Live Nation/Mark SeligerOn paper, the pairing of Sting and Paul Simon for a joint headlining tour may not be an obvious one. But Sting says that their On Stage Together trek, which gets under way Saturday in Houston, came about because the two stars have, in fact, been on stage together before, and discovered that they make a pretty good team.
"We have sung together before. We did a big charity last year in New York together, and it was surprising how quickly our voices did blend, just because we're experienced at doing it," Sting told reporters not long ago. "But there is a nice blend there, so I have no fears about that."
Sting's comment about his and Paul's voices blending well is a significant point because, in addition to performing their own hits, the two Rock and Roll Hall of Famers plan to join forces during the night, singing each other's hits. For example, Sting said that he and Paul will team up for the Simon & Garfunkel classic "Bridge over Troubled Water," and that he's asked to sing another one of the duo's songs, "America." As for which numbers in Sting's catalog Paul might sing, "Fragile" or "Fields of Gold" are among the possibilities, he says.
Besides looking forward to duetting with Paul, who he calls "the master," Sting says he also relishes the prospect of both of their backing bands, which are pretty sizable and stocked with crack musicians, jamming together.
"The idea is that as the tour evolves, the two bands will somehow weave in and out of each other," he notes. "A member of one band will come into mine and one of mine will drift across the stage to theirs. I mean, that's really the excitement of this tour. It may evolve into a battle of the bands, if you like. And so I think it will be fantastic."
Sting adds that he's just thrilled to be touring with Simon, whose music has inspired him for so many years.
"If I ever wanted to emulate a literary and literate songwriter, then Paul Simon would be the person that I would go to," he says. "So to work with him is a huge honor. The former Police frontman adds that, "at the age of 15, when I first heard Simon & Garfunkel, the idea that I would [ever] be performing with him would be crazy."
Unable to resist making the pun, Sting adds, "It's still crazy after all these years."
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