Paul Simon and ex-Police frontman Sting are set to join forces for North American tour next year, The New York Times reports. While official details about the trek will be announced on Tuesday, the paper reveals that 18 initial dates will be scheduled, running from a February 8 show to a March 16 performance.
The outing will be dubbed Paul Simon & Sting: On Stage Together, and will feature the two acclaimed singer/songwriters performing sets with their respective backing bands as well as singing a number of tunes together. Presale tickets will be available this Wednesday at PaulSimon.com and Sting.com, while the general public will be able to buy tickets to most of the concerts starting Tuesday, November 12.
The idea for the joint trek apparently was inspired by a performance the two stars gave this past May in New York City at a benefit for the Robin Hood Foundation, at which they sang Paul's Simon & Garfunkel classic "The Boxer" and the Sting solo tune "Fields of Gold."
"After we finished it," recalls Simon during a phone interview, "we both looked at each other and said, 'Wow. That's pretty interesting.'"
Sting, meanwhile, tells The New York Times that he and the folk-rock legend "both share this abiding curiosity about music and where it's going." As for his feelings about the tour, he adds, "We don't really know where this is going. We don't really have a clue how this is going to pan out."
The specific show the paper confirms is a March 4 concert at Madison Square Garden in New York. Additional performances beyond the initial 18 are expected to be announced at a later date.
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