Paul Simon Hits Bum Notes with Fans During DNC Performance
After panning Paul Simon's performance on opening night of the Democratic National Convention, it looks like most attendees would have preferred the sound of silence.
Monday’s DNC kick-off inside Philadelphia’s Wells Fargo Center was supposed to be a show of unity among Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders supporters.
Convention organizers attempted to cater to the theme of unity as the singer took the stage at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia to perform his hit "Bridge Over Troubled Water,” but it didn't go as planned.
The iconic singer was bashed on social media because many felt his performance was lackluster. Others noted that the "Kodachrome" singer appeared to look out of it.
So I've just caught up with the footage of Paul Simon at the DNC yesterday singing Bridge Over TW, I'm so sad for him. He looks sick. #sad— Éponine15191 (@Eponine15191) July 26, 2016
Paul Simon fan here: Paul Simon was awful tonight.— Public_Interest (@Public_Interest) July 26, 2016
@AnthonyCumia thanks DNC, all my fond memories of Paul Simon forever erased...so sad— KLM4Prez (@kamalmohammed59) July 26, 2016
Paul Simon is not dead. Paul Simon is not dead. Just at DNC.— Mister E (@SlimeySammy) July 24, 2016
The 74-year-old, who is currently on a summer tour — which he claims will be his last — seemed to be fatigued as he performed.
Still, some of the Simon faithful came to his defense.
Hey everybody, cut Paul Simon some slack on not hitting the high notes. The man's 74 years old! Your voice should be as good at that age.— Paul Waldman (@paulwaldman1) July 26, 2016
To all you saying Paul Simon can't sing...The man is 74 years old...of course his voice isn't what it used to be. Jesus Christ— Kevin Rozell (@Zellyanks) July 26, 2016
The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer was introduced to the stage by Senator Al Franken, a Clinton supporter, and comedian Sarah Silverman, a longtime Sanders backer.
Franken noted that the two comedians were forming a bridge to unify the party, saying: "We're like a bridge over troubled water.”
The moment to build that symbolic bridge came right after an unscripted moment when Silverman told crowd members who booed her pitch for Hillary Clinton were "ridiculous."
"To the 'Bernie or Bust' people, you're being ridiculous," Silverman said.
In emails published by WikiLeaks Friday, staff within the DNC appeared to be biased against Sanders, whose Jewish background was even floated as a possible point of attack.