09.08.99MUSIC UP!
Sting: The reason for happiness: We went out of the studio where Sting is mixing the tracks from the new album. He lets us listen to, in his words, three 'naked' songs. 'Brand New Day', with Stevie Wonder on the harmonica, 'A Thousand Years' and 'Desert Rose', a duet with Cheb Mami...
09.01.99ESQUIRE
Can we forgive Sting? Sting has invited me to listen to some new songs he's recording in New York for his next album, Brand New Day. We're at the studio, Right Track. He pulls out a cassette and makes the usual excuses: rough mixes, unfinished tracks, just a dub. He paces while I listen. He looks like Sgt. Fury today, all in khaki: baggy army pants, tight olive T-shirt, tan lace-up boots, scraggy beard, superhero shoulders. He reads the paper and puts it down. He walks in and out of the room. He eats some pasta and salad. He stands on his head. Sting can stand on his head a long, long time. He does not need to lean against a wall to do it...
Sting's global superstardom ha brought him many benefits; his fortune (£85 million); his friends (Madonna, the Stones); his property (in London, Wiltshire, Manhattan and Malibu Beach). But the one thing he was lacking was peace of mind. Now he has found it in a 600-acre estate in Tuscany where, with his family around him, he has found the inspiration for his new album...
09.01.99BILLBOARD
Paris - As if in a dream, cleansing showers come to a simmering city, a June cloudburst sending young lovers scurrying for cover, while in doorways of cafes lining the avenues radiating from the Arc de Triomphe, apron-wearing waiters frown at the petulant French sky as they probably have for centuries. But "after the rain has fallen" - to quote a song from 'Brand New Day' (A&M Records, due Sept. 28), Sting's excellent seventh solo album - a visitor sees it has dampened "nothing that love can't replace in the blink of an eye..."
Sting's 'Brand New Day' tour first in high-tech sponsorship: Sting's upcoming 15-month 'Brand New Day' tour will have a brand new type of presenting sponsor. Houston-based Compaq Computer Corp. will integrate its technology into every aspect of the tour, which kicks off in Las Vegas in October, but the main focus of its support will be the upkeep of a Web site dedicated to the tour...
03.17.99LA NACIÓN
The Other English Patient: I have been through one of my periods of dryness. It's my working form. I don't work all the time. I don't work over long periods in which nothing comes to my mind, and suddenly that process reverts and I start working desperately. Fortunately, in the last months I have become very creative. You have heard nothing, but I'm preparing a new album, that is going to be released in September. It is called 'The Lovers'. There will be twelve songs that are love stories as well, told from different angles, they are not necessary personal stories and that's part of the attractiveness for me...
It's Monday night and the weekend is but a faded stain on your singlet. You're bored with yourself and can't face cooking. Maybe you'll stay in with a takeaway and watch 'Big Train'. Or perhaps you could go out for a curry. With Sting. In India...
11.03.98THE TIMES
Trudie Styler - A passion for peace: "I've had years of celebrity life. When that starts to become repetitive, you look for something deeper." It would be easy to mock Trudie Styler fretting over the children of Southwark as she sits curled on a tapestry sofa in her duplex overlooking Central Park West, one of the smartest addresses in Manhattan. Through the french doors, in the adjoining office, her own children are finishing half-term homework as her assistant staunches the permanent ring of the phone...
"A strip bar is the only place where you can get a quiet drink. Nobody's looking at you." What's happening here? Sting, the rain-forest savin', VH1-storytellin', 60-acre-estate-ownin', 46 year old former Policeman, has a newfound following of rap fans. It started with 'I'll Be Missing You', Sean "Puffy" Combs' remake of the Police's 'Every Breath You Take', which shot to No. 1 (notably, the last time Sting found himself in that spot was 14 years ago... for 'Every Breath You Take'). On 'The Very Best of Sting and the Police', a compendium of reasons why he and his band mates have sold more than 40 million records, Combs puffied up 'Roxanne', bringing in Pras from the Fugees to rap and threading bits from 'Roxanne, Roxanne' by U.T.F.O. (Check the video - Sting plays a sleazy rich guy who gets offed.) Sting! Six kids, four houses, 12 Grammys, 10 solo albums...
Breakfast is wheeled into Trudie Styler's Claridges suite under silver-bellied tureens, but all she can face is a softly boiled egg and a piece of dry toast. A two week mid-life honeymoon in India with her husband, Sting, has left her with a lot of conflicting impressions and a gippy tummy...
04.03.98Q MAGAZINE
Sting is standing in the sitting room of his glorious New York apartment, a big question furrowing his high and indeed mighty brow. How will he be remembered? For Roxanne's rallying squawk or the sublime bassline to 'Walking On The Moon'? For his endeavours to save the rain forests or his Red Indian mate with the CD tray in his lip? Perhaps it will be for the universal touch of 'Every Breath You Take' or his moving encounter with mortality on 'The Soul Cages'. But it won't be, will it? Because Sting will go down in history as the man who liked shagging. For ages...
04.03.98THE TIMES
Trudie Styler welcomed Rowan Joffe to her suite at the Dorchester wearing little more than a bathrobe and a matronly smile. "I'm about to be as nude as you were when I first met you," she told the painter as he arrived for their sitting. Styler was a drama student at the Bristol Old Vic theatre school when her friend Jane Lapotaire introduced her to her then baby son - Rowan. "He was about a year old, running around without any clothes on," Styler says...
12.02.97THE TIMES
Every breath he takes: Sting and I meet at London's Dorchester Hotel. He is without his wife, Trudie Styler, who is in Milan, supporting Donatella Versace at the unveiling of the first collection since her brother Gianni's death. And so he has come alone to be feted by the BMI, the body that monitors television and radio use throughout America. Did you know that 'Every Breath You Take' has now been played an official four million times there? That is 17 years and two months of airtime. No wonder Sting refers to his songs as his children...
12.01.97VOX
Bagels! We urgently need someone to go get Bagels for Puffy's dancers." The order comes through the crackle of the walkie talkie like a Muppet Show Kermit-in-control command. This, however, is no third-rate theatre show run by acid-crazed glove puppets. This is something far more surreal; backstage at the multi-national, satellite- beamed showbiz spectacular: the 1997 MTV Awards in New York...
10.02.97VOX
As rumours abound of the Police's reformation, we trace the band's history from the bleach-blond ambition of their new wave early days, to breaking America, to the internal rucks and, ultimately the split. The Police were smart enough to recognise, like U2 after them, that rock fans would be looking for new heroes after the storm of punk had blown over. Self confessed opportunists, with a ruthless manager behind them from the start, they latched on to punk's ripped coat-tails during their early years until surprise success in America helped ignite late recognition at home. In this respect, they were the Bush or Cranberries of their day, earning grudging respect at home only after significant US sales...
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