Paul Simon will return to CBS’ The Late Show with Stephen Colbert tonight (January 28th), according to Jambase.com. Simon, who last appeared on the show back in 2017, was originally scheduled to guest back on November 19th — but backed out at the last minute, with singer Josh Groban filling in for him.
Tonight’s performance will mark Simon’s second TV spot since retiring from roadwork last year. Last October 13th, Simon celebrated his 77th birthday by serving as the musical guest for Saturday Night Live.
During a recent chat on Austin City Limits, Paul Simon spoke about the precarious state of the type of music created by singer-songwriters: “This kind of songwriting, which tells stories, has characters — that came out of, really the singer-songwriter phenomenon in the ’60s into the ’70s. And then, as music changed it became more about disco and beat and it turned into punk into boy bands. . . The re-configuration of pop music, ‘singer-songwriter’ became less relevant, actually. People stopped listening to it. The form of it, the sound of it — it just didn’t sound like, of the moment, and so, it went away. But, I’m still writing out of that form.”
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