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April 10th, 2019

Wednesday, 10th April 2019

I went to see Art Garfunkel last night. i'd never been able to see him before and wish that it hadn't taken so very long, i think it's advisable to see the people you like when you can as so much can change in that long time.  i didn't even think about how old AG would be but it turns out he is six years older than me, making him 79 this year. Considering that, his performance was quite good and given a lot of his voice has gone, he was smart enough to stick to the easier songs that he could still manage. He said he loved performing and having an audience.
His son, Arthur Jnr was with him and has a really lovely voice. He gave us a couple of songs and dueted on a couple of Everly Bros with is dad. Art was beaming with pride and was obviously delighted with him.  Jnr is putting out an album shortly AG said but hasn't heard it yet. Jnr at 28 wasn't in any hurry apparently but i will keep an eye out for it.  AG didn't sing for long and we were out (with a 15 minute interval) at about 9.30pm-ish.
It is always sad to see an artist in their waning years. Especially singers who rarely keep their voices intact, more so i think with opera singers than the more 'popular' ones.  One has to wonder why they put themselves in the often humiliating position when they are no longer capable of giving the performance they fans want to hear.  Do they need the money or long for the audience adulation? And if that audience is willing to part with top prices for the sometimes less than stellar perfornances?  AG certainly brought in the fans and the Hall was packed.  i came late and had to buy a top-price ground floor seat rather than the disabled section (i had forgotten the bars across the seat in front of me, with great problems for legs but luckily i was able to change my seat).  Was it worth the £60 i paid?  Short story long, for me as a first-time-viewer as it were, not really.