Paul Simon plays first concert since April 26 arrest

Paul Simon and wife Edie Brickell appear at a hearing in Norwalk, Conn., last week after they were arrested and charged with disorderly conduct. Simon played his first public concert since the incident on Wednesday in New York.
(Alex von Kleydorff / Associated Press)

Paul Simon gave his first public performance since he and wife Edie Brickell were arrested recently and charged with disorderly conduct.

Simon played a benefit show Wednesday night at the Beacon Theatre in New York, where he was honored for his humanitarian work and his musical contributions at the 2014 NYU Steinhardt Vision Award Gala.

The event generated $1.1 million for the school from sale of tickets priced at $200 and $300 apiece. Simon joked, “After my fee of a million is deducted, that’s $100,000” for the school, according to the Associated Press.

Brickell did not attend the event. She and Simon were arrested April 26 at their home in New Canaan, Conn., following an argument. Brickell told police that Simon had shoved her and that she had slapped him.


In a brief statement following their arraignment, Simon, 72, said, “We had an argument. It’s over.” They appeared together at that session in court. They have been married since 1992.

Brickell, 48, is scheduled to play Friday in Eugene, Ore., on her tour with Steve Martin in conjunction with their Grammy-winning bluegrass album “Love Has Come for You.”

Simon performed many of his signature songs, including “50 Ways to Leave Your Lover,” “Me and Julio Down by the Schoolyard,” “Late In the Evening,” “You Can Call Me Al” and “Diamonds on the Soles of Her Shoes.”