PAUL SIMON AND STING - HERSHEY 2014

March 15, 2014 – 3:03 am

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PAUL SIMON AND STING
Hershey 2014 [no label, 2CD]

Live at the Giant Center, Hershey, PA; March 9, 2014. Excellent audience recording.

It’s not Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel but Paul Simon and Sting on The Boxer and that can send chills down your spine.

Andy Greene wrote at Rolling Stone:

These two men from different generations and different continents have spent the past few weeks on the road mashing their large bands together and weaving their catalogs into one with remarkable results. They could have simply staged their standard solo concert, coming together for a few duets during the encore, but they opted for something far more unique and interesting. It was a show where “Brand New Day” seamlessly flowed into “Boy In The Bubble” and “Fields of Gold,” with Paul Simon and Sting swapping lines back and forth with great ease.

The two singers have much in common. They both spent the first decade of their careers as the primary songwriter of an insanely successful act that went through a very ugly and public breakup right at the peak of its success. They both went onto huge solo careers where they experimented with world music, and they both agreed to highly nostalgic reunion tours in the mid-2000s that earned them boatloads of cash, but weren’t exactly forward-looking endeavors. They’re both also at a point in their careers where they can’t fill arenas on their own, so on a business level, this tour makes sense as well.

These are not men that enjoy spontaneity at their gigs. The show was meticulously rehearsed, the setlist barely changes from night-to-night and the backing musicians, some of the best in the business, are never going to miss a single note. There were 15 players total, including original E Street Band keyboardist David Sancious and backup singer Jo Lawry from 20 Feet From Stardom. They were able to perfectly recreate the original recording of “The Boxer” down to the booming drum effect, though the Police did a pretty good job with just three musicians and more isn’t always better. “Driven To Tears,” for example, didn’t necessarily require a violin solo.

About the Hershey gig, Jodi Duckett blogged at mcall.com

Simon welcomed the crowd, describing his and Sting’s union as “an experiment that’s turned out to be fun and interesting.”

“I had no idea he played bass,” he joked about Sting.

He also joked that by the end of the tour, he expected the very fit Sting to rub off on him and he would become an “Adonis, able to have sex for days on end…”

Sting and Simon also each took a moment during the concert to express their admiration for each other, with Sting at one point ordering Simon off stage so he could say how much of an “honor” it was to share the stage with “Paul Simon and his extraordinary band. His body of work is humbling and inspiring at the same time. He has been a teacher and a mentor for many years…”

The highlight of highlights was Simon putting down the guitar to sing Sting’s “Fragile” and Sting singing Simon’s spine-tingling “America,” each adding a new, welcome dimension to the song. Sting said “America” took him back to the time when he was a young man on his first visit to the United States. He said he and the band traveled the country in a rented station wagon playing empty clubs, but with a “sense of wonder.”

Thanks to mcacdcgc who recorded and shared the show at Dime.

Thanks also to ethiessen1 for the artwork.

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Disc 1
Paul Simon and Sting
Track 101. Brand New Day 5:17 (8.9MB)
Track 102. The Boy In the Bubble 4:22 (7.3MB)
Track 103. Fields of Gold 5:03 (8.5MB)

Sting
Track 104. Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic 4:34 (7.7MB)
Track 105. Englishman In New York 4:41 (7.9MB)
Track 106. Hung My Head 5:42 (9.6MB)
Track 107. Driven To Tears 5:31 (9.3MB)
Track 108. Walking On The Moon 4:34 (7.7MB)

Paul Simon and Sting
Track 109. Mother and Child Reunion 3:26 (5.8MB)

Paul Simon
Track 110. 50 Ways To Leave Your Lover 4:07 (6.9MB)
Track 111. Dazzling Blue 5:14 (8.8MB)
Track 112. Graceland 5:16 (8.8MB)
Track 113. Still Crazy After All These Years 4:27 (7.5MB)
Track 114. Me and Julio Down By The Schoolyard 4:54 (8.2MB)

Paul Simon and Sting
Track 115. Fragile 4:29 (7.5MB)

Sting
Track 116. America 4:12 (7.0MB)
Track 117. Message In A Bottle 5:02 (8.5MB)
81 mins

Disc 2
Sting
Track 201. The Hounds of Winter 6:32 (11.0MB)
Track 202. They Dance Alone 6:01 (10.1MB)
Track 203. Roxanne 4:02 (6.8MB)
Track 204. Desert Rose 5:35 (9.4MB)

Paul Simon and Sting
Track 205. The Boxer 5:53 (9.9MB)

Paul Simon
Track 206. That Was Your Mother 3:54 (6.5MB)
Track 207. Hearts and Bones 6:09 (10.3MB)
Track 208. Mystery Train 2:02 (3.4MB)
Track 209. Wheels 2:10 (3.6MB)
Track 210. The Obvious Child 4:47 (8.0MB)
Track 211. Diamonds On The Soles of Her Shoes 7:15 (12.2MB)
Track 212. You Can Call Me Al 6:26 (10.8MB)

