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February 13, 2014 at 5:09 PM

Paul Simon and Sting ‘On Stage Together’ and singing, too | Concert preview

(kevin Mazur / Wire Image)

(Kevin Mazur / Wire Image)

So what’s this newfound Paul Simon/Sting bromance all about? The former Policeman certainly doesn’t look like an Art Garfunkel surrogate.

Well, consider this. Simon may have a decade on Sting in years, but they share a talent for writing incisive lyrics, incorporating world rhythms into their music — Simon, South African and Latin; Sting, Jamaican and jazz — and singing with emotional precision in the upper reaches of their voices.

Though the coy title of the tour, “On Stage Together,” reveals nothing about the extent of their collaboration, reports from the road say that fully a third of the program consists of duets with a band that mixes the road musicians of both men. Prepare to hear guy harmonies on “Bridge Over Troubled Water,” “Every Breath You Take” and “Boy in the Bubble,” as well as performances by Simon of “50 Ways to Leave Your Lover” and Sting of “Roxanne.”

Could be a real thing.

Paul Simon and Sting “On Stage Together”

8 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 19, at KeyArena, 305 Harrison St., Seattle; $40-$250 (800-745-3000 or www.ticketmaster.com).

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