June 19, 2014

Sting navigates the waters of Broadway musicals with 'The Last Ship'...

Sting vividly recalls walking out the door of his childhood home in Wallsend, a shipbuilding town on the northeastern coast of England, and being confronted by the massive form of one of the vessels whose construction was the lifeblood of an entire community from the 1860s until the shipyard was closed in 2007. "You'd watch this great hulking thing rise up over time, and then it would be set out to sea, and the whole process would start all over again," recalled the singer-songwriter who forged his career as a member of the new wave rock band, The Police, and then went on to work as a solo performer whose music has incorporated elements of rock, jazz, reggae, new-age, worldbeat and classical (from the English Renaissance composer John Dowland to Prokofiev and Kurt Weill). Along the way he also picked up 16 Grammy Awards and sold close to 100 million records...

June 06, 2014

Sting on 'The Last Ship' in Chicago - and the cargo he's been carrying...

Sometime around 2004, Gordon Matthew Thomas Sumner, better known as Sting, a rock star with 16 Grammys and more than 100 million records sold, found himself with a severe case of writer's block. It wasn't that he stopped touring (he didn't), making money (he still made plenty) or even recording (there were albums of other people's songs and a new symphonic treatment of his past material), but he found, to his chagrin, he could not write any new songs. This went on for some eight years. He was, in the words of writer John Logan, "at an impasse." The title of Sting's intensely personal, strikingly reflective 2003 autobiography, "Broken Music," had proven prophetic...

June 04, 2014

Sting embarks on a singular creative voyage, and returns to his roots, with the musical The Last Ship, making its worldwide debut in Chicago this month...

During a recent performance in New York, Sting told the story of how, in his shipbuilding hometown of Wallsend, northern England, when a particularly large vessel was finished, the queen would sometimes visit for the christening. On one such occasion, Sting, then a young boy, standing on the side of the road, caught her eye, and she waved to him from her royal limousine. And that, he says, was when he decided: "I didn't want to be on that street. I didn't want to end up working in that shipyard. I wanted to be in that limousine!"

March 27, 2014

Exclusive Performances from the On Stage Together tour…check out the latest in Virtual Ticket! (preview)

Sting & Paul Simon's On Stage Together tour may have finished last weekend, but Sting.com continues to bring you exclusive content from the road. In this clip, Sting says that working with Paul has been “wonderful” and calls his body of work “incredibly inspiring.” Check out this preview and then login as a member for the full video featuring exclusive performances from Sting and Paul Simon together onstage plus a revealing interview with Sting.
March 10, 2014

The "Drummer's Drummer"…check out the latest in Virtual Ticket (preview)!

Less than a week to go on Sting & Paul Simon's On Stage Together tour! The latest video captured on the road features the "drummer's drummer," Vinnie Colaiuta. Check out a preview here and then login as a member for the full 4-minute video.
February 11, 2014

Billboard: Paul Simon and Sting Q&A: Tour Mates on Shared Music DNA and Future 'Writing'...

A conversation with Sting and Paul Simon at the launch of their On Stage Together tour... Their tour is called On Stage Together, but right now Sting and Paul Simon are side by side backstage at Houston's Toyota Center after a long opening night sound check, exuding both confidence and a sense of "what-have-we-wrought?" excitement. The trek will take the duo to 21 North American cities through March 16 and is far more than a mere you play/I pay co-billing; in Houston the two played 10 of the seamless two-hour and 45-minute show's 30 songs together, while their 14 combined band members floated in and out of Simon and Sting's individual sets...

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December 29, 2013

There's a Sting in the tale yet - Sting talks to The Independent (Ireland)...

Former Police frontman Sting is finally comfortable with the fact he is no longer able to write pop songs. He tells Julia Molony how a self-penned play helped him beat writer's block, and explains just who he sees when he looks in the mirror. Sting walks into the hotel boardroom bundled in a high-collared grey coat against the cold. His hair is tightly shorn, his clothing muted, his skin a soft beige. He only lives around the corner, he says, from the hotel in Westminster, and presumably has walked here. Except for the crop and a few more lines, he looks like he could have stepped out of the black and white video for Englishman in New York...


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October 13, 2013

Man Of Steel - The Sunday Telegraph talks to Sting...

Sting's memories of his school days aren't exactly fond. The son of a hairdresser and engineer fitter's mate, he passed his 11-plus and was promptly set on the path to great things. But first he had priests to deal with. "I got a scholarship to a grammar school," recalls the singer songwriter, actor and, now, dramatist. "So I was kind of sectioned from most of the people I was brought up with and put in this school uniform, and was sent on a train to Newcastle and taught Latin and physics and all that stuff." For a young lad from the streets of Wallsend on Tyneside, the rupture was cataclysmic. The elevation of the boy born Gordon Sumner to a better school five miles away would, ultimately, send him all around the world, with the multiple domiciles to prove it...


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