Sting and Paul Simon kick off their joint concert tour ....


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Sting and Paul Simon are touring together now with their bands, and sharing each others' songs and music (as well as covering plenty of their own older hits). The tour kicked off in Houston and in Dallas this weekend. It's a great show.

It's an unusual pairing in some ways: the powerful singing and playing of Sting, the quieter and more introspective music of Paul Simon. But they have been plain in saying how much they have admired each others' work, and each has gone in some interesting directions in the world-music and folk-music styles while still keeping their own essential musical brands.

It's an evening of big sounds, with some 14 musicians total onstage, and a catalog of classic songs that made the most of every player. Their bands mix and mingle and trade off, and as you'd expect from these two taskmasters, they are very tight.

To be candid, I thought the songs where Sting and Simon were singing together were not perfect, in both phrasing and voicing; while both wanted it to work, their voices are not a natural blend. Sting's voice is still powerful; Simon's is not. They were deeply respectful of each others' work, but Sting dominates anyway.

But if the blend did not altogether work, you still have a wonderful evening of two master singer-songwriters and their crack bands, covering a lot of your favorite songs. If you're a fan of either, you should go.

Pretty accurate review from the Houston show:

Set list is:

Simon and Sting:
Brand New Day
Boy in the Bubble
Fields of Gold
Every Little Thing She Does is Magic
Englishman in New York
I Hung My Head
Driven To Tears
Simon and Sting:
Love is the Seventh Wave
Mother and Child Reunion
Crazy Love
Dazzling Blue
50 Ways to Leave Your Lover
Me and Julio Down By the Schoolyard
That Was Your Mother
Simon and Sting:
Message in a Bottle
The Hounds of Winter
They Dance Alone
Desert Rose
Simon and Sting:
The Boxer
The Obvious Child
Hearts and Bones/Mystery Train/Wheels
Kodachrome/Gone At Last
Diamonds on the Soles of Her Shoes
You Can Call Me Al
Simon and Sting:
Every Breath You Take
Late in the Evening
Bridge Over Troubled Water

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