Paul Simon review: Upbeat after all these years: Aidin Vaziri | His voice was supple. His attire was predictably practical. But what made Paul Simon’s sold-out concert at the Fillmore on Wednesday really noteworthy was his enthusiasm for just being there. After years of putting on alternately awkward and curmudgeonly performances in the Bay Area, the 69-year-old rock icon arrived here with something resembling a smile – as rare a sighting in his company as a bushy-haired Art Garfunkel. Backed by a slick eight-piece band, Simon must have felt especially at ease inside a venue that packs nearly as much history as his resume, which stretches back over a half-century. In one of the few instances where he stepped up to the microphone to speak, Simon beamed, “There are posters of my wife on the walls here.” Read more.