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Paul Simon sets dates for his final tour

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Before he sings his final farewell in London this summer, Paul Simon will say goodbye to audiences in the U.S. and Canada this spring.

"Homeward Bound—The Farewell Tour" will kick off May 16 in Vancouver, move down along the West Coast and then head east at a brisk pace, performing a total of 20 shows in 36 nights. The last stop: the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tennessee, on June 20.

Tickets go on sale February 9 at 10 a.m. local time.

"I've often wondered what it would feel like to reach the point where I'd consider bringing my performing career to a natural end," Simon, 76, said in a statement on his website. "Now I know: it feels a little unsettling, a touch exhilarating and something of a relief."

"I love making music," he added, "my voice is still strong, and my band is a tight, extraordinary group of gifted musicians. I think about music constantly. I am very grateful for a fulfilling career and, of course, most of all to the audiences who heard something in my music that touched their hearts."

Ten days after saying goodbye in the U.S., Simon will tour Europe for two weeks. The final show on the overseas schedule, announced last week, is July 15 in London's Hyde Park with James Taylor & His All-Star Band, Bonnie Raitt and unannounced guests.

For the record, there's one glaring omission on Simon's itinerary: his hometown, New York.

Let the speculation begin about a grand finale at Madison Square Garden or one of the city's other high-profile venues.

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