Two of music’s most iconic artists – Sting and Peter Gabriel – will unite this summer for a once in a lifetime concert tour. Rock Paper Scissors, produced by Live Nation Global Touring, will visit select North American cities this June and July (complete itinerary follows). Tickets will go on sale starting January 25th and February 1st at www.livenation.com.
Having first toured together in the eighties for Amnesty International, Rock Paper Scissors will find Peter Gabriel and Sting performing both separately and together, playing their own songs as well as melding their bands to explore each other’s most celebrated hits.
“I’m very happy that we’re taking the chance to experiment this way. I think people will be intrigued, I certainly am.” Sting
“What intrigues me is that you get a good bunch of musicians together and interesting things will happen.” Peter Gabriel
Peter Gabriel first came to international prominence with the success of Genesis, a band that he co-founded while still at school. Since leaving Genesis in 1975, his recording career has included eleven studio albums, film soundtracks for Alan Parker’s ‘Birdy’, Martin Scorsese’s ‘The Last Temptation of Christ’ and Philip Noyce’s ‘Rabbit Proof Fence’ as well as numerous live albums. His wider musical career has included multiple Grammy Awards, the creation of the Real World Records label, and in 1980 the creation of WOMAD, the festival that has launched the careers of many world music artists and has to date presented over 170 festivals in 30 countries.
Peter Gabriel co-founded the human rights organization WITNESS (Witness.org) in 1992, the organization that pioneers the use of cameras and technology in human rights campaigning, and in 2007, alongside Sir Richard Branson, he founded The Elders (theelders.org) which was launched by Nelson Mandela. In 2006, Peter Gabriel was awarded the prestigious Man of Peace title by The Nobel Peace Laureates and in 2008 was also included in the Time 100 list. He has been inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame twice. He remains engaged in a wide variety of tech-based businesses throughout a variety of creative industries.
Composer, singer, actor, author, and activist – Sting was born in Newcastle, England before moving to London in 1977 to form The Police with Stewart Copeland and Andy Summers. The band released five studio albums, earned six Grammy Awards and two Brits, and was inducted into The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2003. Since 1989, Sting has released fourteen solo albums and received an additional 10 Grammy Awards, two Brits, a Golden Globe, an Emmy, three Oscar nominations, Billboard Magazine’s Century Award and MusiCares 2004 Person of the Year. Also a member of the Songwriters Hall of Fame, he received the Kennedy Center Honors in December of 2014. Throughout his enduring career, he has sold close to 100 million albums from his combined work with The Police and as a solo artist.
The Last Ship, his latest release, is inspired by his memories of the shipbuilding community of Wallsend in the North East of England where he was born and raised. A play of the same name, with music and lyrics by Sting, debuted on Broadway in October 2014 and was heralded by the Associated Press as “thrilling with powerful performances, outstanding songs and real heart.” Sting received a Tony Award nomination for Best Original Score. He has appeared in more than 15 films and authored two books, including The New York Times best-selling memoir, Broken Music. His support for human rights organizations mirrors his art in its universal outreach. Along with wife Trudie Styler, Sting founded the Rainforest Fund in 1989 to protect both the world’s rainforests and the indigenous people living there.
Tickets for Rock Paper Scissors will go on sale beginning January 25th. The artists’ fans will have access to a pre-sale through their respective official websites, starting Wednesday, Jan. 20th (time frames vary). For complete tour and ticket information, VIP Packages and more visit: www.livenation.com, www.petergabriel.com and www.sting.com.
American Express® Card Members can purchase tickets in Washington, New York, San Jose, Lake Tahoe & Los Angeles before the general public beginning Thursday, Jan. 21 at 10 a.m. local through Sunday, Jan. 24 5 p.m. local and in Columbus, Detroit, Worcester, Chicago, Denver & Seattle beginning Wednesday, Jan. 27 at 10 a.m. local through Sunday, Jan. 31 5 p.m. local.
Citi card members will have access to presale tickets beginning Thursday, Jan. 21st at 10 a.m. local time for performances in Philadelphia, PA and in Wantagh, NY starting Wednesday, Jan. 27th at 10 a.m. local time through Citi’s Private Pass Program. For complete presale details visit www.citiprivatepass.com.
ROCK PAPER SCISSORS NORTH AMERICAN TOUR ITINERARY – 2016
Date: City: Venue: On sale Date:
June 21 Columbus, OH Nationwide Arena Mon. Feb. 1 (10am)
June 23 Washington, DC Verizon Center Mon. Jan. 25 (10am)
June 24 Wantagh, NY Jones Beach Mon. Feb. 1 (10am)
June 26 Philadelphia, PA BB&T Pavilion Mon. Jan. 25 (10am)
June 27 New York, NY Madison Square Garden Mon. Jan. 25 (9am)
June 29 Toronto, ON Air Canada Centre Mon. Jan. 25 (10am)
June 30 Detroit, MI The Palace of Auburn Hills Mon. Feb. 1 (10am)
July 02 Worcester, MA DCU Center Mon. Feb. 1 (10am)
July 05 Montreal, QC Bell Centre Mon. Jan. 25 (10am)
July 07 Québec, QC Festival d’été de Québec On sale March 2016
(Plains of Abraham)
July 09 Chicago, IL United Center Mon. Feb. 1 (10am)
July 10 Milwaukee, WI Summerfest Mon. Feb. 1 (10am)
July 12 Denver, CO Pepsi Center Mon. Feb. 1 (10am)
July 14 San Jose, CA SAP Center at San Jose Mon. Jan. 25 (10am)
July 15 Lake Tahoe, NV Harvey’s Mon. Jan. 25 (10am)
July 17 Los Angeles, CA Hollywood Bowl Mon. Jan. 25 (10am)
July 21 Seattle, WA Key Arena Mon. Feb. 1 (10am)
July 23 Calgary, AB Scotiabank Saddledome Mon. Jan. 25 (10am)
July 24 Edmonton, AB Rexall Place Mon. Jan. 25 (10am)
For complete tour and ticketing information, visit: www.livenation.com