Paul Simon - Paul Simon Returns To Stage After Arrest Drama

Paul Simon returned to the stage on Wednesday night (07May14) for the first time since he and his wife were arrested for disorderly conduct.

The veteran singer/songwriter and his partner of 22 years, Edie Brickell, were both charged with misdemeanours last month (Apr14) when they got into an altercation at their home in Connecticut.

They appeared in court on 28 April (14) and played down the drama, insisting they simply had a marital spat.

Simon refused to let the scandal keep him from performing and he took to the stage on Wednesday at the Beacon Theatre in New York City, where he was honoured with a special award from officials at New York University in recognition of his career and charity work.

He played tracks including 50 Ways to Leave Your Lover, Late In the Evening and You Can Call Me Al, and was also joined onstage by students from the university during his performance of Still Crazy After All These Years.

The gig raised $1.1 million (£687,000) for scholarships to the college, where Simon taught songwriting in the 1970s.

Upon learning of the amount raised, the musician quipped: "After my fee of a million is deducted, that's $100,000."

However, one person was noticeably absent at the show - Brickell did not attend.


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