August 30, 2018:

The music legend and icon, announced his retirement from touring several months back:

Paul Simon playing Montauk Lighthouse event

Montauk resident Paul Simon played an unannounced concert at the Montauk Point Lighthouse on Saturday, August 25. The appearance was a terrific surprise for attendees of the Montauk Music Festival Rocks the Lighthouse fundraiser.

Simon announced his retirement from touring earlier this year, but he willingly agreed to perform at this fundraiser based in his hometown. This is not the first instance of Simon playing live in Montauk.

Simon performed in seven Back at the Ranch concerts at Deep Hollow Ranch from 1990–1996, raising money to help fund a revetment project and protect the delicate shoreline around the Montauk Lighthouse.

Performing Saturday with the local band The Montauk Project, Simon, looking and sounding great at 76 years old, played a four-song set of his classics: “Late in the Evening,” “Me and Julio Down by the Schoolyard,” “Fifty Ways to Leave Your Lover” and “You Can Call Me Al.”

His performance was not announced beforehand, but through the power of today’s technology, and perhaps some old-fashioned word-of-mouth, the event sold-out all of the 500 available tickets.

By the end of the evening, the Montauk Historical Society — which owns the lighthouse admitted at least 3,000 people to the show (thanks to additional tickets available at the gate).

Joe Gaviola, the Lighthouse keeper and Montauk Historical Society board member, told Newsday, “Paul wanted this to be a low-key event and to keep it local.”

Other performers included Jessica Lynn, Tuatha Dea and Montauk’s Kate Usher and the Sturdy Souls. While total donations have yet to be tallied, Gaviola was reportedly thrilled with the overwhelming results.

Here’s video from Simon’s Performance:

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