On paper, Paul Simon and Sting look like this season's musical odd couple. After all, Simon's music from the '70s was part of the mainstream that Sting and the punk and new wave revolutions sought to overthrow.
But on their "On Stage Together" tour, which stops at Madison Square Garden Tuesday and Thursday, Simon and Sting plan to show how they can make beautiful music together in a format similar to Billy Joel and Elton John's "Face to Face" tours, playing their hits together and separately.
WHO Paul Simon and Sting
WHEN | WHERE 8 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday, Madison Square Garden.
INFO $50-$255; 800-745- 3000, ticketmaster.com.
TALE OF THE TAPE: HOW THEY STACK UP
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WIFE Singer Edie Brickell
LEADER OF ROCK AND ROLL GROUP Simon and Garfunkel
BIGGEST BAND HIT "Bridge Over Troubled Water" (No. 1, 6 weeks, 1970)
WENT SOLO IN 1985 FOR . . . "Paul Simon" album
BIGGEST SOLO HIT "50 Ways to Leave Your Lover" (No. 1, 3 weeks, 1976)
WORLD BEAT INFLUENCE Inspired by South African pop, Simon traveled to Johannesburg to work on his 1986 album, "Graceland."
BROADWAY EXPERIENCE "The Capeman," his musical about Latino gang member-turned-poet Salvador Agron, opened on Broadway in 1998.
MOVIE EXPERIENCE "Annie Hall," "One Trick Pony"
HIS PLANS Appearing at the 75th anniversary of the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown in August.
WIFE Actress-producer Trudie Styler
LEADER OF ROCK AND ROLL GROUP The Police
BIGGEST BAND HIT "Every Breath You Take" (No. 1, 8 weeks, 1983)
WENT SOLO IN 1985 FOR . . . "The Dream of the Blue Turtles"
BIGGEST SOLO HIT "If You Love Somebody Set Them Free" (No. 3, 1985)
WORLD BEAT INFLUENCE Reggae was such an important part of The Police's sound that they named their second album "Reggatta de Blanc," or "white reggae."
BROADWAY EXPERIENCE His musical about his hometown, "The Last Ship," will open in Chicago in June and head to Broadway this fall.
MOVIE EXPERIENCE "Quadrophenia," "Dune"
HIS PLANS Working on "The Last Ship," as well as the 25th anniversary concert for The Rainforest Fund at Carnegie Hall on Apr. 17.