Sting to Headline NBA All-Star Game Halftime Show
Sting will make a stop at the NBA All-Star Game before hitting the road this summer with Peter Gabriel. The former Police frontman is scheduled to headline the contest’s halftime show on Feb. 14 at the Air Canada Center in Toronto.
His set will reportedly touch on a number of hits. Cirque du Soleil will also perform during player introductions, offering a routine that aims to highlight “the story of a basketball dream.” The All-Star Game tips at 8:30PM ET on TNT.
Sting’s 2016 dates with Gabriel follow a highly collaborative pairing with Paul Simon over 19 stops in 2014. These new shows, called the Rock Paper Scissor Tour, begin on June 21 at the Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio., and conclude on July 24 in Edmonton, Canada.
“The interesting thing for me is what happens to our songs when they are juxtaposed with each other’s songs,” Sting said of the tour. “What I do will change what he does and vice-versa. The songs we trade and the songs that we sing together will have an unexpected result, we hope.”
All-Star Game weekend festivities also include the annual All-Star Celebrity game, which pits Team USA (coached by four-time Celebrity Game MVP and comedian Kevin Hart) against Team Canada (coached by hip-hop star Drake). The latter team includes Arcade Fire‘s Win Butler. Pop star Ariana Grande headlined the NBA All-Star Game halftime show last year.
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