty. How perfect sound. How warm and touchy vocals. How meaningful became all those deep and poetic lyrics on live. My friends we all are lucky because we enjoy with the wonderful music of one of the greatest XX century genius in arts. I must admit I am still shocked and just like floating on a cloud.
For me everything was perfect: the setlist choice, the Paul´s voice, the band, the lights, the sound engineering, the audience. And Paul himself how he plays his guitars, his way of singing, his enjoying of his own music and band. He reflects how happy his life now is. He looked on scene just like he is a tender, shy, polite, touchy, joyful fellow. And a really very good fellow. Some words about audience: I think it was the right audience for PS. You know he is not Rolling Stones or The Boss. The public was charming and very polite. Everybody was deeply touched by his music (you only had to look at their faces), they clapped enthusiastically,and most danced with the songs suitable for it without moving away from their seat places, so they did not disturb their neighbour (just like it seems have happened in Milan, where many people, those who will never write in this amps, complained very much about the uneducated behavior which happened there).
By what I know in PS concerts has never been those crazy hysteric fans. And about jumping, shouting and dancing in his concerts you all just read what Paul himself has just said in an interview he gave to an English paper just a few days ago. I think most us all shouted and danced but in the right moments and without disturbing anyone. So an A for the Paris audience.
My best highlights in this concert the superb version of Old, with an astonishing Paul´s guitar. The rocker and full band version of I am A Rock, the magic and very different version of Spirit Voices, the
performing of Darling Lorraine, the strong and powerful Hurricane Eye, the perfect You´re The One, the burst of joy for everybody with Call Me Al, the really good Boy In The Bubble, the superb performing of Late In the Evening and the touching The Boxer with everybody singing with Paul.
He is great, his show is the best anyone can find in music. Please don´t miss his concerts is one of the really worthy things in this life. You know art, beauty and poetry becomes us all better. And Paul has tones of it to improve us all. THANKS PAUL. Thanks for 30 years of delight with your music and one night forever.