Paul Simon and Sting
Track 213. Bridge Over Troubled Water 5:25 (9.1MB)
Track 214. Every Breath You Take 4:19 (7.2MB)
Track 215. Late In The Evening 5:31 (9.3MB)
Track 216. When Will I Be Loved? 3:19 (5.6MB)
80 mins

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  1. 30 Responses to “PAUL SIMON AND STING - HERSHEY 2014”

  2. A telling moment in this set is when Simon sings “Still Crazy After All These Years” and the huge crowd sings along with him and cheers at verses. Even in this cavernous building it still sounds like Simon is singing in the wee small hours of the morning. These songs have stood the test of the time and both men are in surprisingly good voice. Good recording, good performance, thanks BigO!

    By Tony on Mar 15, 2014

  3. Thanks for this show.

    By Nick on Mar 15, 2014

  4. this is an odd pairing…

    yeah the arcs of similar careers have been pointed out but thats where the similarities end…!!!

    it could well be argued that paul might sit second right behind dylan as the most important influential figure poet of this generation of songwriting, music writing, composers…!!!

    sting on the other hand very sophomoric writing popish tunes & if it wasnt for Andy, Stewart’s music abilities & the right timing of the mtv fad would still be teaching in England…!!!

    By Jerry's Finger on Mar 15, 2014

  5. but will give it a listen to…

    thanks to all for bringing it to us…

    By Jerry's Finger on Mar 15, 2014

  6. ^edit to add to my post above:

    i accidently omitted “American” composers…behind dylan…

    By Jerry's Finger on Mar 15, 2014

  7. This looks wonderful Thanks BigO!

    By Tom on Mar 15, 2014

  8. A bizzare pairing indeed. Paul Simon’s last solo theatre tour was an inspired romp with his great band, while Sting chased the money around the world doing his Police Reunion tour. Sorry, this music doesn’t inspire me at all.

    By Adam Dean on Mar 16, 2014

  9. Paul Simon had enough respect for Sting to want to tour and record with him. Sad that the people commenting here don’t.

    By James D on Mar 17, 2014

  10. ok james sure… but for that almighty dollar both of them…

    paul getting senile in his old age apparently…& sting is just a goofball…

    listened to three tunes & couldnt take it anymore…gave it up…yes pretty uninspired really…

    enjoy if you like this kinda stuff though…

    By Jerry's Finger on Mar 17, 2014

  11. Jerry, maybe it wasn’t about the dollar, maybe they just really enjoyed and respected each other and wanted to play together. As a musician, I totally get that. Agreed the recording isn’t very inspiring and I’m a fan of both but don’t hammer either, both are HUGE stars that have accomplished more than you and I probably ever will.

    By James D on Mar 17, 2014

  12. it is too about the $$$$…!!!

    otherwise why go out on the road…? hell just rent out studio time or get together in their home studios & just play together then for the respect…?

    and as a true fan & musician without the blinders on can you objectively say this is great…???!!!

    yes as a musician would you rather hear someone say instead & lie to you and say “oh that was the greatest thing you’ve ever done.” when you know damn well yourself it wasnt…???

    By Jerry's Finger on Mar 17, 2014

  13. I didn’t say the outcome was great. Chemistry as friends and chemistry as a band can be two different things altogether. And what is recorded on one night isn’t always represented of the whole experience either so you are basing your opinion on this recording here. Makes sense because I’m guessing you were there at the meetings, the dinners, the rehearsals, the tour and for the mix down at the studio.

    Musicians want to play regardless of how successful they are. Many go on huge tours (the Rolling Stones and Eric Clapton for example), others go and play at local bars or do new recordings and limited engagements. Its in the heart to play and regardless of income you still play. I make a great living and I still go and play a couple of times a month for $150-$200 a night (and a lot of free nights just to play with friends). It’s not worth it but I love playing and always will…whether in front of a crowd or in my living room with friends.

    Don’t assume everything is about money when you are talking about art.

    By James D on Mar 17, 2014

  14. james i dont give a rats ass about your opinion about you as a muscian & why you play…

    i understand the muse…its still an odd pairing…& its time they stopped this foolishness…hope no more collaborations…

    you have paul the professor & the lacking student gordon…

    & no i dont feel no chemistry coming from this recording…

    but if you love it feel free to like it…

    i dont…!!!

    I’ve been a fan of Paul’s for decades…this might be his lowest of lows…even standing in a damn chicken suit on snl had more legitimacy at that time than this charade…lol…

    what ever floats your boat man…

    By Jerry's Finger on Mar 17, 2014

  15. Hey Jerry, haven’t checked this out yet so no comment yet on the music itself. But James addressed you seriously and respectfully. Your most recent post responds to something serious and from the heart, and what do you do? Be as snotty as possible and come off like a complete jerk. Re-read and perhaps you’ll see what most others will. Chill, dude, no reason for that.

