Art Garfunkel Calls Relationship With Paul Simon 'Difficult'
Art Garfunkel says that although there's still a strong bond with Paul Simon, their relationship isn't among the easiest. Garfunkel, who's playing a string of dates this fall in support of his new career-spanning compilation, The Singer, was asked by The Los Angeles Times about his relationship with Simon: "It's distant. I respect Paul as a wonderful, grounded papa, wonderful guitar player, old friend of mine who knows me better than anyone on Earth. Very funny man, and he's been cracking me up since junior high school. These are very valuable people in your life, but it's as if he's so special and so interesting that if I dial his number, I have to come with my A stuff just to call a friend."
He went on to say, "When we worked together, it wasn't that way. We had so much of the job at hand to keep us going. As time goes by, when I see Paul, there are wings in both of our spirits. He turns me on, I turn him on. There's a real Simon & Garfunkel third person that emerges. This is great fun, great fun. But he lives in Connecticut, he's raising his family; I'm in New York with my family. I don't know. It's probably my fault. I'm reclusive."
Although Simon has toured with Garfunkel several times since 1982, he adamantly refuses to record new music as Simon & Garfunkel. Garfunkel admitted, "That's a vision of a very, very exciting project that should be doable. This man has never stopped growing as a musician, nor have I. He's never stopped growing as an aware man, nor have I. We should be able to get it on with those facts, and yet it takes two to tango. You have to have two people who see it that way."
Art Garfunkel, like Paul Simon, has continued performing the duo's legendary hits during his solo shows. He says that he's yet to lose his passion for performing his signature tune, "Bridge Over Troubled Water" live in concert: "I do 'Bridge Over Troubled Water' in the same key I always did, and when I'm pumped and really in the mood, I kinda wanna take it higher than I ever used to. So, I'm here to say, as long as the fires are going inside; fire's fire, the life force is the life force. It does not age, it's a constant."
UPDATED: Art Garfunkel U.S. tour dates (subject to change):
October 5 - Morristown, NJ - Mayo Performing Arts Center
October 6 - Hazleton, PA - Alice Wiltsie Center For the Arts
October 11 - Tarrytown, NY - The Tarrytown Music Hall
October 12 - New Bedford, MA - Zeiterion Performing Arts Center
October 26 - Milwaukee, WI - Pabst Theater
October 27 - Minneapolis, MN - Pantages Theatre
November 2 - Catoosa, OK - The Joint at Hard Rock Casino / Tulsa
November 3 - Wichita, KS - Orpheum Theatre
November 24 - Englewood, NJ - Bergen Performing Arts Center
November 30 - Fort Worth, TX - Bass Performance Hall
December 1 - Skokie, IL - North Shore Center For The Performing Arts