Quick Takes: Paul Simon, R.E.M., Kiss, Bruce Springsteen, Status Quo

  • Paul Simon was the surprise guest on Saturday night (September 25th) at Central Park's Great Lawn for the Global Citizen Live Festival. Simon performed in front of 60,000 fans at the legendary field, singing his Simon & Garfunkel classics, "The Boxer," "Bridge Over Troubled Water," and "The Sound Of Silence."
    • The event took place in eight cities — including New York, Los Angeles, Paris, and Mumbai — and also included mini-sets in various locations by Elton John, Steve Wonder, Cyndi Lauper, and Coldplay, among many others. (Variety)


  • Despite it being R.E.M.'s 40th anniversary this year, frontman Michael Stipe said the band — who split in 2011 — is done for good: "We will never reunite. We decided when we split up that that would just be really tacky and probably money-grabbing, which might be the impetus for a lot of bands to get back together. We don’t really need that, and I’m really happy that we just have the legacy of the 32 years of work that we have." (NME)


  • Former Kiss lead guitarist Bruce Kulick offered his two cents regarding the band's final concert, tentatively scheduled for next year, telling Rolling Stone, "The fans are expecting something special, and it should be. Everyone alive should be there. I’m not going to tell them that Vinnie (Vincent) should be there if they don’t want to see Vinnie. I do hope Ace (Frehley) and Peter (Criss) are going to be a part of it as well." (Rolling Stone)


  • Bruce Springsteen and Robert Redford have joined forced for the new documentary, The Mustangs: America’s Wild Horses. Redford will serve as the film's executive producer with "The Boss" contributing to the film's soundtrack along with Willie Nelson and Emmylou Harris.
    • According to the piece: "The Mustangs: America’s Wild Horses tells the story about America’s wild horses from their turbulent history to their uncertain future. The feature-length documentary takes audiences on an odyssey throughout America to places that few people have seen, with more than 80,000 wild horses on public lands and more than 50,000 in government corrals." (Variety)


  • Status Quo's co-founding bassist Alan Lancaster died on September 26th at age 72 after battling Multiple sclerosis. Lancaster, who left the band in 1985, continued to rejoin the group several times for various tours and last played with the legendary UK rockers in 2014. (Best Classic Bands)