Simon, of course, would go on to have a very successful solo career that found him embracing world music with his best-selling 1986 album Graceland. He was inducted into the Rock Hall as a solo artist in 2001. Last night before a capacity crowd at Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica, Simon, 75, provided an overview of his lengthy career. With a little help from a terrific 7-piece band that included local Jamey Haddad on percussion, he capably revisited Simon & Garfunkel hits and a wide range of his solo material. You can see a slideshow of photos from the concert here . Wearing blue jeans and sneakers, the diminutive singer and guitarist had a collegiate look about him and even acted a bit like a seasoned professor. When one patron yelled out a request for a song, he simply said, “I don’t take requests” and then calmly told a story about how one woman once asked him to play “the Lion King song.” “I don’t even think there is a Lion King song,” he quipped. “So much for fame.” Simon began his set with the shimmering “The Boy in the Bubble” and then practically rapped his way through “50 Ways to Leave Your Lover” before encouraging audience members to dance as he broke into a shuffle during the middle of “That Was Your Mother,” a song that had a zydeco feel with its washboard percussion and bluesy guitar riffs. The lilting “Rewrite” brought the tempo down a notch, but a series of hits, including a jazzy rendition of “America,” a reggae-fied “Mother and Child Reunion” and the rollicking “Me and Julio Down By the Schoolyard,” which even included a reprise, had the audience on its feet. The two-hour set then hit a bit of a lull as Simon and Co.
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