Paul Simon, 74, ‘ready to give up music’

2016-07-01 07:34:42 GMT2016-07-01 15:34:42(Beijing Time) Agencies

More than half a century after he wrote "The Sound of Silence," US singer Paul Simon says he is ready to hang up his guitar and stop making music.

"You're coming toward the end," he told The New York Times in an interview published Wednesday. "Showbiz doesn't hold any interest for me," said the 74-year-old. "None."

The folk star turned world music champion, whose US tour ends Friday, released his most recent album, Stranger to Stranger on June 3 to rave reviews.

Its single "Wristband" is one of the most played songs on college radio.

His current tour ends in Queens, the New York borough where he grew up and met his now estranged music partner Art Garfunkel.

He is then scheduled to begin a month-long tour of Europe on October 17 in Prague, shortly after his 75th birthday.

Following that, he told the Times that his intention is to drift and travel for a year, perhaps with his third wife, the musician Edie Brickell.

"It's an act of courage to let go," Simon told the newspaper. "I am going to see what happens if I let go. Then I'm going to see, who am I?"

If he does quit music, Simon will bring to a close an extraordinary career that has spanned six decades, won him more than a dozen Grammys and produced songs tracking 50 years of social awakenings.

Simon has been named by Time Magazine one of the "100 People Who Shaped the World," and been named to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame twice.

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