Guest Review |Sting & Paul Simon – On Stage Together at The O2 Arena

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A guest review by Graham Balmforth

With 20 sets of fingers, horns and 2 throats, a 63 & 73 year old……yes 73year old!…..stepped into a full house at the O2 Arena to see if their mature years could still bring a sense of cool, and rock a few eagerly awaiting fans into the isles.

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The isles separating our wonderful SuperBreak Concert Break seats were full of anticipation.

Sting, as trim as a rampant gazelle in its prime, is bearded and would not look out of place in the nearby Shoreditch streets. Simon, smaller more portly, but moving with a mature grace, open together with a Sting number. And thereafter go solo, and duet – swapping centre stage as each one takes a short rest in the green room.

Each the master of his craft, has a band with some of the world’s finest musicians. They jam, inter-mix and come together when they bang out tunes such as The Boxer, Every Breath You Take, Cecila.

A goose-pimple moment wass secured when Simon, centre stage, announced the next song, on his own with his acoustic guitar….”I’m gonna sing this right now, as I might not get to do it for you ever again” – queue Sound of Silence.

The gig is brought to an end with….yes you’ve guessed it, “Bridge Over Troubled Water”, and by this time this musical duo could sing Knees up Mother Brown and get away with it. But although good, the angelic vocal chords of a certain Mr. Garfunkel are missing here.

So after nearly 3 hour’s non-stop musicality, the cool vibe was confirmed, and yes….”You don’t have to put on the red light”……as the lights were bright and the isles were full of happy dancing people.