Paul Simon performed a duet with his longtime friend Bob Weir after he invited the Grateful Dead guitarist to close out his Outside Lands set on Sunday with a performance of Simon & Garfunkel‘s 1969 song “The Boxer.”
Simon recalled that in 1967 he was in San Francisco to invite the Grateful Dead to perform at the Monterrey Pop Festival.
“I knocked on the door of the house, and Bob Weir opened the door,” he said. “We’ve been friends ever since, but actually, this is our first duet.”
The pair performed the song on guitar and vocals with the help of Simon’s backing band. After the song finished, the musicians put their arms around each other and smiled at the audience.
Simon, who wrapped his final tour in September last year, announced he would donate the proceeds of his appearance at the festival to San Francisco Parks Alliance and nonprofit greening organization Friends of the Urban Forest.
His lengthy set list of 20 songs included classics like “Diamonds On The Soles Of Her Shoes,” “Me and Julio Down by the Schoolyard” and “You Can Call Me Al.”
Outside Lands, held in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park, also featured performances by Childish Gambino, Blink-182, Twenty One Pilots, Kacey Musgraves, The Lumineers and Lil Wayne.
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