Paul Simon & Sting On Stage Together
The roots of Paul Simon's career began when he began collaborating with childhood friend Art Garfunkel in high school. Simon wrote his first song for the duo when he was thirteen and by 1957 they had a fairly successful single titled "Hey, Schoolgirl," under the moniker Tom and Jerry. In 1964, Simon & Garfunkel were signed to Columbia Records and released Wednesday Morning, 3 A.M. shortly after. While the album was commercially unsuccessful, the track "Sounds of Silence" became hugely popular a year later. While the success wasn't enough for high profile tour dates, concert dates would follow after the success of albums like Sounds of Silence, Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme, and the soundtrack to The Graduate. Tensions reached a breaking point on their 1970 album, Bridge Over Troubled Water, and the duo separated soon after; although Simon & Garfunkel would not be without reunion tour dates in later years.
After the breakup of Simon & Garfunkel, Paul Simon embarked on a hugely successful solo career. He released three hit-filled albums in the seventies, including his self-titled solo debut, There Goes Rhymin' Simon, and Still Crazy After All These Years. During a lull in his career and inspired by native African music, Simon recorded Graceland in 1986, which was a critical and commercial smash hit. The album earned Simon two Grammys and a number of hugely successful tour dates. Simon released another hit, socially conscious album in 2006 called Surprise, which dealt heavily with the events of 9/11 and the Iraq invasion.
A follow up to Surprise wouldn't come until April of 2011, when he released So Beautiful or So What, which Paul Simon has called his best album in twenty years. The bluegrass style and consistently outstanding lyrics has received acclaim from many critics; even the curmudgeonly Robert Christgau gave it an "A". In appreciation of his fans' support, Paul Simon his currently playing spring/summer 2011 tour dates in the US and Europe. On June 20, he'll began tour dates in the UK, including stops in Ireland, England, and Scotland and a concert date at the Glastonbury Festival. On July 5, Paul Simon will travel to the rest of Europe, including France, Germany, Switzerland, and a concert date at the North Sea Jazz Festival in Rotterdam. Paul Simon's tour dates for 2011 will end on July 21 in Tel Aviv, so be sure to buy your tickets on Eventful soon.
Sting: Both during his tenure as the frontman for The Police and in his solo career, Sting has remained one of the most talented singer-songwriters of all time. In addition to selling out major stadium tour dates around the world, Sting has also released seven platinum solo albums, many of those going multi-platinum. Sting is also well known for his score and soundtrack contributions, which have led to his more recent, classical albums, including Symphonicities. It's these classic reinterpretations of Sting's hit singles that fans can expect to enjoy on tour dates in 2011.
The Police were formed in 1977 and quickly rose to fame after the release of their first single, "Roxanne." The Police's next two albums would also yield smash hit singles written by Sting, including "Message In a Bottle", "Don't Stand So Close to Me", and "De Do Do Do, De Da Da Da." It was during this time that The Police performed voluminous tour dates around the world that brought them international fame. By the time The Police dissolved in 1986, Sting's first solo album, The Dream of Blue Turtles, had already gone triple platinum and won a Grammy, leading to the artist's first ever, solo tour dates. Sting continued to release albums that bridged generational gaps, including Brand New Day in 1999, which quickly went triple platinum and earned the artist three Grammys.
Sting is currently finishing up 2011 tour dates for his Symphonicity Tour, which concludes at the end of July. Fans in Italy and France will enjoy classical arrangements of Sting's hit singles as the singer is assisted by a full orchestral backing. With so few 2011 tour dates left for this music icon, fans should buy their tickets quickly.