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Neighbors and friends Sting and Paul Simon gearing up to blend voices on tour

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FILE - In this Nov. 10, 2013 file photo, British singer Sting smiles during the Italian State RAI TV program

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FILE - In this Nov. 10, 2013 file photo, British singer Sting smiles during the Italian State RAI TV program "Che Tempo che Fa", in Milan, Italy. Sting and Paul Simon are rehearsing for their upcoming tour, a couple of longtime friends and neighbors preparing to take turns singing some of each other's biggest hits. "He's the master," Sting said Monday, Jan. 20, 2014, by satellite from New York. "If I ever wanted to emulate a literary and literate songwriter, then Paul Simon would be the person I would go to." (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni, file)

PASADENA, Calif. - Sting and Paul Simon are rehearsing for their upcoming tour, a couple of longtime friends and neighbours preparing to take turns singing some of each other's biggest hits.

It was Simon's idea for the tour, hatched when he came downstairs in their New York apartment building to ask if Sting would be interested. Of course, Sting told him, having first heard Simon & Garfunkel when he was a 15-year-old in England.

Sting says they're starting the process of selecting the set list for the tour, which opens Feb. 8 in Houston. He says Simon has asked him to sing "Bridge Over Troubled Water," while Simon is eager to sing Sting's songs "Fields of Gold" and "Fragile."

They first sang together at a charity benefit in New York last year, and Sting says he was surprised by how well their voices blended.

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