Simon makes 1st public appearance since arrest

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NORWALK, CT - APRIL 28: Paul Simon leaves Norwalk Superior Court on April 28, 2014 in Norwalk, Connecticut. Simon and his wife Edie Brickell were arrested after an alleged domestic dispute. (Photo by David Surowiecki/Getty Images)
NORWALK, CT - APRIL 28: Edie Brickell leaves Norwalk Superior Court on April 28, 2014 in Norwalk, Connecticut. Brickell and her husband Paul Simon were arrested after an alleged domestic dispute. (Photo by David Surowiecki/Getty Images)
Singer Paul Simon, left, holds hands with his wife Edie Brickell at a hearing in Norwalk Superior Court on Monday April 28, 2014 in Norwalk, Conn. The couple were arrested Saturday on disorderly conduct charges by officers investigating a family dispute at their home in New Canaan, Conn. (AP Photo/The Hour, Alex von Kleydorff, Pool)
FILE - This Jan. 26, 2014 file photo shows Edie Brickell in the press room after winning the award with Steve Martin for best American roots song, "Love Has Come For You," at the 56th annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles. Police in Connecticut say Paul Simon and his wife, singer Edie Brickell, have been arrested on disorderly conduct charges. A New Canaan police spokeswoman provided no other details, except to say the arrests stemmed from an incident Saturday. An arraignment in Norwalk Superior Court is expected Monday afternoon. Simon is a 12-time Grammy winner and a member of The Songwriters Hall of Fame and the Rock n' Roll Hall of Fame — as half of the duo of Simon and Garfunkel and as a solo artist. Brickell's "What I Am," recorded with her band the New Bohemians, was a hit in 1988. The two were married in 1992. (Photo by Dan Steinberg/Invision/AP, File)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 17: Paul Simon performs during the 25th Anniversary Rainforest Fund Benefit Concert at Carnegie Hall on April 17, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 04: Hugh Masekela performs in concert on April 4, 2014 in New York, United States. (Photo by Dave Kotinsky/Getty Images)

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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