Name: Anja Suontausta
Location: Tampere, Finland.
Been a fan since: Since 90's, but more and more since 2010.
Favourite Sting song: Many, but most touching is 'Why Should I Cry For You?'
Favourite Police song: Many, 'Wrapped Around Your Finger', 'Tea In The Sahara'.
Favourite Sting album: 'The Soul Cages'.
Favourite Police album: This is a more difficult question: All of them! 'Zenyatta Mondatta'?
Most memorable concert: In Gothenburg, because I had my first "first row centre seat” and was so excited, but last three concerts in Sage Gateshead are very touching also in personal level, to see him in his hometown and to meet him for the first time (but hopefully not the last time!). Meeting him was so strong an experience emotionally that I could not say anything about the feelings that were inside me.
Other favourite bands: Bruce Springsteen, U2, Annie Lennox, Eva Dahlgren, Beatles, some Finnish artists like Pauli Hanhiniemi etc.
In your own words: Sting and his music has given me a whole new dimension to my world and life. It makes me always happy and comforts me when I am sad. He gives me so much inspiration. I am also very happy to have had so many new friends via Labyrinth and Sting fan club, and the Tyne tour in Newcastle was so great ”in footsteps of Sting”. I have hoped there could be a fan club trip to il Palagio, if Sting could give us a concert there like he did 2001, that would be a dream come true… I am sad that I did not ever see The Police together live, so it would be another future hope, even though I believe that it will never again happen.
Over the years the Fan Club has held several exclusive events and amazing opportunities for its members. Below are just some of the highlights...
Twenty Fan Club members and their guests were invited to attend the opening night performance of "The Last Ship" at the Neil Simon Theatre on Broadway in October 2014.
Well over a hundred Fan Club members were invited to attend a special "birthday" performance of The Last Ship material at New York's Public Theater on 2 October 2013.
Fan Club members were invited to attend some development performances of "The Last Ship" at the Live Theatre in Newcastle in February 2012.
Fan Club members were invited to a dress rehearsal concert ahead of Sting's European Symphonicity
Tour at the Apollo Theatre in New York in April 2011.
Fan Club members attended the filming of Sting's 'If On A Winter's Night...' DVD at Durham Cathedral in September 2009.
Sting and The Police Fan Club members attended a recording of Spectacle: Elvis Costello with The Police recorded at the Apollo Theatre in New York in August 2008.
Sting and The Police Fan Club members attended a special dress rehearsal concert ahead of the opening night of The Police's world breaking Reunion Tour at GM Place in Vancouver in May 2007.
Fan Club members attended a special dress rehearsal concert ahead of the recording of Sting's 'The Journey & The Labyrinth' DVD at LSO St Lukes in London in October 2006.
Sting invited Fan Club members to attend an exclusive club show on the Broken Music tour at Irving Plaza in New York in May 2005.
Fan Club members attended a dress rehearsal concert ahead of the opening night of the Broken Music tour at the Roxy Club in Los Angeles in March 2005.
In January 2004, fan club members attended a dress rehearsal concert ahead of the opening night of the Sacred Love tour at the James L Knight Centre in Miami.
In September 2003, Sting invited Fan Club members to an exclusive concert at the Olympia in Paris, where he previewed songs off his 'Sacred Love' album.
In September 2001, Fan Club members were invited to Sting's home near Florence to attend the recording/filming of the '...All This Time' CD and DVD.