Rock gods Sting and Peter Gabriel are a perfect marriage and can still rock the roof off a venue, evidenced by their "Rock Paper Scissors" show, which hit the United Center on Saturday night.
The show started like the set of a horror movie in a sea of shadows and red lights cascading the stage and audience like the darkness of the night for Peter Gabriel’s “The Rhythm of the Heat.”
Minutes following, entering stage left rocking his bass guitar was the man who’s real name is merely non-existent and simply known as Sting.
The two legendary powerhouses then joined forces on “Digging In The Dirt,” “Invisible Sun” and an awe-inspiring rendition of “Shock the Monkey.”
Sting and Gabriel complemented each other the entire night, keeping audience members on their feet after playing cut after cut of thriving hits that have spanned and stayed relevant for nearly five decades. The three-hour performance found the icons bouncing back and forth, and even collaborating on some of their classics.
Gabriel, the leader of Genesis, in the early '70s, when some will argue were the band’s best years, later went solo and produced rock anthems like “Sledgehammer.”
Sting’s trek is very similar in retrospect. Starting with The Police, later seeming to outgrow his cohorts as he dove headfirst into an inspiring solo career that has produced some of the most thought-provoking lyrical showcases with hits like “Englishman in New York” and “If You Love Somebody Set Them Free.”
Gabriel joked about the incredible physical shape Sting is in, telling the audience that he has been on the yoga mat as well, but “never realized I had to move on it.”
The night was never full of surprises, just soulful euphoria of two of the industry’s greatest ambassadors. The collaboration seemed as smooth as the creation of a top super group and songs like “Driven to Tears” and “Red Rain” almost left you forgetting which hits were whose.
Leading up to the explosive encore were the fascinating “Desert Rose” and “In Your Eyes.” After leaving the stage briefly, the two rejoined for a finale of each artist’s most recognizable and ginormous hits “Every Breath You Take” and “Sledgehammer.”