Simon and Garfunkel had reunited for a one off gig in Central Park new York in September 1981 which was released as an LP shortly afterwards. I remember we listened to it over and over and were so happy when they announced that they were going to do a tour. Unfortunately the only UK date was at Wembley Stadium at the end of June but thankfully I had finished my exams by the time the gig came round. I have no idea how we got from Manchester to London (probably by coach) but do remember arriving at Wembley quite early and sitting in one of the turnstiles waiting for the doors to open at 4pm.
I remember that there wasn’t a support act so once we were inside we just had to sit and wait for Simon and Garfunkel to come on. We were, however, right down the front in the middle of the stage! The stage itself had been made to look like some New York city scape – similar to the one they used in Central Park.
The show was fantastic and featured all of the best Simon and Garfunkel songs plus a few of Paul Simon’s solo songs and Art Gunfunkel’s hit! There was obviously tension between the pair and every time Paul Simon did one of his solo songs Art would taken himself off to the side of the stage whereas when it came time for Art to do Bright eyes Simon just walked off!
I seem to recall it was light for most of the gig which you would expect at the Solstice time of year and afterwards again I have no idea how we got home but given that the gig finished at 10 I suspect we went down to Victoria and caught an overnight coach back to Manchester – we must have been brave given our previous experience of being stranded at Wembley after the Who in 1979!
I didn’t take the pictures on this page – some should be credited to Beechwood Photography but the other I found on the internet!
The Set list was:
Me And Julio Down By The Schoolyard
My Little Town
Wake Up Little Susie
Still Crazy After All These Years
Late In The Evening
Slip, Sliding Away
El Condor Pasa
The Late Great Johnny Ace
Bridge Over Troubled Water
59th Street Bridge Song
Sounds Of Silence
All I Have To Do Is Dream