Two iconic British rock artists — Sting and Peter Gabriel — will combine again for a North American tour this summer that includes Seattle’s KeyArena on July 21.
The “Rock Paper Scissors” tour sees the two stars performing both separately and together, combining bands to expand the most popular hits of their five-decade, award-winning careers. Tickets for the Seattle show go on sale Feb. 1 at livenation.com.
Kicking off in Columbus, Ohio, the tour is produced by Live Nation and takes in Washington, D.C., New York, Philadelphia and Toronto before heading to the West Coast, ending in Edmonton, Alberta.
“I’m very happy that we’re taking the chance to experiment this way,” Sting said in the news release.
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“What intrigues me is that you get a good bunch of musicians together and interesting things will happen,” Gabriel said.
Sting, a composer, singer actor, author and activist, began his career in the 1970s with London band The Police. He has also released 14 solo albums, selling nearly 100 million albums and receiving multiple awards including 16 Grammys, an Emmy and induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. His latest release is “The Last Ship,” a Tony-award-winning score for a Broadway play of the same name.
Gabriel co-founded the successful band Genesis while still at school, and since then has recorded 11 studio albums and multiple film scores, winning many Grammys and founding the international WOMAD festival in 1980. Also in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Gabriel has been awarded the Man of Peace title by the Nobel Peace Laureates. The artists first toured together in the 1980s to benefit Amnesty International, and have each become activists, Sting co-founding the Rainforest Fund in 1989 and Gabriel co-founding human rights organizations WITNESS and The Elders.
Presale tickets for American Express cardholders go on sale for the Seattle concert at 10 a.m. Jan. 27; general Seattle tickets go on sale 10 a.m. Feb. 1.