London: Paul Simon has revealed that he will never record with former partner Art Garfunkel again because he does not want to “go back and visit the past.”
The singer-songwriter said that he does not want to re-visit his musical history and would instead prefer to get on with “quietly making new music.”
He added that a problem with Garfunkel’s vocal chords had left him unable to sing in his mid-range, making the question a “moot point.”
His comments, made during an interview with BBC Radio 4’s Today Programme, will be a disappointment for fans who had hoped the ‘Sound of Silence’ duo would reunite to record again.
The pair have already have bestselling albums including their last studio venture ‘Bridge over Troubled Water’, released in 1970 shortly before they split.
The record, which was delayed due to disputes between the two artists, went on to win five Grammy Awards, including Record of the Year.
In 1981, the pair reunited for a free concert in Central Park, New York, before embarking on a world tour. They last performed together in 2009, at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 25th Anniversary celebrations in New York.
It is now 25 years since Simon released his solo album ‘Graceland’, which has sold more than 14 million copies worldwide.
On the topic of recording together again, Garfunkel has said previously: “You’ll have to ask him, it takes two to tango.
“I like to tango, so count me in. You’ll just have to bring a psychiatrist in as the third member.”
He was asked whether they would record together again with his former partner.
“There are a couple of issues. One, Art has some problem with his vocal chords and he can’t sing in his mid range,” the Telegraph quoted him as telling BBC.
“So it’s really a moot point unless he can sing. From my own perspective, I would just as soon not go back and visit the past.
“I feel the same way about Graceland. I’m happy to celebrate this 25th anniversary and we’re going to play a few concerts but I’d just as soon be quietly making new music,” he said.