17.07.2004 RDS Arena / Dublin
SIMON & GARFUNKEL
Support. The Everly Brothers
It was really sunny day and we knew that this gig was going to be sold out. The concert was supposed to start at 8pm and the gates opened around 5 p.m.
We made our way to the RDS Arena in Ballsbridge around 1 p.m. and the event staff at the gates were very friendly. They gave us blue ribbons so that we could wander off again but still could be in the very first row in the pitch area later during the show.
The place was really crowded and just standing behind the barriers from 5 until 8 p.m. was torture. Finally Simon and Garfunkel kicked off their “old friends” tour at 8.15p.m.
The huge stage offered a good view at the artists and due to big screens to the left and right of the stage it didn’t really matter that they were a good bit away from us.
The chemistry between Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel wasn’t brilliant but the material and their performance was superb – after all: They are living legends.
Simon and Garfunkel met at the age of 11, exactly fifty years ago, when both of them got cast for a school production of “Alice in Wonderland”. They had their ups and downs and the rest is history.
Their program included all the major hits from: “The Rock”, “Homeward bound”, “Bridge over troubled water” to “Cecilia” and of course “Sound of Silence”.
Halfway through the night they introduced the Everly brothers as their idols and the two piece family band sang three songs including the number one smash hit: “Wake up little Susie”.
I would have loved to see Simon and Garfunkel in a more intimate venue but the night was well worth what we had paid for.
10 000 people in the audience and a visibly moved world class duo on stage – what more can you ask for.
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