The Simon & Garfunkel Story
Now seen by over 1/4 million people worldwide, ‘The Simon & Garfunkel Story’ is currently on a UK/International Tour and I was lucky enough to catch it at His Majesty’s Theatre, Aberdeen.
I’ve always loved Simon & Garfunkel’s music so when the opportunity to see it in Aberdeen came up – I had to go and see it. I wasn’t disappointed.
I didn’t really know what to expect other than it was going to be a mixture of screen footage and live songs and it turned out to be quite awesome.
It opened with the two singers, lit by the lights in a way that it could have actually been the real Simon & Garfunkel – singing “The Sound Of Silence”. I immediately felt like I had travelled back in time and was at one of their concerts.
On the back of the stage there was video footage / photo montages of current events from the period of time of the songs that were currently being performed as well as footage of Simon & Garfunkel themselves.
The two singers didn’t ever pretend to be Simon & Garfunkel and they would interject their songs with the journey of Simon & Garfunkel. It was far, far from just being a tribute act.
They sang the songs fantastic, they told the story really well with a good amount of humor as well as lots of audience interaction. Although, when they tried to get the Aberdeen audience to clap along to Cecilia they obviously didn’t count on the fact that Aberdonians just can’t clap to time (and also thanks to the man sitting behind me who couldn’t seem to clap without also kicking the back of my chair).
It was great to look around the audience seeing so many happy faces of the people who lived through these songs but never got the opportunity to watch them be performed live – it was like they had been transported back to their youth if only for a couple of hours.
They played all my favourites and more and if I had only one criticism it would be that they didn’t each perform one of their solo songs. There was a brief interlude of ‘Call Me Al’ during the story of the duos solo careers but it was very brief and I had hoped to hear ‘Bright Eyes’ but this just didn’t happen – sadly.
The story went on and climaxed with songs being performed from ‘The Concert In Central Park’ and I have to say that Joe Sterling’s performance of ‘Bridge Over Troubled Water’ was bang on the money!
I had been anticipating hearing one song all night and it still hadn’t been performed so I kind of knew it would be the encore – and it was. The duo blasted out ‘The Boxer’ to a standing ovation.
Well done to everyone involved – this was a fantastic evening out enjoyed by myself and everyone else in the theatre!
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If you love, or even like, Simon & Garfunkel then this show is a must. The Simon & Garfunkel Story is produced by Maple Tree Entertainment Limited and is currently touring the UK so click below to see the dates and get booking!
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