On September 23, 2013 Cherrytree/Interscope/A&M Records will release a new album of original material from Sting, entitled The Last Ship.|
The album is inspired by Sting’s forthcoming play of the same name and explores the central themes of homecoming and self discovery, drawing upon his memories of growing up in the shadow of the Swan Hunters Shipyard in Wallsend. His personal reminiscences illuminate universal truths the complexity of relationships, the passage of time and the importance of family and community to form an affecting, complex parable for our modern times.
The play, in which Sting has been creatively immersed for nearly three years, debuts on Broadway in 2014 and is a collaboration with Tony Award winners Joe Mantello (director; Wicked, Other Desert Cities), John Logan (writer; Red,Skyfall) and Brian Yorkey (writer;Next to Normal).
The Last Ship tells the story of the demise of the shipbuilding industry in 1980s Newcastle which had, for so long, shaped and overshadowed the city, its development, and its community.
The Last Ship album is produced by Rob Mathes (Sting, Eric Clapton, Elton John, Lou Reed, Carly Simon) and engineered and mixed by Donal Hodgson.
The Last Ship will be available as both a digital and physical release in two configurations a 12 song version and a 2 disc deluxe version featuring 5 additional tracks. (The 12 song version will also be available on vinyl). A super deluxe edition, containing 2 discs comprised of 20 tracks within special packaging, will also be sold as a physical product exclusively at Amazon.com.
|15-02-2012||Sting is currently touring in Europe. Check out the concert dates of the Back To Bass Tour (2011/ 2012/ 2013).|
|31-07-2010||Recently Sting's new album Symphonicities was released. He is currently touring with the 45-piece Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra (conducted by Steven Mercurio) in the US and Europe on the Symphonicity Tour.|
Recently published by Aurum Press is the book "Walking on the Moon - The Untold Story of the Police and the Rise of New Wave Rock" by Chris Campion.|
Ambition brought the Police together. It also tore them apart – but not before they became the biggest band in the world and the first supergroup of the Eighties. In Walking on the Moon Chris Campion tells the full, uncensored story of their spectacular rise.
Written with a fan’s eye for detail this no-holds-barred account follows the band from their early struggle to make a mark in the volatile late 70’s punk scene, through their emergence – masterminded with the help of legendary manager Miles Copeland III – as an international rock phenomenon.
Walking on the Moon features for the first time the arduous touring and recording schedule that saw the band crack America, the unorthodox business strategies that catapulted them to the top, and the bouts of infighting that caused their early demise.
Campion details the shock 2007 reunion that saw them re-emerge as a global touring spectacle after a 20-year hiatus from the music industry and explores how the band members’ conflicting personalities and the chaotic personal life of frontman Sting informed some of their biggest hits.
Much more than simply an entertaining romp, the book offers insightful critical analysis of the broader factors that enabled the Police’s success, and reveals a band struggling to balance commercial ambition with a desire for artistic credibility.
Walking on the Moon is an epic tale of Eighties rock and the role played within it by one of the biggest names in music: The Police.
You can order the book here
On 22-01-2010 Sting was among a stellar line-up of acts taking part in the "Hope for Haiti Now: A Global Benefit for Earthquake Relief". The two-hour telethon went out live across the world and featured performances by Wyclef Jean, Bruce Springsteen, Jennifer Hudson, Mary J. Blige, Shakira and Sting from New York City. Alicia Keys, Christina Aguilera, Dave Matthews, John Legend, Justin Timberlake, Stevie Wonder, Taylor Swift and a group performance by Keith Urban, Kid Rock and Sheryl Crow from Los Angeles. Coldplay and a group performance by Bono, The Edge, Jay-Z, and Rihanna from London.|
Sting performed Driven To Tears together with The Roots. Also joining were Chris Botti and Clark Gayton.
All musical performances will be available through Apple's iTunes Store beginning Saturday January 23 2010 with all proceeds benefiting Haiti relief funds managed by 'Hope for Haiti Now' charities. You can order the live performance album here
|03-11-2009||Recently Sting's new album If On A Winter's Night was released. It contains a collection of songs about the winter. He is currently doing a promotion tour for TV and radio in the US and Europe.|
On 28-04-2009 Sting talked on the phone on the morning show on KFOG-FM radio (at 104.5 (San Francisco) / 97.7 (San Jose)) at 7.15am.
Sting revealed a few details about the album he’s finishing up for release over Christmas this year. "It's not really a pop record", he said, adding that the music is about the winter, and unlike a "Sting" record. In a Bloomberg interview Trudie described it as "classical winter" music. She said the record will be released in November 2009. Sting added that once this album is finished, he will do another "Sting" record.
Sting checked in with KFOG to plug the Let the Sunshine In benefit concert he's involved with that takes place in San Francisco on 25-05-2009.|
Sting has quite a few interesting performances coming up:
May 19, 2009 - Chicago, IL - Symphony Center (with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra) - USA
In a one-night-only performance on May 19, 2009, Sting will join the world renown Chicago Symphony Orchestra in a program featuring the artist's greatest hits arranged for orchestra. On that evening, the CSO will celebrate the 20th anniversary of Corporate Night, an event where corporate executives and guests enjoy pre-concert dinner and cocktails throughout Symphony Center followed by this extraordinary performance. Corporate Night 2009 is certain to be an evening to remember and all proceeds go to support the world's best and Chicago's own Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Corporate Night is a fundraiser of The Women's Association of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.
