Simon and Garfunkel Wembley Stadium 19th June 1982

Simon and Garfunkel Wembley Stadium 19th June 1982
sandgtix82I never thought I’d get the chance to see Simon and Garfunkel in concert. I’d seen Paul Simon once at a concert in the London Palladium in the 1970s, but felt that the chance of a reunion with Art Garfunkel was slim. However, Simon and Garfunkel did reunite for a free concert in New York City’s Central Park on September 19, 1981. The Central Park concert was attended by over 500,000 people, a recording of it was released as a live album, and the duo then went on to go on a world tour in 1982–83, including a performance at London in June 1982. This was a great concert, with Paul and Art singing all their classic hits, along with a couple of Paul Simon solo songs, Art Garfunkel’s “Bright Eyes” and a nod to their influences in the form of a couple of Everly Brothers’ songs. At the time I thought it strange going to see a folk-based act in a vast stadium, and wondered if the songs would get lost in such a vast venue. sandgprog82 I needn’t have worried. The beauty and power of those simple songs transfixed the crowd of 72,000 people. The stage set was similar to the Central Park concert, and as far as I recall, there was no support act.
Setlist: Mrs. Robinson; Homeward Bound; America; Me And Julio Down By The Schoolyard; Scarborough Fair; My Little Town; Wake Up Little Susie; Still Crazy After All These Years; Bright Eyes; Late In The Evening; Slip, Sliding Away; El Condor Pasa; American Tune; The Late Great Johnny Ace; Kodachrome/Mabellene; Bridge Over Troubled Water; The Boxer; Old Friends/Bookends; 59th Street Bridge Song; Cecilia; Sounds Of Silence; All I Have To Do Is Dream

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6 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Bridget osborne on February 24, 2016 at 11:19 pm

    I was there too it was brilliant. Just been to see a tribute band. They were excellent.

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    • Posted by vintagerock on February 24, 2016 at 11:58 pm

      Happy days Bridget Best wishes Peter

      Reply

      • Posted by Les on August 8, 2016 at 12:43 am

        I was at this great concert in 1982. I have been a fan since the early ’70s and had moved to London in December 1981. I couldn’t believe my luck when the reunion concerts were announced on the BBC TV ‘Nationwide’ programme in April of ’82. I arrived early at the concert and heard the sound check from outside the stadium. The concert itself was amazing and more than made up for me missing previous solo tours.
        I was alone at Wembley but chatted to two girls near the stage – one of which sat on my shoulders during one of the songs. I have seen audience photos of this and heard a recording of the show online but the one regret I have is not taking my camera – does anyone have any more audience photos of this day? I still have my ticket stub, concert programme and sweatshirt.
        I have since seen many solo shows, including the 1987 Graceland concerts and S&G again in 2004. Wembley though, was the best!

  2. Posted by Les on August 1, 2016 at 1:48 am

    I was at the Wembley concert. Great concert but I regret not taking a camera. Do you have any snaps of the concert?
    I have also been to many Paul and Art’s solo concerts and the S&G 2004 reunions in Manchester and London, but Wembley was the best! I still have a concert programme and sweatshirt from 1982.

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  3. Posted by Les on August 1, 2016 at 10:06 pm

    I was at this great concert in 1982. I had been a fan since the early ’70s and had moved to London in December 1981. I couldn’t believe my luck when the reunion concerts were announced on the BBC TV ‘Nationwide’ programme in April of ’82. I arrived early at the concert and heard the sound check from outside the stadium. The concert itself was amazing and more than made up for me missing previous solo tours.
    I was alone at this one but chatted to two girls near the stage – one of which sat on my shoulders during one of the songs. I have seen audience photos of this and heard a recording of the show online but the one regret I have is not taking my camera – does anyone have any more photos of this day? I still have my concert programme and sweatshirt.
    I have since seen many solo shows, including the 1987 Graceland concerts and S&G again in 2004. Wembley though, was the best!

    Reply

  4. Posted by Les on August 1, 2016 at 10:17 pm

    I was at this great concert in 1982. I had been a fan since the early ’70s and had moved to London in December 1981. I couldn’t believe my luck when the reunion concerts were announced on the BBC TV ‘Nationwide’ programme in April of ’82. I arrived early at the concert and heard the sound check from outside the stadium. The concert itself was amazing and more than made up for me missing previous solo tours.
    I was alone at this one but chatted to two girls near the stage – one of which sat on my shoulders during one of the songs. I have seen audience photos of this and heard a recording of the show online but the one regret I have is not taking my camera – does anyone have any more photos of this day? I still have my ticket stub, concert programme and sweatshirt.
    I have since seen many solo shows, including the 1987 Graceland concerts and S&G again in 2004. Wembley though, was the best!

    Reply

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