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Old friends Sting, Lennox hit the road

Veteran performers singing together during new tour
/ Source: The Associated Press

Sting and Annie Lennox have a lot in common: Grammy wins, world-renowned new wave bands, families, lucrative solo careers.

Yet in the 30-odd years that the veteran musicians have known each other, they have yet to share a stage — until now.

“People know they are going to get quality,” Sting told The Associated Press of his upcoming tour, which he will co-headline with Lennox. Sting is currently organizing his set list, which will include songs from his latest album, “Sacred Love,” as well old Police classics. He also confirmed that the pair will perform a song together.

Lennox will concentrate on material from her most recent album, “Bare.” But she will dig into the past and perform Eurythmics material.

Of all the things the singers have in common, their lists of “must-have” on-tour supplies are also in harmony — both are light packers. Lennox, who says she feels like a “witch doctor” when she packs her homeopathic remedies and “odd cures” to ward off illness, also brings along scented candles.

“When I go into a hotel, it’s not my room, so I always bring a scented candle or incense so it becomes more personal to me,” Lennox told AP. Lennox’s touring partner brings even less — “my suitcase, toothbrush, my guitars and a chess set.”

Does Sting always win?

“That depends on how much the crew and band want to keep their jobs,” he said, laughing.