Line up for this event:
Members of the CHICAGO SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
Dominic Miller, Guitar
David Sancious, Keyboards
Vinnie Colaiuta, Drums
Christian McBride, Bass
Dave Hartley, Conductor
May 21, 2009 - Toronto, Ont. - Air Canada Centre ("Sunnybrook's One Night Live") - CANADA
On 21-05-2009 Sting, Sheryl Crow and The Canadian Tenors will perform at One Night Live, presented by Sun Life Financial at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto. The event was hosted by Chris Noth.
May 24, 2009 - Grand Rapids, MI - Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park - USA
On 24-05-2009 Sting performs a private show for Amway Global at the Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park's amphitheater, to celebrate its 50th anniversary. The private show will be attended by around 1,700 people.
May 25, 2009 - San Francisco, CA - Louise M. Davies Symphony Hall ("Foundation's Let the Sunshine") - USA
On 25-05-2009 Sting, Bob Weir, Narada Michael Walden, Maestro Michael Morgan, The Supremes' Mary Wilson, The Fifth Dimension's Marilyn McCoo and Billy Davis, Jr., David Grisman, Earl Klugh and others will perform at Davies Symphony Hall in support of Oakland's Christopher (Chris) Rodriguez, an 11-year-old innocent victim of gun violence.
The concert will also support the scholarship fund of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, and benefit the work of the Narada Michael Walden Foundation.
July 18, 2009 - Quebec, Que. - Bell Stage on the Plains of Abraham (Québec City Summer Festival) - CANADA
On 18-07-2009 Sting will perform at the 42nd edition of the Québec City Summer Festival.
The band line-up for this performance will be: Sting, Dominic Miller, David Sancious and Josh Freese.
July 19, 2009 - Foxwoods, CT - MGM Grand - USA
The band line-up for this performance will be: Sting, Dominic Miller, David Sancious and Josh Freese.
On August 7, 2008 The Police's final concert of their reunion tour was held at Madison Square Garden in New York City. Proceeds from this event benefited Public Television Rocks! and public television stations Thirteen/WNET and WLIW21, producers of arts programming seen all across America.|
The Police opened their last show of the tour with Cream's 1967 classic Sunshine Of Your Love.
Then around 20 drummers and musicians of the NYPD marching band came on, started drumming and they broke out into Message In A Bottle. Sting was wearing an NYPD cop hat.
After Walking On The Moon Sting gave a very sincere and heartfelt thanks to the fans, his bandmates and the crew.
During Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic Sting's three daughters came out on stage and were dancing around and took some snapshots. Sting: "These are my daughters". At the end Andy's sons came out too and joined in. Hugs and kisses after the song was done.
During the intro of De Do Do Do De Da Da Da Sting added some lines from Doo Wah Diddy Diddy ("Here she comes walking down the street singing domdomdomdadododoo").
During Can't Stand Losing You CHA balls were flying all over the place. Andy kicked a bunch back into the crowds.
After Can't Stand Losing You the band goes off stage and the big screen showed Sting lying back in a barber's chair backstage as two blond ladies (John Allan's stylists) shaved the salt-and-pepper beard. He had his shirt off. Women in the audience were going crazy. They started with clippers, hot towel and then shaving cream and razor. Other crew members were polishing his shoes, doing his nails, the audience was roaring and applauding. Stewart gave the freshly shaven Sting a kiss on the lips. Andy and Stewart came back on stage. Stewart holded up the green SC.net flag and had it displayed right next to his drumkit. Andy and Stewart jammed a bit then Stewart said "Here is the man without the beard" and Sting came on. They launched into Purple Haze.
So Lonely had a unique solo twist where Andy stopped in the middle and there was this moment of awkward slience, then they picked it up again.
At the end of So Lonely a part of Down So Long was added.
After Next To You stage manager Charlie Hernandez entered the stage dressed as a fat woman, sang some opera and ended the tune by saying "that's all folks" (from of Looney Tunes).
Before leaving the stage a lot of bows, hugs, points folowed. Stewart took off his Ghost In The Machine shirt and threw it to Dietmar in the front row.
Three songs (King of Pain, So Lonely and Every Breath You Take) were webcasted by bestbuy.com.
Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Bruce Springsteen and Patti Scialfa, Debbie Harry and James Gandolfini were among the backstage guests.
The concert marked the end of a tour that has grossed more than $350 million and was the biggest selling tour of 2007. The 2007/2008 tour started in Vancouver in May 2007. The Police have played a total of 150 concerts for 3.7 million people.
On August 4, 2008 The Police and Best Buy announced they will release a collector's set entitled "The Police: Certifiable", which includes an entire concert recorded live in Buenos Aires, Argentina (December 1 and 2, 2007). The following packages will be available:|
- 2DVD + 2CD
- 1 Blu-Ray Disc + 2CD
- 3 premium 180-gram vinyl LPs (including an MP3 file key to unlock a one-time free download of the entire album)
The release date is October 7, 2008, thru Best Buy stores or the online site.
