Name: Petra Lac
Location: Vienna, Austria.
Been a fan since: 2009.
Favourite Sting song: I’ve been losing sleep over this question and can limit them to four at best: 'Fields Of Gold', 'Valparaiso', 'Until', 'Show Some Respect'.
Favourite Police song: 'Message In A Bottle' - the one song I would choose above all other music.
Favourite Sting album: 'The Last Ship'.
Favourite Police album: 'Reggatta de Blanc'.
Most memorable concert: Back To Bass Tour Vienna 2012 - I came with a heavy heart and left wanting to hug the world to my chest. 'Inside' was in the set and gave me back my strength after a nasty period of being unhappily in love. It was when I first experienced that one evening with Sting refills my tank for months. The 3 Last Ship concerts at the Sage Newcastle 2015 - a dream outdone by reality.
Other favourite bands: Genesis in all their line-ups, Incubus, Phil Collins, Udo Juergens.
In your own words: It was love at second sight. Sting’s first solo album is one year older than me. I grew up appreciating the music of The Police and Sting but it clicked only in the spring of 2009. Since then, I have tried to make up for the lost time as good as I can. Thank Youtube. Thank Sting that he is still active and touring and does not plan to retire any time soon. I am forever grateful that I joined in time to witness the release of Sting’s most personal and, to me, most beautiful album, “The Last Ship”. I follow an artist who is endless inspiration. I have found my music. Just push the button and someone articulates your thoughts, describes your emotions, portrays your soul - then sends you back to everyday life with more clarity, raised awareness, new curiosity. What a privilege! .
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.