Iconic Queens-born songwriter Paul Simon announced last week that the final show of his Homeward Bound: The Farewell Tour will take place in Queens.
Simon, who grew up in Kew Gardens Hills, will perform for the last time on stage at Flushing Meadows-Corona Park on Sept. 22, making it the first major concert event at the park in decades.
While many are excited that Simon chose to end the tour in his home borough, others are disappointed that the show is not free, similar to some other concerts that have been held in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park.
Queens Borough President Melinda Katz, a fan of Simon, said that the performance is “bittersweet.”
“The city of New York could have—and should have—turned this long-anticipated homecoming of Paul Simon into a free concert for all in the park, not limited to those who can afford to pay concert-ticket prices at the expense of the surrounding community,” said Katz. “There are still several days before tickets go on sale. In fairness to all New Yorkers, the city should figure out a way to make this historic performance free and accessible to everyone.”
Katz said that she has long pushed the city to make all concerts at public parks free.
Tickets will go on sale on June 29.