February 20, 2015

Sting & Paul Simon at Hope Estate...

Evoking memories of the clip for Paul Simon's You Can Call Me Al, where Chevy Chase towered over the singer and mimed the lyrics to his song, Sting is a full head taller than Simon as they stroll on to the Hope Estate stage. But that's where the comparison ends. No one can steal Simon's thunder, not even when he scripts it. The man, small of stature and of few words, pens and delivers lyrics with a quiet earnestness that commands attention. In Simon and Garfunkel, the haunting beauty of the harmonies and the considered accompanying musicianship transformed simple, heartfelt folk songs into a soundtrack for many a fan's life. This was the case for Sting, who told the crowd: "I'm sure I'm not the only one to have Paul Simon as a soundtrack to their life."

February 17, 2015

Sting, Simon prove their class...

You can punch out all sorts of superlatives to describe the Paul Simon and Sting live concert experience. But one word stands out: wow. The duo, set to play their last Australian shows on the South Perth foreshore on Saturday and Sunday night, played to about 13,000 fans at Sydney’s Qantas Arena on Friday night. And unless Friday night was an anomaly (which I’m almost positive it wasn’t) everyone who is going to the Perth concerts is in for a treat...

February 08, 2015

Paul Simon and Sting get the music flowing at Coopers Brewery in a unique musical collaboration...

On paper, the Paul Simon and Sting tour might seem an odd combination: two artists from different musical generations and the wildly different background genres of folk and punk power rock. On stage at Cooper's Brewery, however, the "Simon & Sting-funkel" experience made perfect sense: two singer-songwriters whose musical vocabularies have grown to embrace an ever-expanding range of influences, from world music to jazz, roots and classical. This was no ordinary double bill. Instead of performing full solo sets of their own material, Simon and Sting wove in and out of each other's repertoire - harmonising on some tracks, alternating phrases on others and even trading complete songs in some instances - to create a wholly unique show...

February 07, 2015

Perfect harmony from master craftsmen...

It can be an incredible thing to feel one master craftsman's song resonate in the lungs of another. When Sting sang Paul Simon's America, it was with none of the baggage of expectation or jadedness or perceived nationalism or God knows what else the writer might have to carry. In its place was the unqualified affection and gratitude shared by every soul who had ever felt its naive hope and aching emptiness define a piece of their lives. That is to say, pretty much all 15,000 of us sprawling up the slope of a hill just outside Geelong...

February 03, 2015

Living legends in perfect synchronicity - Two giants of rock and a staggering shared catalogue all add up to a stellar concert for Brisbane fans...

It was a concert of old friends and old fans. Two of the world's most beloved musical superstars, Paul Simon and Sting, kicked off the Australian leg of their On Stage Together Tour in fine form at the Brisbane Entertainment Centre last night. Strolling on stage in casual attire, the two legends got the crowd on their feet early asking everyone to "stand up" during opening number Brand New Day. They then launched straight into Simon's Boy in the Bubble and Sting's Fields of Gold...

February 01, 2015

Paul Simon and Sting show why their songs have stood the test of time...

Over the years, a lot has been thrown at Sting - his tantric sex ideas, saving the Amazon forests and his balmy wedding day - so much so that he's almost as disliked as Bono. Yet on stage he comes across as the most charming and likeable person you could meet. And, you really would like to take him home and have a good chin-wag. Stunningly handsome and in good fettle, he rips through a well thought out set of Police and solo material then bows as Paul Simon makes his entrance. An entrance worthy of rock royalty he, like Sting, doesn't disappoint with his repertoire of old and new...

January 30, 2015

Double act weave intoxicating musical mix for fans...

Paul Simon and Sting may sound like a somewhat unlikely pairing - 73 and 63 respectively, they're from opposite sides of the Atlantic, and found fame in different decades with different genres. But more than 40 years on, their musical ideas seem to be easy bedfellows, and sharing their bands and songs as part of their On Stage Together tour brought many wide smiles to Vector Arena last night. As the two stars took to the instrument-laden stage (including three drum kits), there was an enthusiastic curiosity in the crowd, and they were rewarded with the pair sharing the stage for more than a third of the set, duetting, adding solos, and generally having a ball...

January 28, 2015

New Zealand Herald: Paul Simon and Sting talk to Russell Baillie about the pair's joint tour that lands in Auckland on Friday and New Plymouth on Saturday...

On the end of one line is Paul Simon, somewhere in New England. On the other is Sting, somewhere in New York. They would be rehearsing together for their joint tour which hits Auckland tomorrow night and New Plymouth on Saturday, but for the fact that the former bassist frontman of The Police has to see off the final shows of his Broadway show The Last Ship - based on the shipbuilding industry of his hometown, Newcastle - before it closes, having been less than a runaway success. Ah well, it happens to the best of them - Simon's 1997 Broadway show The Capeman lost millions. But before Sting headed into theatre land, the pair had been on tour together in the United States, with reviews suggesting the seemingly incongruous partnership worked a treat, with individual sets and shared numbers, which have seen Sting in the Art Garfunkel role on some of Simon's biggest songs...

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