Music legends Paul Simon and Sting lit up the stage at the recently renovated Forum in Inglewood on Saturday night, February 15. The show was part of their "On Stage Together" concert tour, which kicked off in Houston, Texas last week. This dream collaboration was everything fans could hope for and then some. Often, high-profile collaborations like this don't live up to the hype. They look great on paper but fall short in execution. Not so, with Sting and Paul Simon. The two music veterans shared incredible chemistry on stage Saturday night and kept the audience transfixed throughout the 2 ½ -hour show with powerful, high-energy performances. The time seemed to fly by; and judging from the audience's enthusiastic reaction, they could have performed another 2 ½ hours.
The set list consisted of an even mix of songs from each artist's acclaimed catalog-their solo tracks and classics by the Police and Simon & Garfunkel. The show kicked off in style with a duet of Sting's "Brand New Day." The two artists' voices complemented one another in a seamless fashion and let audience members know that they were in for a night they wouldn't soon forget.
In sort of a tag-team approach, the two would perform a few songs together; then, one would exit the stage for a spell while the other performed several tracks on his own, and so on. This approach proved extremely effective, allowing each artist to shine solo and on the duets.
There were numerous highlights in Saturday night's concert. For instance, it was a treat to watch the two trade vocals on Simon & Garfunkel gems such as "The Boxer" and "Bridge Over Troubled Water," as well as tracks from Simon's solo work like "Late in the Evening" and "Mother and Child Reunion." The two also performed a few Police songs together, including a poignant, show-stopping reading of classic "Every Breath You Take."
On Simon's solo sets, he delivered heartfelt performances of some of his best-known tracks, including "50 Ways to Leave Your Lover," "Diamonds on the Soles of Her Shoes," "Still Crazy After All These Years" and "You Can Call Me Al." And Sting raised the roof during his solo sets with rousing performances of Police songs "Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic, "Roxanne," and "Driven to Tears," and on solo tracks such as "Desert Rose" and "Englishman in New York."
While watching the concert, it was evident that these two great talents have tremendous appreciation and admiration for one another's art. The sense of joy the two shared during their duets was infectious. It was truly inspiring to watch the two artists communicate with one another through their music.
Members of both Sting and Paul Simon's bands provided stellar musical support for this incredible show.