Sting & Paul Simon at Toyota Center, 2/8/2014

They're also big fans of American roots music. Sting offered up his version of a country song, "I Hung My Head," which came out as more of a nugget of Stax-y Memphis soul than anything honky-tonk, but wound up getting recorded by Johnny Cash nonetheless. Simon included the Southern gospel tune "Gone at Last" from 1975's 50 Ways to Leave Your Lover, and even the soul-searching, unforgiving title track from 1983's Hearts and Bones, which wound its way down a rockabilly-beat track to Elvis' "Mystery Train" and Chet Atkins' "Wheels."

Both men left plenty of hits on the table in favor of some pretty deep cuts -- Sting's "The Hounds of Winter" and "They Dance Alone," Simon reaching all the way back to 2011's So Beautiful or So What for the lovely "Dazzling Blue," but also "The Obvious Child" from Graceland's sort-of South American sequel, The Rhythm of the Saints.

This went on from approximately 8:20 to 10:55 p.m. Saturday night. If not every single one, surely you know most of these songs. Look at the set list below and imagine each one being caressed by the musicians almost like a lover, thoroughly savored by both the players and the audience. It was a special evening.

Personal Bias: I must have born about 15-25 years too late, because I was was way into both Simon & Garfunkel and the Police in high school. Clear Brook High School, class of '93; saw Sting's "Ten Summoner's Tales" tour at The Woodlands my senior year.

The Crowd: Seasoned. A little on the pale side. Couples galore.

Overheard In the Crowd: "It's obviously something God created."

Random Notebook Dump: This thing where people run into the aisles near the stage to take selfies...I don't know, man.

Brand New Day
The Boy In the Bubble
Fields of Gold
Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic
Englishman In New York
I Hung My Head
Driven to Tears
Love Is the Seventh Wave
Mother & Child Reunion
Crazy Love
Dazzling Blue
50 Ways to Leave Your Lover
Me & Julio Down By the Schoolyard
That Was Your Mother
Message In a Bottle
The Hounds of Winter
They Dance Alone
Desert Rose
The Boxer
The Obvious Child
Hearts and Bones
Mystery Train/Wheels
Gone at Last
Diamonds on the Soles of Her Shoes
You Can Call Me Al
Every Breath You Take
Late In the Evening
Bridge Over Troubled Water

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Toyota Center

1510 Polk, Houston, TX

Category: Music

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