Name: Erika Abbatt (Argentine Tango teacher/dancer)
Location: Montes de Malaga, Andalucia, Spain.
Been a fan since: 1978.
Favourite Sting song: 'Shape of my Heart'.
Favourite Police song: 'Bring on the Night'.
Favourite Sting album: 'Mercury Falling' / 'Brand New Day'.
Favourite Police album: 'Reggatta de Blanc'.
Most memorable concert: The Last Ship benefit concert in Gateshead.
Other favourite bands: Santana, Queen, Jazz and Argentine tango.
In your own words: I have been a Police and Sting fan since 1978 at the age of 11. I was finally allowed to go and see The Police live at the Queens Hall in Leeds in December 1982 and that was the first time I saw Sting in person as he walked past the queue in which we were camped out in the ice and cold. There began a lifetime of following his music and going to concerts in different countries. My other passion in life is dancing Argentine tango and when I saw the Symphonicities tour in Madrid, there was a local Argentine tango dancer, dancing onstage to 'When we Dance'. I was green with envy as you can imagine! I finally got the opportunity for a ‘meet and greet’ with Sting on the 24 April in Gateshead at the Last Ship benefit concert. He was a real gent. The concert was fantastic and obviously meeting him makes this my most memorable concert! I have just bought all the sheet music to The Last Ship and will be practising on my piano and sax until July when I have tickets for Cordoba.
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.