Paul Simon and Sting will embark on a North American tour in 2014. The tour, dubbed “Paul Simon & Sting: On Stage Together,” launches Feb. 8 and will include a March 4 date at Madison Square Garden in New York City.
“Paul and I both share this abiding curiosity about music and where it’s going,” Sting told the New York Times ahead of an official announcement on Tuesday. “We don’t really know where this is going. We don’t really have a clue how this is going to pan out.”
Sources tell Billboard the trek will kick off on the West Coast before moving east and that it will resemble co-headlining tours by the likes of Elton John and Billy Joel, wherein the artists will perform solo sets and then team up as a duo on each other’s material.
Curious as to how their two legendary voices will sound together? In June, Simon was the surprise guest at Sting’s concert in Atlantic City, where the pair performed “Fields of Gold” and “The Boxer.”
The tour will be act one of a busy year for Sting, who is working on launching the stage version of his musical, “The Last Ship,” in Chicago in late-spring and on Broadway next fall. The album of the same name was released in September. “It’s probably the most difficult thing I’ve ever done in terms of creativity because there’s so many moving parts,” Sting told us at the time.
Simon released “So Beautiful or So What,” his 12th studio album, in April 2011 to critical acclaim. The Phil Ramone-produced effort debuted at No. 4 on the Billboard 200.