He announced his retirement earlier this year after playing a farewell Bay Area show at Oracle Arena last May, but Paul Simon apparently got tired of the sound of silence real fast. He will headline Outside Lands this August, the festival announced this morning.
The 77-year-old musician also promised to donate the proceeds from his performance to environmental nonprofits, because he’s still crazy about philanthropy after all these years and we don’t want the climate to start slip slidin’ away.
Historically, Outside Lands has done a great job of getting top-notch legacy rock acts, such as Neil Young, Hall & Oates, or Elton John. This is probably San Francisco’s last opportunity to see Simon live, particularly because in the song “Cloudy” from 1966’s Parsley, Sage, Rosemary, & Thyme, he skipped the city entirely on his way from Berkeley to Carmel. And if Art Garfunkel can’t be the surprise guest, hopefully we can get comedy-folk duo Garfunkel and Oates.
The festival’s full-lineup will be announced next Tuesday, March 26.
Outside Lands, Aug. 9-11, at Golden Gate Park, sfoutsidelands.com