Sting goes Back to Bass-ics...
It's been over a decade since his last tour to the country, but that
didn't stop audiences from flocking to see Gordon Matthew Sumner aka
Sting. The star, who has sixteen Grammys and millions of album sales to
his name, kicked off his Back To Bass Tour at the Coca Cola Dome in
Johannesburg at the weekend.
This is part of his world tour in celebration of his twenty five years as a solo artist in the music business.
He got going shortly after 20:00 with the 1991 hit single 'All This
Time'. The 61 year-old then told the audience it was good to be back in
the country, jokingly adding that the venue reminded him of something
out of District 9. He then introduced his band to the crowd before
playing more hits from his long and illustrious career including
'Englishman in New York', 'I Hung My Head' and 'Seven Days'. He took the songs back to bass-ics, playing stripped down, raw versions
incorporating the bass guitar sound that made him the artist he is
The seated show provided a very intimate setting for a man whose
timeless music has extended across four generations, and has remained
relevant throughout. Looking suave in jeans and a simple grey t-shirt
the star, with his wise and witty nature provided fans with a great
musical experience, and his charming anecdotes added warmth to the set
He told the Johannesburg crowd how, growing up in Newcastle, he dreamt
of owning a house with a garden one day. He continued with the story
adding that when he'd finally earned a bit of money he managed to buy a
little house, or as he joked ''it was more of a f**king castle''. This
was followed by a great version of the song 'Fields of Gold'. Before
singing his 'Sacred Love' song, Sting told the crowd how two things
fascinated him; one being sex and the other, religion. He said that
while he isn't the most religious person, he finds the subject
Shortly afterwards DStv.com caught up with radio and TV personality
Darren ''Whackhead'' Simpson, who mentioned he was enjoying the show.
''He's a legend. I love his music and I've played his songs on radio for years. It's awesome to see him in concert,'' he gushed.
All Access Mzansi's Pabi Moloi echoed these sentiments when she said
tweeted, ''If you are a musician or a true lover of music, you HAVE to
see Sting. Delicate, intricate, sensual and special. Do the right
Sting's Back To Bass tour heads to Cape Town this week. If you're in the Mother City, be sure to get your tickets now.
(c) DSTV by Jason Von Berg