Sting and Peter Gabriel share stage often at tour opener

Peter Gabriel and Sting are touring together this summer.

Peter Gabriel and Sting are touring together this summer.


Sting and Peter Gabriel aren’t just touring together this summer, but are presenting a truly collaborative show, it became clear on Tuesday, when their Rock Paper Scissors Tour began at the Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio. The show included one long set, with the two stars sharing the same backing band (featuring, among others, original E Street keyboardist David Sancious), and many duets. They even sang each other’s songs: Sting took the lead on “Shock the Monkey,” and Gabriel did so on “If You Love Somebody Set Them Free.”

The tour comes to the BB&T Pavilion in Camden, June 26 at 8 p.m., as well as the Nikon at Jones Beach Theater in Wantagh, N.Y., June 24; Madison Square Garden in Manhattan, June 27; and the Amphitheater at Coney Island Boardwalk, July 3.

Here is the opening night setlist, according to, with duets and numbers on which one artist sang the other’s song noted.

“The Rhythm of the Heat”
“If I Ever Lose My Faith in You”
“No Self Control” (duet)
“Invisible Sun”
“Games Without Frontiers” (duet)
“Shock the Monkey” (Sting lead vocals)
“Secret World”
“Driven to Tears”
“Red Rain”
“Dancing With the Moonlit Knight” (Sting lead vocals)/“Message in a Bottle”
“Walking in Your Footsteps”/“Kiss That Frog” (Sting lead vocals)
“Don’t Give Up”
“The Hounds of Winter”
“Big Time”
“Englishman in New York” (duet)
“Solsbury Hill” (duet)
“Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic”
“If You Love Somebody Set Them Free” (Gabriel lead vocals)
“Roxanne”/“Ain’t No Sunshine”
New Gabriel song
“Desert Rose”
“In Your Eyes”

“Every Breath You Take” (duet)
“Sledgehammer” (duet)

Here is a video of “Games Without Frontier,” from Columbus:

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