07.12.10 Exclusive Sting podcast interview in The Independent newspaper...


The location is Sting's beachside house in Malibu the morning after the night before: another night, another venue - the Hollywood Bowl - another three-hour concert of his songs. That's concert with a capital "C" because this time Sting has brought along more than just a few of his favourite musicians to join him, he's brought along the 50-strong Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra, "the biggest band I've ever worked with". SYMPHONICITY is the name of the project - a world tour and an album - and in a wide-ranging conversation Sting talks to Edward Seckerson about the reimagining of many of his classic songs in orchestral terms. It is, he says, about finding a new set of clothes, a new context, a new angle, for some old favourites. His own musical tastes are impressively diverse and the musical cross-references (to say nothing of the personal revelations) come thick and fast in this exclusive audio. We get to hear how Copland (that's Aaron not Stewart) worked his way into 'I Hung My Head', how the "Englishman in New York", Quentin Crisp, struck a chord with Sting's "singular" nature, how the colliery band came to be writ so majestically large in "We Work the Black Seam", and how music director Rob Mathes made a punk band of the RPCO for that abrasive punk thrash 'Next to You'. SYMPHONICITY will be docking in a town near you sometime over the next six months. Here's the story of how it all happened and where it could lead... Listen to the Podcast.
After selling millions of albums, being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, writing an autobiography, releasing an album of lute music and even reuniting with his Police bandmates for an international tour, what else did Sting have to accomplish?
"I don't need everyone to love me," says Sting. "I really don't." The 58-year-old superstar is preparing to go on stage with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, augmented by his own four-piece band, to perform orchestral rearrangements of songs from his back catalogue.
In just under two weeks, 'Symphonicities', the highly-anticipated companion album to Sting's Symphonicity World Tour, will be released by Deutsche Grammophon. However, Sting fans in North America don't have to wait that long to hear what Sting has in store come July 13th.
Sting brings the orchestra to Cruzan, finds success, swoons... When a rock act brings in classical musicians to work with them in a live setting, it's a risk.
Sting is front and center at the Hollywood Bowl, belting out the familiar melody of 'Roxanne', The Police's 1978 ode to a prostitute. All of a sudden, a cello solo fills the air. Within a few elegant notes, the image of a common street hooker is upgraded to that of a high-priced call girl. Backed by a 45-piece symphony, Sting launches into 'Next to You', an early Police thrasher-punk gem. Several musicians stand up and rock out. Some actually head-bang while sawing enthusiastically on their violins...