September 24, 2011

Interview: the thing about Sting… is that he is arrogant, stubborn, hypocritical and pretentious. Or is he? The Observer's Elizabeth Day joins him to find out...

Interview: the thing about Sting… is that he is arrogant, stubborn, hypocritical and pretentious. Or is he? As he approaches his 60th birthday, Elizabeth Day joins him in France and discovers just how wrong you can be... Sting is sitting on a bar stool in a white T-shirt and grey camouflage-patterned combat trousers, playing a harmonica. In front of him, a 20-piece orchestra is half-way through a classical arrangement of one of his songs, producing a swelling crescendo of sound that fills the stage. Behind him rise the steep, stone-hewn seats of a Roman amphitheatre in Lyon where, later tonight, Sting will play to a packed crowd of French fans as part of his Symphonicity world tour...


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July 29, 2011

Eye Witness - Roger Puplett reports from Lyons...

July is the usual time most British folk escape the rain of our homeland for the more summery climates of our European neighbours. Well, since I joined this leg of the tour in Mannheim the rain has been following me! Normally this isn't a problem; tonight I'm in a beautiful Roman Amphitheatre in Lyon, open to the elements. Sting had a quizzical expression and meaning on his face singing out "it's a big enough umbrella..." lyric, on 'Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic' tonight's opener (and not 'Faith' as earlier in the tour) that I wondered whether he had been caught in the torrential downpour we had experienced walking to the venue?


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July 22, 2011

Sting, the magician of Fourvière...

The fans had been expecting him since 2006, when he last performed in the antic theatre. For his big return to Fourvière (Lyon, France) last Thursday for his big 'Symphonicity' concert, the English singer performed during over 2 hours a wonderfully reorchestrated show of his hits from his solo career as well as from the Police era in front of won over crowd of 4,500 people. All kept their fingers crossed. On the Facebook page of the Nuits de Fourvière(2), messages poured in all day: would the concert take place despite the forecasted rain? It had already played a bad joke on the singer in 2006, pouring continuously during the whole show...

July 17, 2011

El Sting más sinfónico llena el Festival de Cap Roig...

El cantante británico hizo un extenso repaso de su trayectoria musical, solo o con The Police. Deslumbró en Cap Roig. El músico británico Sting conquistó anoche a sus incondicionales con la revisión sinfónica de los temas más conocidos de su carrera musical. Embarcado en la gira mundial 'Symphonicity', el cantante - principal cabeza de cartel de este emblemático festival de la Costa Brava-,desplegó sobre el escenario, junto con la Orquestra Simfònica del Vallès, todo su carisma y personalidad frente a un público que inmediatamente le acompañó. No era para menos. Las entradas para ver al fundador y líder de The Police estaban agotadas desde hacía días y la expectación era máxima minutos antes del concierto...

July 13, 2011

Sting performs his first concert in Gran Canaria...

Sting performed his greatest hits with the Philarmonic and an enthusiastic audience who enjoyed a great concert sound. He mixed songs from the Police years with the most popular songs of his solo career. At last the dream was realised. After 10:00 pm, a half hour later than the appointed time, Sting started the concert in Gran Canaria Stadium that ended two decades of waiting. The chords of the Police song 'Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic' made the audience remember that they were in front of one of the great legends of british pop rock, the writer of songs known by millions...


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July 12, 2011

Sting and orchestra bring magic to Montreux jazz fest...

Sting performed Police and solo hits including 'Roxanne,' 'Every Breath You Take' and 'Englishman in New York' in orchestral arrangement, bringing a sell-out audience at Montreux Jazz Festival to its feet. The fit 59-year-old Briton and his 'Symphonicity' tour delivered an energetic two-hour show on Monday night on the famed stage of the annual prestigious Swiss summer event. 'I'm very happy to be here with the Bochum Symphony Orchestra,' Sting, speaking in French, told the crowd of 3,300 fans of all ages, some of whom paid more than $200 for a seat in Stravinski Auditorium...


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June 30, 2011

Vérprofi szenvedély...

Koncerttermet varázsolt egy arénából néhány óra erejéig Sting - a zenész, aki tavaly késő őszi fellépésére duplázott rá tegnap este, az akkorihoz hasonló, mégis egészen más koncertet adott Budapestre visszatérve. Több magyar mondat, kevesebb átkötő szöveg, egy helyi zenekar és egy karmesterhölgy: még címszavakban sem írhatjuk le ennyivel a bő két órás koncertet...

June 29, 2011

Sting performs with the Czech Symphony Orchestra in Bratislava...

Sting and Czech National Symphonic Orchestra seemed to know each other for ages during their Wednesday evening show in Bratislava which was a part of Sting's 'Symphonicity' tour. The Police hit 'Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic' from The Police's started the show at 8.15 pm and after following songs 'If I Ever Lose My Faith In You' and 'This Cowboy Song' it was clear that there is a real symbiosis between Sting and Czech Symphonic Orchestra although he played with a different Orchestra just two days ago...


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