Sting and Paul Simon announce Australian tour

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Paul Simon and Sting may be a generation and an ocean apart but a summer tour in 2015 will bring them together musically in Australia.

The Australian and New Zealand tour will begin in Auckland on January 30 and encompass both arena and outdoor shows, including a couple of wineries.

As with similar shows in North America this year, the concerts will see the singers performed individually and together, sharing the microphone for what will likely be an extravagantly long list of hits.

The American folk pop legend and the English giant of reggae/pop/mediaeval song brings together some shared musical roots.

While their careers have never really intersected, there are several musical crossover points. One sang about the Condor Pass, the other campaigned for the Amazon; one drew on the rhythm of the saints, the other drew on the rhythms of Jamaica.

Another thing in common is both have sold millions of albums across careers which began more than 50 years ago (for Simon) and nearly 40 years (Sting) both in groups and solo.

Tickets go on sale July 7.


Vector Arena, Auckland - Friday, January 30

Entertainment Centre, Brisbane - Tuesday, February 3

MT Duneed Estate (formerly the Hill Winery), Geelong - Saturday, February 7
Presented by A Day on the Green; www.adayonthegreen.com.au

Coopers Brewery, Adelaide - Sunday, February 8
Presented by Space Events; www.anightatcoopers.com

Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne - Tuesday, February 10

Hope Estate Winery, Hunter Valley - Saturday, February 14

Qantas Credit Union Arena, Sydney - Monday, February 16

Sir James Mitchell Park, Perth - Saturday, February 21
Presented by An Evening on the Green; www.adayonthegreen.com.au