11.05.12 Sting 'not nostalgic' as world tour hits final stretch...
Sting may be celebrating 25 years in music, but the one-time "Police" frontman hates to look back, he told AFP on the final stretch of a year-long tour that wraps up in Asia in December.
"I'm not a very nostalgic person. It's just not in my nature," the singer said in an email interview, before arriving in France this week for the latest leg in the "Back to Bass" tour, launched in 2011.
Once the tour is over - the last programmed date is in Jakarta on December 15, final stop after half a dozen Asian gigs - Sting intends to move on.
"After this tour, I'm switching gears a bit and will continue work on the play I'm writing," said the singer, born Gordon Sumner, who just turned 61.
Based in his native city of Newcastle in northern England, and entitled "The Last Ship", the musical work tells the story of shipyard workers who decide to build their own vessel.
"We're in the very early stages, but I've found myself very inspired. I've written a lot of new songs for the project. It's completely uncharted territory for me and it's quite exciting."
These last few years, Sting had shot away from The Police's 1980s repertoire, with the 2006 "Songs of the Labyrinth" featuring an Elizabethan lute, and the 2009 "If On A Winter's Night" inspired by the chilly mornings of his childhood.
"Throughout the process of compiling material for the (25 Years) box set, I was sort of forced to look back, when my instinct is always to move forward."
Even in Police classics like "Englishman in New York," "Message in a Bottle" or "Roxanne" - "which I've probably sung thousands of times" - Sting said there was "always something new to be found."
"It is my job to sing these songs every night with the passion and same sense of discovery as when I wrote them."
© 2012 AFP
In an effort to alleviate some of the suffering caused by Hurricane Sandy's devastation earlier this week, NBC Universal hosted a live benefit concert, "Hurricane Sandy: Coming Together," on Friday (November 2). Proceeds from the hour-long telethon, which featured a slew of charitably-minded A-list celebrities who donated their time and voices to the cause, will go to the American Red Cross. Hosted by "Today" show's Matt Lauer, the commercial-free affair included heartfelt performances from East Coast natives Christina Aguilera, Bruce Springsteen, Billy Joel, Mary J Blige and Jon Bon Jovi (who rushed home from London to be there)...
On Friday, November 2, NBC-Universal will broadcast a one-hour telethon and concert for Hurricane Sandy relief efforts. The telethon, "Hurricane Sandy: Coming Together," will be live-streamed on NBC.com
and will broadcast at 8PM Eastern and on a tape delay for the West Coast of the US. Sting, Bruce Springsteen, Jon Bon Jovi, Billy Joel, Jimmy Fallon, and Christina Aguilera are all scheduled to appear at Rockefeller Center in New York City for the benefit. NBC's Matt Lauer will serve as host, with the telecast airing on NBC and its cable stations including Bravo, CNBC, USA, MSNBC and E!. Money raised will benefit the American Red Cross, which is providing food, shelter and other support to those affected by the hurricane. To donate, please visit RedCross.org/
or call 1-800-RED-CROSS, or text the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation...
Please use this listing as a guide only for timings and check your LOCAL TV listings to avoid disappointment. These listings do not pretend to be complete, so if you hear of any TV or Radio shows being broadcast in your country that are not mentioned here be sure to let us know. Please note that US times given are ET unless stated otherwise. If you have any information about an upcoming show, even if it is in your own language, please email details to us at at daveandwendy@ sting.com so we can include it here...
As previously announced, Sting's Back to Bass concert previously scheduled at the Mall of Asia Arena has been moved to Araneta Coliseum. There is no change to the show date, which remains Sunday, December 9th, 2012. If you have a ticket to the previous venue, please see exchange instructions below. Refunds if necessary are available at point of purchase, as outlined below. For fans interested in purchasing tickets to Sting's concert at the Araneta Coliseum, those will go on sale beginning October 31st for General Admission and on November 10th for all reserved and VIP seating. For further information regarding ticket exchange read on...
We are pleased to announce that Rosey Chan – a pianist, composer and performance artist – will perform as the supporting act at Sting’s concert on December 2 at the Hong Kong Convention Center and Exhibition Centre, Hall 5BC in Hong Kong, China as part of his Back to Bass tour. Classically trained at the Royal College of Music in London, Rosey Chan's performances at internationally-renowned venues such as the Royal Albert Hall, Royal Festival Hall, Wigmore Hall, Carnegie Hall, the Pompidou Centre and London's 100 Club, cemented her reputation as one of the most innovative performers of her generation. Her first solo album, One, was produced by Sting and features a diverse display of influences from Bach to Bill Evans via Chopin and John Cage...