Sting & Paul Simon to Launch North American Tour in Early 2014
Paul Simon and Sting are reportedly set to launch a North American tour in early 2014, with Sting breaking the news to The New York Times today. Titled PAUL SIMON & STING: ON STAGE TOGETHER, the tour will feature the pair performing solo sets and duets, and launch Feb. 8 according to The Hollywood Reporter.
"Paul and I both share this abiding curiosity about music and where it's going," Sting told the NY Times. "We don't really know where this is going. We don't really have a clue how this is going to pan out."
An official announcement is expected tomorrow.
Sting has received sixteen Grammy Awards for his work, receiving his first Grammy for Best Rock Instrumental Performance in 1981, and an Oscar nomination for the best song. He is a member of both the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Songwriters Hall of Fame. Prior to starting his solo career, he was the principal songwriter, lead singer and bassist of the rock band The Police.
Simon's 12 Grammy Awards include eight as a member of Simon & Garfunkel, as well as the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award (2003). Simon has been inducted twice into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, in 1990 as a member of Simon & Garfunkel, and in 2001 as a solo artist. In 2002, Simon was a Kennedy Center Honors recipient, and in 2007, he received the first inaugural Gershwin Prize for Popular Song from the Library of Congress, an all-star event that was televised and made available on home video. Many other honors have come Simon's way, from the 53(rd) Annual BMI Pop Awards in 2005 (where he was named a BMI Icon in recognition of his 39 BMI Awards and 75 million broadcast airplays), to being named one of Time magazine's "100 People Who Shaped the World" (2006). Simon holds Honorary Degrees from the Berklee College of Music in Boston (and serves on its Board of Trustees); and from Brandeis University (where Simon & Garfunkel appeared in 1966). In 2010, Simon was inducted into the prestigious Songwriters Hall Of Fame, based in New York, and the following year he was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Most recently in 2012, Simon was awarded Sweden's Polar Music Prize, one of the world's most coveted honors.