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

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.

Bathed in red light, he then sang 'Roxanne,' playing his acoustic guitar for The Police's 1978 hit that tells a tale of a man falling in love with a prostitute.

Sting, sporting a tight-fitting grey t-shirt, opened with 'Everything Little Thing She Does is Magic,' setting the tone for a high-energy evening marked by conductor Sarah Hicks dancing in high heels as she led the German orchestra.

The full force of its drums and horns came through on numbers including 'Russians.'

A white spotlight shone on first violinist Christine Fischer-Eisenbrand for her solo in 'Whenever I Say Your Name.' Sting was accompanied in the duet by Australian back-up vocalist Jo Lawry for the 2003 track he recorded with Mary J. Blige.

Sting joined in on harmonica for 'Fields of Gold,' with a tambourine for songs including 'Straight to my Heart,' then returned to his acoustic guitar for '(Moon Over) Bourbon Street.' Dominic Miller and co-writer of some compositions including 'Shape of my Heart' was on electric guitar throughout.

The Police frontman and winner of 16 Grammy Awards who has sold nearly 100 million records earned thunderous applause for 'King of Pain.' He then brought the crowd to its feet for the rest of the night with 'Every Breath You Take' followed by encores of 'Desert Rose,' 'She's Too Good for Me' and 'Fragile.'

Sting closed with 'Message in a Bottle,' the crowd joining in the refrain.

Last week the activist abruptly canceled a performance in the Astana Day Festival in Kazakhstan, voicing support for striking oil and gas workers in the former Soviet republic.

'Hunger strikes, imprisoned workers and tens of thousands on strike represents a virtual picket line which I have no intention of crossing,' he said in a statement on his website.

Carlos Santana and John McLaughlin opened the two-week Montreux festival along Lake Geneva that closes on Saturday with Deep Purple. Rapper Doom is standing in for Mos Def on Thursday, organizers said in an overnight statement that gave no reason.

© Reuters Canada by Stephanie Nebehay (Editing by Paul Casciato)

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front row tickets cost was 350 fr / 300€ ...but a surprise was waiting 4 you... 2 rows before your front row for the sponsor!!!!! luckely i bought a cheaper standing ticket wich was far from the stage but without bad surprises!!!
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Jul 3, 2011
Amnesty International recently apprised Sting about the situation in Kazakhstan regarding the repression and crackdown against oil workers, their union leaders, their legal representatives & of the human rights NGOs working with them. In light of this current situation, with the unacceptable treatment being meted to these Kazakh oil/gas workers, their families and legal representation, which is extremely serious and continues to worsen, Amnesty International feel his presence in Astana will be interpreted as an endorsement of the presidents’ administration and surely will go against everything he has stood for, while supporting Amnesty and the fight for human rights, for the past 40 years. As a result, Sting has made a decision not to participate in the Astana Day Festival.
Jul 2, 2011
On 2 July Sting appeared in Kazan. A few years ago it seemed impossible. The night before the concert of the legendary British rock musician to become a reality. Together with the orchestra Tatar Academic Opera and Ballet im.M.Dzhalilya Sting sang his own songs and hits of ''The Police'' in the stage of "Tatneft-Arena." Kazan heard the program 'Simphonicity', specifically for a world hits Sting have been reworked for the performance of a symphony orchestra...