Yeah, this is really old news, but I was on a role, and figured I'd get it up here and be done with it. February 20th, Justine and I went to see Paul Simon and Sting at Rogers Arena. While neither of us are really huge fans, it seemed like one of those shows that you really needed to see. What were the chances (a) that they would ever tour together again (b) that you would get to see either of them individually in Vancouver. OK (b) is probably somewhat likely, for Sting anyway, but what take the chance?
The show itself was amazing - better than I could have imagined. I originally thought that Sting would be the bigger draw of the two, but the crowd was definitely more up for Paul Simon. He, and his songs got the biggest ovations of the night. They did a really interesting mix of music - each of the two headliners did their own stuff, some of the music from their former bands, and then an interesting mix of each other music.
It really was a great show, and I was very pleased that all my favourite Simon and Garfunkel songs got played, by one or the other of the two. The most interesting thing about the show is that the standout performer wasn't one of the two headliners. There was this crazy dude in a yellow jacket in the middle of the stage that must have played a dozen different instruments. And not just different types of guitars or something. He played guitars and bass, he played strings; he played sax and even keyboards. I've never seen anything like it. At one point he was playing a guitar or bass, and had this huge alto sax on a stand, and was playing it and the guitar at the same time. It was an unreal performance.