Sting and Peter Gabriel bring the hits to Harveys Lake Tahoe Summer Concert Series |

Sting and Peter Gabriel bring the hits to Harveys Lake Tahoe Summer Concert Series

Adam Jensen
Peter Gabriel and Sting play the South Shore Friday, July 15.
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If you go

What: Sting and Peter Gabriel

When: 7 p.m. Friday, July 15

Where: Lake Tahoe Outdoor Arena at Harveys

Tickets: $89.50 plus fees


Two true heavyweights of music will perform at Lake Tahoe’s South Shore this week.

Sting and Peter Gabriel bring their Rock Paper Scissors Tour to the Summer Concert Series at Harveys Outdoor Arena this Friday, July 15.

Gabriel co-founded the band Genesis and has released 11 solo studio albums during his career. He has been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame twice, once for his work with Genesis and once for his solo career. Sting, a founder of the Police, has earned 17 Grammy Awards and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of the Police in 2003.

The Rock Paper Scissors Tour kicked off June 21 in Columbus, Ohio, and Friday’s date at the Harveys Tahoe Outdoor Arena is among the last half dozen of the tour.

The pair’s shows have included plenty of collaboration between the icons and have featured nearly three-hour sets and stages filled with 14 musicians. Sting and Peter Gabriel have also been taking the lead on some of each others’ hits.

“I’m very happy that we’re taking the chance to experiment this way,” Sting said in a statement announcing the tour. “I think people will be intrigued; I certainly am.”

Front floor tickets for Friday’s show were still available Wednesday morning via for $255 plus fees. Tickets for the show were going for $145 plus fees on July 13.

Here is a look at some of the hits that have been among Sting’s and Gabriel’s selections for the tour:

Shock the Monkey

Peter Gabriel’s first Top 40 hit in the U.S., this funky new wave classic appeared on Gabriel’s fourth self-titled album, also known as “Security.” “Shock the Monkey” peaked at No. 29 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 and includes the lyric, “Darling, don’t you monkey with the monkey.”

Message in a Bottle

This 1979 song from the Police song comes from the group’s second studio album, “Reggatta de Blanc.” It topped out at No. 74 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 but has had plenty of life since. The song’s driving guitar riff landed it at No. 65 on Rolling Stone’s “100 Greatest Guitar Songs of All Time.”

Big Time

“Big Time,” from Gabriel’s 1986 album “So,” peaked at No. 8 on the Billboard Hot 100. Keeping with Gabriel’s theme as an innovator in the music video realm, the claymation-heavy treat for the song is among the best of the 1980s.

Every Little Thing She Does is Magic

A bubbling love song from the Police’s fourth album, “Ghost in the Machine,” this song reached No. 3 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 in 1981 and sounds just as exuberant 25 years later.


Immediately recognizable from the opening guitar chord, “Roxanne” was released in 1978 as part of the Police’s debut album, “Outlandos d’Amour.” The Grammy Awards inducted the song into its Hall of Fame in 2008 and Rolling Stone ranked “Roxanne” No. 388 on its list of the “500 Greatest Songs of All Time.”

In Your Eyes

From 1986’s “So,” this Peter Gabriel classic secured its place in pop-culture history when John Cusack’s Llloyd Dobler blasted it from a boombox to wake Ione Skye’s Diane Court in the 1989 Cameron Crowe film “Say Anything….” The scene has been parodied in everything from “South Park” to “The Daily Show” to “Saturday Night Live” to “Glee.”

Every Breath You Take

Less doting love song than creepy stalker anthem, “Every Breath You Take” is still among the Police’s most recognizable songs. Rolling Stone ranked it No. 84 on its list of “The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.” It was also No. 1 on Billboard’s Hot 100 year-end chart for 1983 and No. 5 for the decade.


This 1986 gem reached the top of the Billboard Hot 100 in 1986, but it is known as much for its groundbreaking music video as it is for its catchy hook. The song’s music video won nine MTV Awards and is the most played music video in the history of MTV, according to Time magazine. Rewatch it. It’s still great.

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