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Sting and Paul Simon rehearsing for upcoming tour

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  • In this Sept. 22, 2011 file photo, 2011 Clinton Global Citizen Award recipient Sting performs at the Clinton Global Initiative awards dinner in New York. Sting is rehearsing for his upcoming tour with singer-songwriter Paul Simon.

      In this Sept. 22, 2011 file photo, 2011 Clinton Global Citizen Award recipient Sting performs at the Clinton Global Initiative awards dinner in New York. Sting is rehearsing for his upcoming tour with singer-songwriter Paul Simon.
    Associated Press

  • In this Oct. 2, 2010 file photo, singer Paul Simon appears on stage at Comedy Central's "Night Of Too Many Stars: An Overbooked Concert For Autism Education" at the Beacon Theatre in New York. Simon is set to launch a concert tour with Sting.

      In this Oct. 2, 2010 file photo, singer Paul Simon appears on stage at Comedy Central's "Night Of Too Many Stars: An Overbooked Concert For Autism Education" at the Beacon Theatre in New York. Simon is set to launch a concert tour with Sting.
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PASADENA, Calif. -- Sting and Paul Simon are rehearsing for their upcoming tour, a couple of longtime friends and neighbors preparing to take turns singing some of each other's biggest hits.

It was Simon's idea for the tour, hatched when he came downstairs in their New York apartment building to ask if Sting would be interested. Of course, Sting told him, having first heard Simon & Garfunkel when he was a 15-year-old in England.

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Sting says they're starting the process of selecting the set list for the tour, which opens Feb. 8 in Houston. He says Simon has asked him to sing "Bridge Over Troubled Water," while Simon is eager to sing Sting's songs "Fields of Gold" and "Fragile."

They first sang together at a charity benefit in New York last year, and Sting says he was surprised by how well their voices blended.

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