Music legend Paul Simon ended his farewell concert tour at Flushing Meadows Park Saturday night, performing poignantly where his career began: the borough of Queens, home to “Rosie, the Queen of Corona.”
“Hello, my friends,” he greeted his cheering crowd. “This is two miles from where I played high school baseball in Forest Hills,” said Simon, 76, who wrote his first song in Queens as a kid of 13.
The concert opened under a full moon with “America,” the Simon & Garfunkel classic from their album, “Bookends.”
Playing to an audience that ranged from older fans to babies in their parents’ arms, Simon followed with “50 Ways to Leave Your Lover,” his only solo No. 1 hit.
His wife, musician Edie Brickell, was on stage to whistle along to “Me and Julio Down by the Schoolyard.”