PAUL Simon may no longer be going to Graceland.

The legendary singer has become the latest from a generation of musicians to announce his retirement from touring.

Simon who, alongside Art Garfunkel, made up one half of the widely successful Simon & Garfunkel in the 1960s before enjoying a stellar solo career, said the rigours of life on the road had finally caught up to the 76-year-old.

"Growing older is inevitable, ageing is optional": SIGN UP to Seniors News

He also cited the death of his band's lead guitarist and long-time friend Vincent N'guini as a contributing factor in his decision

"I love making music, my voice is still strong, and my band is a tight, extraordinary group of gifted musicians," Simon said in a statement.

"(But) I feel the travel and time away from my wife and family takes a toll that detracts from the joy of playing.

"After this coming tour, I anticipate doing the occasional performance in a (hopefully) acoustically pristine hall.

"I'd like to leave with a big Thank You to the many folks around the world who've come out to watch me play over the last 50 years."

The announcement follows the retirement of Elton John and Neil Diamond from touring.

John said his "priorities now are my children and my husband and my family" while Diamond revealed he had been diagnosed with Parkinson's disease.

Tickets for his Homeward Bound - The Farewell Tour will go on sale February 8.


Queen sits alone as William, Harry show surprising unity

Premium Content Queen sits alone as William, Harry show surprising unity

The Queen has farewelled Prince Philip during an emotional funeral

How police will keep cracking down on impaired driving

Premium Content How police will keep cracking down on impaired driving

Impaired motorists are being warned they will be caught as police boost...

Emergency declared after 25 motorcyclists die

Premium Content Emergency declared after 25 motorcyclists die

Police and the government have taken the ‘extraordinary step’ of warning 220,000...