By Jim Johnson

Sting and Peter Gabriel have announced their 19-city joint summer tour, dubbed “Rock Paper Scissors” according to Pollstar.

DUBLIN, IRELAND - DECEMBER 10: Peter Gabriel performs at the 3Arena on December 10, 2014 in Dublin, Ireland. (Photo by Phillip Massey/WireImage)

DUBLIN, IRELAND – DECEMBER 10: Peter Gabriel performs at the 3Arena on December 10, 2014 in Dublin, Ireland. (Photo by Phillip Massey/WireImage)

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The tour kicks of on June 21st in Columbus, Ohio at Nationwide Arena and runs through July 24th when it wraps in Edmonton, AB at Rexall Place. The “Rock Paper Scissors” jaunt will be similar to Sting’s recent outings with Paul Simon, featuring separate sets between the duo, with a mixing of material and musicians throughout. The jaunt marks the first time the pair has teamed up on the road since 1988 when they — along with Bruce Springsteen — toured as part of the international “Human Rights Now” tour benefiting Amnesty International.

Sting spoke about the much-anticipated double bill saying, “I’m very happy that we’re taking the chance to experiment this way. I think people will be intrigued, I certainly am.” Peter Gabriel added: “What intrigues me is that you get a good bunch of musicians together and interesting things will happen.”

  • Although Sting has nothing to prove after such a monumental career, he admits that the stage is still a huge part of his job: “Y’know, I’ve been for touring most of my life, coming to places — most of them are really happy to see you (laughs), which is an interesting drug to put in your vein every night — hard to give up. I think I’m getting better as an artist, as a bandleader, as a songwriter; so I’ll just keep doing that until I’m too old and stupid to do it any more.”
  • Peter Gabriel said that he’s always been in the right place at the right time to help further his craft: “I just think I’m very fortunate because I’ve worked with extraordinarily people, great musicians. For me, it’s not about rock n’ roll or any label. I think it was (Count) Basie who said ‘There’s only two kinds of music — good and bad.’ And that’s what I subscribe to.”
  • JUST ANNOUNCED: Sting & Peter Gabriel tour dates (subject to change):
    June 21 – Columbus, OH – Nationwide Arena
    June 23  – Washington, D.C. – Verizon Center
    June 24 – Wantagh, NY – Jones Beach
    June 26 – Philadelphia, PA – BB&T Pavilion
    June 27 – New York, NY – Madison Square Garden
    June 29 – Toronto, ON – Air Canada Centre   
    June 30 — Detroit, MI – The Palace of Auburn Hills
    July 2 – Worcester, MA – DCU Center
    July 5 – Montreal, QC – Bell Centre
    July 7 – Québec, QC – Festival d’ete de Quebec (Plains of Abraham)
    July 9 – Chicago, IL – United Center
    July 10 – Milwaukee, WI – Summerfest
    July 12 – Denver, CO – Pepsi Center
    July 14 – San Jose, CA – SAP Center at San Jose
    July 15 – Lake Tahoe, NV – Harvey’s
    July 17 – Los Angeles, CA – Hollywood Bowl
    July 21 – Seattle, WA – Key Arena
    July 23 – Calgary, AB – Scotiabank Saddledome
    July 24 – Edmonton, AB – Rexall Place



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