The Forum – Los Angeles – February 15
You’ve got to hand it Paul Simon and Sting. …The two veteran singer-songwriters have launched one of the most surprising, daring, and rewarding double bills we’re likely to see this year.
Not only did Simon and Sting share the bill Saturday at the Forum, but they shared the stage for about a third of the two-hour-and-40-minute set, dueting on each other’s hits, and even taking solo spins on one another’s songs.
…The moments when the two shared the stage were the most magical. A particularly moving segment had Simon starting Sting’s “Fragile” with Sting then accompanying him on acoustic guitar. It was a simply exquisite version that prompted Simon, who seemed genuinely moved, to proclaim, “I love that song.” Sting returned the compliment, noting he’s “humbled and inspired” by Simon’s body of work. He then recalled his first trip to America with the Police — whom he referred to only as “the band” — before launching into a stunning version of Simon & Garfunkel’s “America.”