As The New York Times reports, Paul Simon and Sting have announced plans to tour North American together. Dubbed “Paul Simon & Sting: On Stage Together,” the 18-date jaunt is scheduled to begin in early February, and will see the two music legends perform both together and solo with their respective bands.
As it turns out, the two musicians used to live in the same Upper West Side building in Manhattan, but never collaborated together musically until very recently. Back in May, they performed acoustic versions of “The Boxer” and “Fields of Gold” at a benefit for the Robin Hood Foundation. This on-stage bond influenced them to tour in the “spirit of musical exploration” and not for “a music-industry executive who saw dollar signs by combining their fan bases.”
“Paul and I both share this abiding curiosity about music and where it’s going,” Sting told the publication. “We don’t really know where this is going. We don’t really have a clue how this is going to pan out.”
Update: The full tour docket has been announced (see below). Pre-sale tickets go on-sale Wednesday, November 6th on either of their official sites with general sales set to begin next Tuesday, November 12th.
Paul Simon & Sting: On Stage Together Dates:
02/08 – Houston, TX @ Toyota Center
02/09 – Dallas, TX @ American Airlines Center
02/11 – Denver, CO @ Pepsi Center
02/15 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Forum
02/17 – San Jose, CA @ SAP Center at San Jose
02/19 – Seattle, WA @ Key Arena
02/20 – Vancouver, BC @ Rogers Arena
02/23 – St. Paul, MN @ Xcel Energy Center
02/25 – Chicago, IL @ United Center
02/26 – Detroit, MI @ The Palace of Auburn Hills
02/28 – Montreal, QC @ Bell Centre
03/01 – Toronto, ON @ Air Canada Centre
03/04 – New York, NY @ Madison Square Garden
03/07 – Philadelphia, PA @ Wells Fargo Center
03/09 – Hershey, PA @ Giant Center
03/13 – Washington, DC @ Verizon Center
03/15 – Ft. Lauderdale, FL @ BB&T Center
03/16 – Orlando, FL @ Amway Center
Preview the tour with footage of their Robin Hood performance below.