Vibe play­ful

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - PROVINCE - BY HI­LARY FOX

Sting, Gabriel plan ‘Rock, Pa­per Scis­sors’ tour.

Sting and Peter Gabriel had so much fun the last time they toured to­gether they thought they’d do it again.

Some three decades af­ter they first met, they’re join­ing forces, bands and songs for a se­ries of shows across the United States and Canada. Now, as then, the vibe will be play­ful.

“We found when we toured to­gether in the past there was a lot of pil­low fights on air­planes,” Gabriel told The As­so­ci­ated Press.

“It was fun, it re­ally was, and there was a lot of great mu­sic hap­pen­ing.”

Sit­ting down for a chat at Gabriel’s Real World Stu­dios, a con­verted mill sur­rounded by run­ning wa­ter and green gar­dens in Box, in south­west­ern Eng­land, the two English stars plot­ted out the fu­ture.

Both are fiercely in­de­pen­dent and brim­ming with the con­fi­dence that comes from walk­ing away from one ac­com­plish­ment and build­ing an­other.

Both de­parted very suc­cess­ful bands at a high point - Sting from The Po­lice and Gabriel from Gen­e­sis - and went on to es­tab­lish solo ca­reers.

They are so laid-back that they are promis­ing each other free rein over their joint back cat­a­logues of tracks, so there will be song-swap­ping on stage.

“We want to sing a lot of hits ba­si­cally, peo­ple want to hear the songs we’re fa­mous for,” Sting said. “But it’s al­ways in­ter­est­ing to trade a song. ... I’m not pre­cious about giv­ing him what­ever he wants.”

The idea came from Sting and a tour he did in Europe and North Amer­ica with Paul Si­mon.

“We traded mu­si­cians, we sang to­gether. And the take home that peo­ple got from that was they loved it when we did things to­gether,” Sting said.

The mu­si­cians met when they were fea­tured at an Amnesty In­ter­na­tional con­cert in 1986. They em­barked on a six-week, five con­ti­nent tour for the char­ity two years later that was in­tended to raise aware­ness for hu­man rights causes. Bruce Spring­steen, Tracy Chapman and Yous­sou N’Dour also took part.

“We never knew where we were go­ing, we trav­elled to all sorts of amaz­ing coun­tries, great peo­ple, but we had all th­ese fan­tas­tic mu­si­cians trav­el­ling to­gether,” he said.

The pair have named their up­com­ing tour “Rock Pa­per Scis­sors” and joke that they will play the game at any op­por­tu­nity.

“It’s the per­fect game, ac­tu­ally, be­cause no one can have dom­i­nance,” Sting said.

The tour kicks off on June 21 in Colum­bus, Ohio, and fin­ishes up in Ed­mon­ton, Al­berta, on July 24.

YORK TIL­LYER/AP PHOTO

In this im­age pro­vided by Peter Gabriel Ltd. Bri­tish mu­si­cians Peter Gabriel, left, and Sting, are shown at the Real World Stu­dios in Box, Eng­land on Mon­day Jan. 4.

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