Art Garfunkel, one half of the legendary folk duo Simon & Garfunkel, reportedly failed to show up for two scheduled performances in Sweden, according to the Associated Press. The singer-songwriter was on-tap to perform at two Swedish musical events, though he allegedly decided to fly home to the United States instead.
Niels Estrup, the man responsible for organizing the events that Art Garfunkel was slated to attend, explained to Swedish newspapers on Sunday that the folker singer was nowhere to be found when it was time for him to hit the stage. The musician was slated to appear at both Night of the Proms on Friday and Malmo on Saturday. According to Estrup, Garfunkel bailed on both sets.
Although Garfunkel appeared well enough to perform, he was still reportedly a little unsure about his voice. When organizers went looking for the singer at his Swedish hotel, the guy was nowhere to be found. Presently it’s unknown why, precisely, the 70-year-old folk musician decided to skip two of his scheduled performances. Nobody from Garfunkel’s camp has weighed in on the subject as of this writing.
In 2010, Art Garfunkel was diagnosed with vocal chord problems, issues that would ultimately derail several scheduled shows. Despite troubles with his voice, WFJA reports that the singer was excited about the gigs he had lined up for this fall.
“I have a lot of fall work that I’m excited to do, more than excited. I’m a nervous, restored performer who wants to prove to myself and the audience that this is my life,” the singer explained during a recent interview with ABC News. “I don’t know who I am if I’m not a singer, you know? I’ve been a singer since I was five. It’s a very important part of my core, my identity. To carry on is to sing.”
Are you a fan of Art Garfunkel’s music? Are you concerned about the reasoning behind the recent cancellation of two Swedish performances?