Paul Simon and Sting: On Stage Together — a joint tour that Simon proposed calling “The Sound of Every Breath” — doesn’t kick off until February 8, in Houston, but now’s the time to score tickets. Although the super-duo will hit 18 cities, including recently added dates in New York and Boston, demand is predictably high.
Their decision to join forces stemmed from a benefit for the nonprofit Robin Hood Foundation last May, at which the legendary singer-songwriters performed duet renditions of Simon’s “The Boxer” and Sting’s “Fields of Gold,” with results that surprised even themselves. Afterward, Simon told The New York Times, “We both looked at each other and said, 'Wow. That’s pretty interesting.'” Sting’s comment to the audience: “We’ve started a new band. It’s called Simon and Stingfunkel.” Apparently, he wasn’t entirely kidding. — John Birmingham