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Hard Rock Calling 2012 to air on Sky Arts, Friday 17th August at 9pm!

 

Paul Simon closes Hard Rock Calling 2012

 

Big Country warm up in style while Alison Krauss entertains the Main Stage audience

 

Sunday at the Hard Rock Rising Stage

 
Paul Simon closes Hard Rock Calling 2012

Paul Simon closes Hard Rock Calling 2012

Although initially devoid of his full Graceland contingent, Paul Simon is nonetheless greeted by a joyous Hard Rock Calling audience as he begins the festival’s closing set on Sunday evening.

Kodachrome, taken from his brilliantly titled solo album There Goes Rhymin’ Simon, is a suitable opener before further solo tracks Gone At Last and Dazzling Blue pursue.

It takes the arrival of Jimmy Cliff, a “personal hero” of Simon’s, to grab the full attention of the gigantic crowd, as the reggae legend contributes three successive, openly welcomed tracks, most notably The Harder They Come.

Blessed with arguably the weekend’s best weather, the mood remains buoyant as Simon reaffirms his presence with another solo effort in 50 Ways to Leave Your Lover.

Next up is the first hit of the evening from the album Graceland, with That Was Your Mother serving as a timely reminder that we’re all here to celebrate its 25th anniversary.

With much more room to manoeuvre in comparison to Bruce Springsteen’s sublime sell-out show on Saturday night, Me and Julio Down by the Schoolyard sparks a mass sea of dancing, which submerges into sways for the slower Slip Slidin’ Away.

Soon after, Simon introduces Ladysmith Black Mambazo to the stage, and the South African choral group are as poignant as ever during Nomathemba and Homeless, both crafted through beautifully timed harmonies and merged with erratic yet entertaining actions.

With the Graceland entourage now fully in position on stage, Diamonds on the Soles of Her Shoes stands out as one of the highest moments of a consistently soaring set.

I Know What I Know, The Boy in The Bubble and the funky Under African Skies are particularly memorable, but, rather inevitably, there’s no comparison for You Can Call Me Al, which has couples embracing and parents holding their infants aloft in jubilation.

All Around the World or the Myth of Fingerprints is the only absentee from the classic Graceland album, but Simon begins the first of two encores with a commanding, moving interpretation of The Sound of Silence, bringing the entire venue to a hush out of sheer respect.

Fellow Simon and Garfunkel classic The Boxer ensues with the aid of Jerry Douglas, before Simon re-emerges once more, this time closing an epic, utterly scintillating show with Still Crazy After All These Years.

Even at the grand age of 70, Simon, it appears, has still got it after all these years.

By Jamie Casey

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Hard Rock Calling 2013 To Move To Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park

 

We've been nominated for Best Major Festival at the UK Festival Awards!

 

Hard Rock Calling 2012 to air on Sky Arts, Friday 17th August at 9pm!

 

Paul Simon closes Hard Rock Calling 2012

 

Big Country warm up in style while Alison Krauss entertains the Main Stage audience

 

Sunday at the Hard Rock Rising Stage

 
 

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