To the delight of fans, Simon and Garfunkel are putting all rumors of ill will behind them and are embarking on a North American tour - their first in twenty years.
The Old Friends Tour will hit arenas in over thirty cities across North America. But how could the legendary Grammy-winning, Hall of Fame folk duo who's distinctive harmonies and haunting lyrics defined the '60s and sold over 40-million albums fall apart? "We're both individuals with strong senses of autonomy." Garfunkel muses. "I just think the world of Paul , he's a terrific guy, and a terrific musician. If one of us was weaker, more tan-colored, it might not be such a problem. But two people etched in confidence will bring a richness to the mix." When Simon is asked the same question, the more matter-of-fact of the two simply shrugs. "We broke up because we wanted to be ourselves. It's typical of partnerships, of duos. Being in a duo is a discipline, and at a certain point, you want to be free, you know?"
But thankfully for fans, all solo projects and acting stints are now on hold as the duo's reunion tour becomes imminent. "There's something potentially wonderful here," says Garfunkel. "There's a chance to add our sensibility to this hard-edged world of catchphrases, of black and white ... " Simon adds, "Â…That's the opportunity that becomes available to you when you re-establish a friendship. It's nice to have that opportunity. It's a real privilege."
Along with the tour Simon and Garfunkel are also releasing a two-disc career retrospective featuring some of the duo's most beloved hits including, "The Sound Of Silence," "Mrs. Robinson," "Bridge Over Troubled Water," "Homeward Bound," "Scarborough Fair" and "A Hazy Shade Of Winter."