The man who would be Sting: He's handsome. He's talented. He's rich. Perhaps it's no wonder so many people love to hate him. Is it time to think again? Because I asked him to, Sting is talking me through his jewellery. The wide silver cuff on his right wrist was a gift from a yogi. It features an inscription in Sanskrit: "I bow to thee Lord Shiva" - Shiva being the deity of yoga. The thinner bracelet on his left wrist was given to him on a recent trip to Tibet. "Actually I was in a part of Nepal," he clarifies, "so politically it wasn't Tibet, but culturally it was..."
Sting talks about his career, his music and his life: After 25 years of touring in the States, Sting is getting ready to hit the stage again. We visited a New York studio earlier this week where Sting is rehearsing for his world tour to support his 11th solo album called 'Sacred Love'...
10.01.03USA TODAY
One is a household name with 16 Grammy Awards and a string of hit songs stretching back 25 years. The other is a rising star whose second CD has sold more copies than any album in the country over the past two weeks. You wouldn't guess that Sting and John Mayer belong to an endangered species: the male singer/songwriter as pop star...
Back on the beat - The barbed temper that earned him his nickname might have softened over the years, but this ex-Police man still has a fierce drive to succeed. A year ago, as Sting was preparing to perform at a charity party in Cannes, Bono introduced him. "He is one of the most talented singers and songwriters in the world," said the U2 frontrnan. "He plays a mean bass guitar. He's good-looking. He's fit. He has a beautiful wife. But God is fair... and he has no penis!" The celebrity audience roared...
So very pleased with every breath he takes: "I feel like Ilie Nastase returning to Wimbledon," says Sting as he drops his strides. He is changing outfits between songs for a Top of the Pops appearance while reflecting how, at 51, he is most certainly a senior on the pop tour. But unlike Nastase, Sting is still making winners. After 25 years in the music business, he is still the world's bestselling solo performer. He looks infuriatingly fit in the altogether: tanned, muscular and surprisingly hairy...
Esteem driven: On a blazing hot day in June, I sipped freshly made lemonade with Sting in his garden. Well, one of Sting's gardens. At the last count, Sting owned seven properties: a mansion with 800 acres in Wiltshire, 600 acres in Tuscany, a $6 million Malibu beach house, a New York apartment, a house in the Lake District and a couple of places in London - an apartment on the Mall and a grand 18th-century terrace house in Highgate whose elegant, acre-long garden backs on to Hampstead Heath. It was to the latter we retired to take our lemonade, after a superb lunch on the patio prepared by Sting's chef and discreetly served by a formally attired butler...
09.09.03PARADE
Early in his career, Sting lived the life of a rock rebel. Now, the former front man of The Police reflects on what matter most to him. Early in his career, Sting lived the life of a rock rebel. Now, the former front man of The Police reflects on what matter most to him...
04.09.03GUITAR WORLD
Don't stand so close to me. In 1983 The Police were the biggest band in the Rock Universe. This is how their world exploded. "Alright, damn it, it's over!" Miles Copeland, the manager for The Police, slams the flat of his palms squarely onto Sting's dining room table. He fixes the bassist with the rigid "insect death stare" that has rattled hundreds of promoters, journalists and other unfortunates. "I mean The Police," Miles blurts. "They're over and done with!" Sting glances up, startled, and then quickly regains his composure. Christ, he thinks, this is serious. For three years now, ever since the group's 1983 'Synchronicity' world tour, Miles has been insisting that the image of the Police as a living, viable entity be preserved at all costs. He has argued that the mystique of the Police is an important mantle that can protect all their interests and maintain the band's sales potential, regardless of the group's internal squabbles...
03.12.03BILLBOARD
A portrait of an artist: For a man who says that his ambition was "simply to make money playing music," Sting has succeeded far beyond his wildest dreams. Between his career with the Police and as a solo artist, he has sold a combined 100 million albums and singles, according to A&M, his label. The number is a bit too large for him to get his head around, he admits, but it sounds about right. Today, his career and his lifestyle are something most people can only dream about: eight homes scattered throughout the world, tens of thousands of fans that scream his name in concert and membership in that elite group of artists known simply by one name...
12.01.02MIX
Old and New Technologies Highlight Sting's Latest Release: From his early days with the Police to his enormously successful solo career, Sting has always been personified as an artist who takes a different approach. And this attitude is woven through his music, which combines textures of rock, jazz, blues and world genres, as well as breaking new ground in terms of recording technology...
08.09.02THE OBSERVER
Truly Trudie: She makes movies, fights for the rainforest and has the world's best contacts book. So why is Trudie Styler still best known for marathon sex sessions with husband Sting? She was the only blonde in a club full of dark hair and dark eyes, and she became King Faisal's favourite. She would hover over his table all night, waiting to change the ashtray. Each time she did, the King of Saudi Arabia would give her a £50 note. In 1979, London was full of high-rolling Arabs flush with oil money, and the Xenon Club on Piccadilly was where they went to spend it. She enjoyed working there; it was fun. And, as an out-of-work actress with a mortgage to pay, she needed the money. She compered the floorshow: the bands, bellydancers and the special guests - singers flown in specially to perform. She presented everything in Arabic. She had to learn it all phonetically, by rote...
06.04.02BALANCE
Time was when Gordon Matthew Sumner, Britain's legendary rock and roll entertainer universally known as Sting, enjoyed portraying himself as a macho type player on the world stage, of what was then pop's multi-faceted musical styles with names like New Wave, Acid, Grunge and Punk rock...
Sting - fame and fortune: It is Thursday, 31 January in New Orleans, one of those sultry days you get in Louisiana even in winter. And the city is filling up with American football fans, here for Sunday's Super Bowl, the sports showpiece event, this year to he contested between the New England Patriots and the St Louis Rams...
01.11.02SAGA
Maturity, says Sting, is a "dirty word" in pop music. "It shouldn't be. I think that my music becomes better and more sparse as I grow more mature. I also think it's important to recognise that a significant part of music is the space between the sounds. What you leave out can be almost as important as what you put in. 'Nothing' can almost be a perfect music; near 'silence' can sound great...
01.09.02AOL WEBCHAT
Sting took part in a web-chat with fans on the AOL UK network on 21 January 2002. Here is the full transcript of the chat...
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