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Simon makes 1st public appearance since arrest

May 8, 12:02 AM EDT




NEW YORK (AP) -- Paul Simon performed a rousing set and accepted an award from New York University in his first public appearance since he and wife Edie Brickell were arrested on disorderly conduct charges.

The 72-year-old performed more than a dozen songs Wednesday night at the Beacon Theatre in New York, where he was honored at the 2014 NYU Steinhardt Vision Award Gala. He played guitar and sang hits such as "50 Ways to Leave Your Lover," "Late In the Evening" and "You Can Call Me Al."

Simon and 48-year-old Brickell became physical with each other during an argument inside a cottage on their New Canaan, Connecticut, property last week. Brickell told police Simon shoved her and she slapped him.

Brickell didn't attend Wednesday's event, which raised $1.1 million for scholarships.

"After my fee of a million is deducted, that's $100,000," Simon said to laughs.

He was energetic and danced onstage, and the crowd stood dancing with him on songs like "Me and Julio Down by the Schoolyard" and "Diamonds on the Soles of Her Shoes" during the 75-minute set.

Simon was honored for his humanitarian work and accomplished music career, which includes 12 Grammy Awards and two inductions into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, as a solo artist and as part of Simon & Garfunkel, among other accolades.

Performance students and alumni from the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development joined him when he sang "Still Crazy After All These Years."

"So, money well spent," Simon said after the performance as the crowd laughed. Tickets were priced at $300 and $200, and only the ground floor of the three-tiered Beacon Theatre was occupied.

NYU has history in Simon's family: His father earned degrees from the university and his son currently attends its Gallatin School of Individualized Study. Simon taught songwriting at the school in the 1970s.

"I cringe to think of how little I knew," he said.

Simon closed his set with "American Tune" and "Graceland."

Simon recently wrapped up a tour with Sting. Brickell and Steve Martin will perform Friday in Eugene, Oregon, on their collaborative tour.

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lawrencefishberg May 08 2014 at 5:45 AM

Z-z-z-z-z.....

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James lawrencefishberg May 08 2014 at 7:13 AM

If you think this guy's a snore, you should see what Garfunkel's doing these days.

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doctorb4 James May 08 2014 at 8:04 AM

since when is watching reruns on tvland, and going to the local supermarket, boring?

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rbainbrid James May 08 2014 at 8:04 AM

And your doing what?

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bullmesht May 08 2014 at 8:21 AM

I guess they are the only couple who ever had an argument.

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elmmaestro bullmesht May 08 2014 at 10:41 AM

Are you just now noticing that the activities of celebrities are more widely reported than are those of the masses?

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shar May 08 2014 at 8:18 AM

A few years ago I was fortunate enough to be in the 3 row for a Paul Simon Concert... What a special treat........What a talent. So many of our Greatest Performers still pack an event..and out sell many of the younger performers... Paul McCartney at 71 Rocks the stage....to sold out crowds. These Performers have years and years of Hits... too many to pack into a 2 or 3 hr. show. Many of the new performers have just a few hits..then it's over. Paul Simon is a National Treasure.

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michael shar May 08 2014 at 9:33 AM

That he is, with allm the rest of the 60s musicians. The so called "musicians" today are actually not musicians. Put a guitar in their hands an see what happens. Give them a pen and pad of paper and see what they come up with ( providing they know how to use those tools )

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ghelm92160 May 08 2014 at 9:10 AM

Wouldn't advise him to get a divorce and marry Liza Minnelli!

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elmmaestro ghelm92160 May 08 2014 at 10:35 AM

I wouldn't advise anyone to marry Liza Minelli. Well, maybe Putin.

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headbladesmooth May 08 2014 at 7:47 AM

Extraordinary sense of the Human Condition, he has...

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JIm May 08 2014 at 8:39 AM

I would bet the farm that BOOZE had something to do with this arguement. It usually does.

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Mandoist JIm May 08 2014 at 9:05 AM

Please send me the papers on your farm.

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ghelm92160 JIm May 08 2014 at 9:11 AM

I would be safe and add drugs to the mix before betting the farm!

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mrroosey May 08 2014 at 7:06 AM

His last hit was......when?

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Jane May 08 2014 at 6:04 AM

I don't care what this man did a few weeks ago....he's still the greatest. Love ya Paul. Best wishes!

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bonschwein May 08 2014 at 8:35 AM

Very few, if any, of todays music has even a smidgen of the uniqueness and ingenuity
trailblazers like Paul Simon have. A lot of todays music is borne of commercialism,
wide audience, promotions, tie-ins, electronics, television exposure and
all-kinds-of greedy intentions. Back in the 60's and 70's, a lot of music was written
and performed from good old fashioned creative genius and raw talent.

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michael bonschwein May 08 2014 at 9:27 AM

That's a fact bonschwein !!!

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closertothebone May 08 2014 at 9:17 AM

PAUL SIMON IS ONE OF THE BEST SONGWRITERS ON THE PLANET JACKSON BROWNE KRIS KRISTOFFERSON CAROLE KING HANK WILLIAMS BOB DYLAN ARE THERE WITH HIM I HAVE NO DESIRE TO KNOW HIS PERSONAL BUSINESS AND THE REST OF THE WORLD SHOULD LEAVE HIM ALONE

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michael closertothebone May 08 2014 at 9:24 AM

I Agree closertothebone !

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cjusticefor closertothebone May 08 2014 at 11:01 AM

Interesting concept.

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