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Paul Simon, Sting Kick Things Off in Houston

You know how often it’s the most trivial, youth-driven stuff that goes viral? Well, here’s a potential antidote to all that to start off your February 10-14 week.

Sting and Paul Simon kicked off their two-month tour this weekend in Houston. At one point, they teamed for a great version of the Simon & Garfunkel song “The Boxer,” ending with Sting kissing Simon on the forehead. Enough said.

Billboard contributor Gary Graff, who is based in Detroit, got the assignment to review the start of one 2014′s most eagerly awaited concert tours. He has the full song list and notes several times that Sting very effectively and subtly jumped in to the Simon and Garfunkel catalog:

The encore brought another three-song, full-ensemble combination, including energetic versions of the Police’s “Every Breath You Take” and Simon’s “Late in the Evening.” And Sting brought another variation to Art Garfunkel‘s definitive parts to the closing “Bridge Over Troubled Water,” complementing the majesty of Simon’s melody with an assured fan’s delivery rather than trying to compete with or reinvent Garfunkel’s showpiece.

The pair recently added a second Madison Square Garden show for March 6, to go along with the previously scheduled one March 4, as well as a March 3 date at the TD Garden in Boston.

P.S. The embedded video was posted by a fan in attendance February 8 at Houston’s Toyota Center. We’re not sure how stringent the Sting-Simon tour folks are going to be with this sort of thing, but we hope they don’t make YouTube take the footage down.

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