03.17.00TRENDS & FUN
Sting - Between exhaustion and euphoria: Again a world super star is to perform in Goettingen: on Feb.5 Sting will stop for a gig of his 'Brand New Day' tour in the Lokhalle [editor's note: cancelled and rescheduled for April 9]. On his current CD Sting proves again his musical versatility. In this trends&fun interview the ex-Police-man talks about the cult band's split, his perspectives as a solo artist and about his personal millennium song...
03.17.00THE TIMES
More than the Sumner of his rock'n'roll past - All grown-up: At 48, Sting finds that being an adult is more important than being a pop star. Sting has left the rock'n'roll sandpit to become a joined-up songwriter. These days Sting doesn't sound much like a rock'n'roller. Words such as discipline and responsibility litter his conversation. "I know I sound like an old fart," he laughs with a refreshing lack of self-consciousness. "But if my lifestyle doesn't tie in with being elegantly wasted and not giving a f***, then that's too bad..."
Ireland was a real inspiration to me, it helped my music: When Sting steps out on stage in front of a 10,000 sell-out gig at The Point in Dublin tonight, he'll be feeling right at home. For he lived here during what he regards as one of the most "inspirational" periods of his life. And he admitted: "It is great to be back again. "I played here several times in the past both with The Police and also when I went solo so Ireland is always up there with my favourite places. In fact, I lived in the west of Ireland for a while in the late Seventies and it was a real inspiration to me - and also I would like to think it has helped my music..."
03.01.00BASS PLAYER
Sting - Bring On The Note: Ask anyone who Sting is, and the most likely answer will be, "He's a singer." Few non-musicians understand that Sting's talents as a bassist and his influence on pop bass are as important as his singer/songwriter gifts, if not more so. In fact, most people know more about his legendary tales of sexual prowess than his knack for a tasty groove. Sure, Sting's bass lines are more subdued now than in his days as an angry young quasi-punk with the Police - but he can still pump out a mean bottom, as he does all over his latest release, 'Brand New Day'...
02.17.00DIE WELT
The angst is always with you: Big halls don't force Sting to play heavy metal. In Hamburg, he counts on the might of the subtle. Although "Der Stachel" (the German word for Sting) stings less than he did in the blessed days of Police, the Englishman with a temporary apartment in New York does not care much about it. Sting's songs have a relieving difference in their quality compared to Mainstream-Pop. As part of his world tour, Sting stops in Hamburg today (Sporthalle, 8 pm). Tom Fuchs and Manfred Müller talked to the musician before the concert...
Ambitious? Whatever for? A father and a musician: Sting comes to the Velodrom today, with songs from his new album 'Brand New Day' and with the hits from his long career. The career of Matthew Gordon Sumner, better known as Sting, began a quarter of a century ago. As a member of The Police in the late 1970's, the Englishman belonged to the so-called "New Wave" movement of influential musicians of the time. In 1984, at the height of the group's success, Sting disbanded The Police. His solo career started the following year. Since then he has sold well over 80 million records. Last fall Sting released the album 'Brand New Day'. Today he is coming to the Velodrom...
A life in the day of Sting... I'm usually out of bed by about 6.30. My Dad was a milkman, so early mornings have never been a problem. First stop is the steam room, it's better than a bath or a shower. I don't like soaps and I don't use anything like shampoo or deodorant. I have a wash but I hate to smell like a product - I actually like my own smell. Then I clean my teeth, wipe my arse and get ready for a few hours of Yoga. I've been doing it for 10 years now, and I can do things with my body at 48 I couldn't do when I was 20. I try to meditate at the end of each session. It sets me up for the day. You have to work at it though. You try sitting in the same position for five minutes, never mind 45!
Sting's Brand-New Tour: Corporate sponsorship for concert tours is nothing new. Everyone from Budweiser to Fruit of the Loom has gotten in on the act, so to speak. As sponsor for Sting's current 'Brand New Day' tour, Compaq Computers did more than simply foot the bill. The company also provided its own high speed computers and got involved in the tour's design process by working with Nick Sholem, Sting's longtime production/lighting designer, to put together the tour...
12.17.99AOL WEBCHAT
This is a full transcript is of a webchat that Sting did in December 1999 with AOL...
12.10.99SKY
"I think I am the edge" - Sting faces 50, and the millennium. From the moment The Police made their debut in 1978, it was clear that Sting wasn't about to go away. It wasn't so much that haughty, feline-faced image he projected, which was right there on the surface; rather, it was the aura of pensiveness and emotional conflict that operate in the margins, asking for closer scrutiny. This complicated man seemed poised for a career move that would take him well beyond the limits of pop rock...
12.01.99ICON
Why being one of the world's biggest pop stars can be fun and fulfilling, even though that label can be kind of silly and meaningless. And why there was no competition for groupies after Police shows. Sandy Sternshein sings Sting songs in the shower. He tells me this when asked which modern musician he thinks has the best voice. Sternshein, a 52-year-old dentist drives a Porsche and stays away from fatty foods, is a friend of my dad's. My dad's in real estate, lives in suburban Boston and says his favourite Sting song is Roxanne, but when he sings it, he's actually imitating Eddie Murphy singing it in '48 Hrs'. Sandy likes that movie too. Neither of them, however, like Puffy's version of 'Every Breath You Take'. They don't like the rap music very much...
Putting the music first; Sting: The lyrics came last on the prolific songwriter's newest offering, 'Brand New Day'. For the fans, Sting has always been a musician's musician, the kind of player whose confidence and ability seemed worlds away from the garage-band amateurism of many rock stars. It isn't just that the former Police-man is a multi-instrumentalist, handling not only bass and guitar but also keyboards and (for a while) saxophone; he's also a jack of all styles, being as well-versed in jazz and classical music as he is in rock...
11.14.99Q MAGAZINE
Sumner Holiday - Sometimes even Q needs a break. Usually this means a week in a prefab on Selsea Bill, but this year Signor Sting - Tuscan summer host to the Blairs, Madonna, Dustin Hoffman and Christy Turlington - put us up. The price? Losing at chess. "My house," he tells Adrian Deevoy. "I'll do what I want..."
New Day dawns for Sting - Sting's magical tour of Tuscany: Wandering the sunflower-filled pastures of Tuscany, Sting spent a summer searching for inspiration. The magical Italian province, which has influenced some of the world's greatest works of art, didn't fail him in his endeavours to summon the stories that would become his latest album, 'Brand New Day'...
11.01.99WORLD CAFE
We're here today with Sting at the Tower Theater in Philadelphia after his soundcheck. He's performing here tonight as part of the tour for his new album, 'Brand New Day'. Welcome Sting...
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