October 12, 2011

Inside Sting's Birthday Blowout - Rocker turns 60 with help from Bruce, Gaga, Billy Joel and others...

"Sixty feels comfortable," Sting told the sold-out crowd at New York's Beacon Theatre on October 1st. "I've always felt sort of old." But celebrating the milestone birthday onstage, Sting was positively boyish, ecstatically jamming with a stacked all-star roster of friends and fans including Bruce Springsteen, Billy Joel, Stevie Wonder and Lady Gaga. He has a lot to celebrate this fall: Sting just released 25 Years, a box set focusing on his quarter-century as a solo artist, and this month he kicks off the 32-date Back to Bass tour, playing in theaters with a stripped-down band. "I thought it was a good time to reflect," says Sting. "For me, getting older enriches life. You realize there are a limited number of summers left - or tours, songs, relationships - so you really have to value them..."

October 10, 2011

''Endless Sumner - How long is a piece of Sting? About 25 years. A box set plots the creative path of the master of "modern adult popular music..." The WORD review 25 Years...

When The Police agreed to split at the end of their 1984 American tour, all three band members began to create things to fill the space the absence of an enormously successful rock band would leave in their lives. Stewart Copeland began working on a film and solo album called 'The Rhythmatist'. Andy Summers took to writing a long-since-lost screenplay. Sting, being the sort of chap Gordon Sumner was even then, assembled a whole new band made up of exemplary musicians who had played with, among a million others, Miles Davis, Dizzy Gillespie and Weather Report. They decamped to Barbados and made 'Dream Of The Blue Turtles', an almost-jazz record where Sting laid out a template delineated by tasteful instrumentation, musicianly chops and lyrical smartness. This was neither rock nor pop; this music had nothing to do with Elvis, or punk or The Beatles or, indeed, The Police; its eyes were set on the far horizon of a land no one had yet visited, modern adult popular music...

October 10, 2011

''A rich mix of musical styles, plus a 2005 live DVD'' - Record Collector magazine...

Sometimes being the leader of the biggest band on the planet isn't enough, and the artists formerly known as Gordon Sumner has previously spoken about how he was frustrated by the musical limitations of The Police. Indeed, since embarking on a solo career a quarter of a century ago, Sting has avidly pursued a resless, occasionally schizophrenic path, as this bos set testifies. The easy shorthand suggests Sting had designs on becoming a jazz artist, and that's borne out by his earlier albums on tracks such as 'Moon Over Bourbon Street' or 'We'll Be Together' (not to mention his live re-workings of his old band's 'Bring On The Night' and 'Driven To Tears'). But listen more carefully to the elaborate musical tapestry of 'If I Ever Lose My Faith In You' or 'If You Love Somebody Set Them Free' - probably two of the most complex songs to scale the singles chart...
October 08, 2011

Fender review ''Sting Rough, Raw & Unreleased: Live At Irving Plaza...''

There's a moment just a few songs into Sting's live concert video, Rough, Raw & Unreleased: Live At Irving Plaza, that recalls the effortless power and grace of The Police in their prime. The song is “Synchronicity II,” and the legendary bassist and frontman is leading his solo-career touring band through that song's tricky high/low, loud/soft textures. Sting's voice - still strong and supple - glides above the swirl of Dominic Miller and Shane Fontayne's guitars. Meanwhile, drummer Josh Freese rides the high hat diligently, replicating Stewart Copeland's impossibly tight fills on the snare. It's the concert film's musical highlight, and if it's not the real thing without the original Police men, well - it's delightfully close...

October 02, 2011

Sting.com 25 Days Countdown: Day 1

Happy Birthday Sting! Today is the final day of the countdown...thank you to everyone who participated! In keeping with longstanding tradition of always being on stage to celebrate his birthday, Sting put on a stellar show at the Beacon Theatre in NYC last night. Joined by special guest performers Bruce Springsteen, Lady Gaga, Mary J. Blige, Stevie Wonder, Billy Joel, Will.i.am, Chris Botti, Herbie Hancock, Robert Downey Jr., Rufus Wainwright, Joe Sumner, and Branford Marsalis, the charitable concert raised millions for the Robin Hood Foundation.
October 01, 2011

Sting.com 25 Days Countdown: Day 2

We've watched Sting discuss his solo career, from The Dream Of The Blue Turtles to Songs From The Labyrinth. Today, we're excited to bring you this final webisode, in which he reflects on his most recent projects, If On A Winter's Night... and last year's critically-acclaimed Symphonicities and Live in Berlin.

September 30, 2011

Sting.com 25 Days Countdown: Day 3

To celebrate the recent release of the box set, Sting: 25 Years, the upcoming Back to Bass 2011 North American tour, and the final days of the Sting.com '25 Days' countdown, we're giving you the chance to win some very special prizes! One (1) grand prize winner and three (3) runners-up will be selected at random to win prizes including signed copies of Sting: 25 Years, Sting.com fan club memberships, and more!
September 29, 2011

Win A Pair Of Tickets To Attend the Late Show With David Letterman

Sting.com Member Special: On Monday, October 3, Sting will appear on The Late Show with David Letterman for a performance and sit-down interview. We have secured one pair of tickets for this TV taping.