    By TinyMontgomery on Mar 26, 2014

  16. good reading here.

    http://www.offbeat.com/2014/04/01/the-real-ps-bruce-sunpie-barnes-tours-with-paul-simon-sting/

    By pismo t clam on Mar 28, 2014

  17. @Jerry: You claim to have been a Paul Simon fan for ‘decades’. Now that’s odd. The rest of your reply to James indicates that you are probably thirteen years old.

    By Hannes Minkema on Mar 29, 2014

  18. @hannes….yeah im 13…lol…i remember watching the snl chicken suit skit aired live so yeah im 13 hehehehehehe..

    still in odd combination…i dont like it…if you like this collaboration good for you…its art…& this time around paul didnt move me…what the hell is wrong in saying i dont like it…oh i guess one has to be “political correct” & not say a bad word about an artist or artists around here…or about musicians (@james) in which i play as well…

    @tiny…snotty as i dont care to hear james life story as a musician & what he rhinks i should feel & say…oh ok…

    there’s nothing new here that P & S presented to the listening audience on this tour…sure p & s has respect for each other but i still believe its $$$ driven as well…

    enjoy it…i dont…

    but thanks to everyone for making the recording available…

    By Jerry's Finger on Mar 29, 2014

  19. jerrys finger .
    I like the fact you have the gumption to say what you like and don`t like.
    this isn`t north korea.

    By pismo t clam on Mar 29, 2014

  20. LOL @ Hannes Minkema-True that!!

    By Jerry's Anus on Apr 7, 2014

  21. @jer’s anus…

    lol…yeah how true you probably are an older individual but must have an iq of a 3 year old as well as hannes apparently huh…?
    can you come back with something intelligent to say at least anus…

    By Jerry's Finger on Apr 7, 2014

  22. the snl skit in question is played on tv constantly and has been for over 20 yrs. in fact i saw it 2 weeks ago. u can also find it on youtube. so claiming he saw it when it happened live in 76 is less than likely. btw.. its a turkey not a chicken. it was 11-20 the thanksgiving episode. if u saw this show and felt it had legitimacy how did u totally miss the entire point of the skit with regards to the outfit he was wearing? just asking.

    By darth on Apr 7, 2014

  23. Darth quit being silly…

    a chicken a turkey…whats the difference…lol….I’ve only seen it a couple of times since nov of ‘76…..time fades quickly…yes youre right unlike your kent state information you louse…

    & the point is that snl skit was funny & had more legitimacy than this charade of a show with sting you moron…what dont you get you ignorant child Darth…?

    By Jerry's Finger on Apr 7, 2014

  24. darth is jerry`s anus along with a host of other names he uses. he told me in an email he does this just to make people mad it is a hobby for him.

    By thank you on Apr 7, 2014

  25. read something today about paul simon getting busted for domestic probs.

    By stan dupp on Apr 29, 2014

  26. funny how when youre wrong and i point it out im being silly. when im not wrong and u put an exorbitant amount of effort into harassing me about things i have said.. youre not being silly. fascinating isnt it.

    btw.. my kent state info.. is absolutely 100% completely and positively accurate.

    what dont i get? it could fill volumes. does any of it involve u? i dont think i pay u that much mind enough to even wonder about u. lol.

    thank you - i use no other id’s on this site. i have never emailed u and i have never admitted any such thing. take the bogus fictitious emails u have.. check the headers and do a location / ip check on me. yeah right.

    By darth on Apr 29, 2014

  27. Darthy boy you are nothing but a piece of shit…

    get your head out of your ass about the absurd Kent state misinformation that you want to believe propagate as typed here on your personal Darthsbigo site son…!!!

    keep on with your lunatic ways here…you will forever have venom spewed at you child…

    but have a good day you liar loser…!!!

    By Jerry's Finger on Apr 29, 2014

  28. I quite like chicken. Turkey can be a bit dry . . .

    By swappers on Apr 29, 2014

  29. I quite like chicken. Turkey can be a bit dry

    lay a couple strips of bacon across the top when you are cooking it. mmm tasteeeee

    By julias only child on Apr 29, 2014

  30. @swappers & Julia’s only child…

    yes i concur on the chicken & bacon method will do that…but still will choose chicken over turkey…even if paul is in a turkey get up i say chicken… ;)

    By Jerry's Finger on Apr 29, 2014

  31. http://soundcloud.com/ediebrickell/like-to-get-to-know-you

    this is that new paul simon / edie brickell song that many of u may have heard about. u can listen to it here or download it if u wish. its 3.5mins long and 8meg in size. i didnt link to the full cd since paul isnt on the entire thing.

    By darth on May 5, 2014

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