September 02, 2006


There's something a little odd going on. Sting comes off stage after his Bergen concert, hits the hotel bar and opens a bottle of Chablis. And then he talks about 18th century keyboard music. I suppose I started it. There's a song of his I particularly like for its harmonic interest: 'Whenever I Say Your Name', a duet with the American R&B star Mary J Blige from his 2203 album 'Sacred Love'. So I ask him about it. "It's based entirely on Bach," he reveals, not without a little pride in his voice. "Look at the bass line and you'll see it's all him. It's one of his preludes - in C, I think..."
September 01, 2006

FOX 411

Sting loves to pick at strings. Everyone remembers him from Police videos playing his favorite instrument, the upright bass. It's the sound that gave the Police songs their timeless originality. But last year, Sting decided to try a new stringed instrument - the lute. You don't hear a lot of lutes on pop records. You hear mandolins, but no lutes. They are usually left to classical musicians with a lot of training. You know that wouldn't stop Sting. The result is a new album that drops next month, called 'Songs from the Labyrinth', for which Sting has used the songs of 16th century composer John Dowland for his foundation...
August 05, 2006


She's famous as an actor, a producer, an eco warrior, amother and, of course, as Mrs Sting. But who is the real Trudie Styler? Liz Hoggard finds out. Trudie Styler has a bit of a diva reputation. As the trophy wife of Sting, she has homes in Tuscany, New York, Los Angeles, London and Wiltshire. Her close friends include Elton John, Bill Clinton and Madonna (she officially introduced Guy to Madonna). For Christmas 2003, Mohammed Al-Fayed even opened Harrods early so Trudie could do her Christmas shopping without being disturbed...
July 01, 2006


He's famous for tantric sex and befriending rainforest Indians. Now Sting is pursuing another unusual enthusiasm - releasing songs by a long-forgotten Elizabethan lute player whom he believes was England's first singer-songwriter. Sing is fascinated by John Dowland, a 16th century contemporary of Shakespeare, and is convinced he has a strong spiritual connection with the musician. Now the 54 year old rock start believes he can finally bring Dowland the acclaim he deserves - producing an album of his work which he describes as a "labour of love". The CD, 'Songs from the Labyrinth', is due out later this year and is Sting's tribute to the musician and composer he admits has been "gently haunting" him for more than two decades...
June 12, 2006


Sniggers were stifled when he accompanied his wife's yoga lecture plucking serenely on the sitar and his tantric sex sessions have become legendary. Now Sting has immersed himself in an even more unlikely passion - 16th century lute music. The former frontman of the Police has been a fan of the Elizabethan composer John Dowland since the early 1980s. When he was given a lute two years ago, his interest was rekindled and he began to learn Dowland's music. What started out as a private project has turned into an album to be released in October...
June 09, 2006


Sting has found a kindred spirit in a maudlin 400-year-old singer-songwriter, says Rick Jones. Two pop stars will collide across the centuries when Sting releases his CD of the songs of John Dowland, the famous Elizabethan lute-player and composer who died 380 years ago. Just like Sting, Dowland made albums - four of them to be precise, each containing 21 or 22 songs. Dowland, though, had little competition. The miraculously inventive First Book of Ayres was published in London in 1597. It soon sold out and further editions were issued in 1600, 1603, 1606 and 1613. The city had an insatiable appetite for Dowland and almost every household in the Jacobean capital must have owned a copy of the First Book...
April 29, 2006


Sting says a new album may come of his current streamlined touring band, with two guitarists but no keyboards. "I'm interested in doing something a little more surprising," he says. Sting does not golf. "I feel it spoils a good walk, in my opinion," he says. And besides, "I can't see me in the clothes." Hence, the pop/rock icon had no personal insight into the value of the private golf lessons which Tiger Woods volunteers in auctions to benefit The Rainforest Foundation that Sting co-founded: "That's kind of priceless..."
February 12, 2006


"Sting says I shop for Britain. I don't I shop for Europe". Fuelled by yoga, meditation and broccoli, Trudie Styler busies herself these days producing films and organic olive oil. She talks control freakery, acting and puppy love with Geraldine Bedell. The rich are different. The first time I turn up to interview Trudie Styler, her dog is ill and she's too upset to speak to me. I trail back through the freezing rush hour muttering bitterly about how most people have to carry on even when their dogs are dying - but then I'm not a dog person...