The DVD will also include a documentary about the tour, titled "Better Than Therapy" and directed by Stewart's son, Jordan. Stewart: "He [Jordan] totally gets right under our skins, the little bastard, and his analysis of the group is better than any I've seen. It's unbelievable to see the early rehearsals compared to where we're at now. Some of them were so raw we had to take them out, some of the scenes. But he's still got the nitty gritty there, with us each grappling with the reality of life in the band again."
|07-06-2008||The Police's final concert of their reunion tour will be held on August 7, 2008, at Madison Square Garden in New York. Proceeds from this event will benefit Public Television Rocks! and public television stations Thirteen/WNET and WLIW21, producers of arts programming seen all across America. Tune in to Thirteen/WNET and WLIW21 on Saturday, June 14th at 7:30 PM ET to see classic Police concert footage and interviews. The Police's final concert of their reunion tour will also feature special guests the B-52's.|
On May 6, 2008 Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg joined Sting, Andy Summers and Stewart Copeland of The Police to announce that the band’s final concert will be in New York City and their commitment to MillionTreesNYC, the City’s initiative to plant one million trees by the year 2017. MillionTreesNYC is a component of PlaNYC, the Mayor’s plan to make the City more sustainable and reduce its carbon footprint 30 percent by 2030. The Police pledged $1 million to the Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City in support of MillionTreesNYC. This donation, matched by the City, will provide $2 million to help launch the reforestation component of MillionTreesNYC which will plant 10,000 trees and reforest 2,000 acres of parkland across the five boroughs. Reforestation efforts improve air and water quality, reduce greenhouse gases and lower energy costs.|
The Police also announced that their final concert ever will be a fundraiser with proceeds benefiting the production of arts programming for Thirteen/WNET and WLIW New York. Tickets will be available nationally online via Thirteen/WNET and WLIW. More details about the benefit show, including venue and ticket information, will be released at a later date.
On Thursday May 1, 2008 The Police opened their new North American leg of the reunion world tour with a show at Scotiabank Place in Ottawa, Canada. After the support act performance of Elvis Costello & The Imposters, The Police kicked of their set with "Bring On The Night" (with Sting sitting on a stool playing acoustic guitar) and "Demolition Man". Both songs haven't been performed during any of the previous reunion shows in 2007 and 2008. The complete setlist in Ottawa was:|
Bring On The Night - Demolition Man - Walking On The Moon - Synchronicity II - Voices Inside My Head/ When The World Is Running Down - Don't Stand So Close To Me - Driven To Tears - Hole In My Life/ Hit The Road Jack - Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic - Wrapped Around Your Finger - De Do Do Do De Da Da Da - Invisible Sun - Message In A Bottle - Can't Stand Losing You - Roxanne ** King Of Pain - So Lonely - Every Breath You Take ** Next To You
Check out all the 30th Anniversary Tour - 2007 / 2008 tourdates.
|03-07-2007||This months issue of the MOJO magazine (based in the UK) brings you an exclusive interview by Phil Sutcliffe with the reformed Police who are back with a world tour. MOJO joins them on their rollercoaster trip for the full and astonishing story of their rise to the status of global ‘80s stadium kings, their fall into antagonism and their recent reunion…all set to a background of chaos, coke and power struggles.|
|09-06-2007||On May 28, 2007 The Police performed their first concert in more than 20 years in front of a 4.000-strong fan club-only audience at Vancouver's GM Place. With the bang of a gong, drummer Stewart Copeland opened the show that started with Message in a Bottle and closed with Next to You. More information (including setlists) about the current tour can be found in the The Police - 30th Anniversary Tour - 2007 / 2008 section.|
Police Heading To Vancouver For Final Tour Prep|
The Police convene in Vancouver this week to begin final preparations for their slavishly anticipated reunion tour, which begins there on May 28 -- preceded by a special fan club show the night before.
"It's feeling really good," guitarist Andy Summers tells Billboard.com. "It should take a slightly different shape now because in a couple weeks the stage arrives and the lighting and everything and we have to kind of choreograph the show with that. We've all been playing for another 20 years, so I think we're actually much better players than we were even in the Police in the early days."
Summers says the trio has mostly settled on a set list that, not surprisingly, hews towards the familiar. "There's so many hit songs that we sort of have to do all of those," he says. "We're not doing too many things off the wall. We've got about a two-hour show lined up of famous songs, basically."
He did say that the group had worked up the relatively rare "Truth Hits Everybody" from the first Police album, 1978's "Outlandos d'Amour," while the band is also considering playing acoustic arrangements of some songs. And, Summers adds, everything is subject to change "from seeing how it goes with the audiences."
Summers says he's also enjoying a series of "fantastic coincidences" that are occurring alongside the Police tour. He'll be publishing a paperback version of his well-reviewed 2006 memoir, "One Train Later," and reissuing his collaborations with Robert Fripp. He also has a photo book, "I'll Be Watching You: Inside the Police 1980-83," culled from 25,000 photos he shot in the early days of the band; a Taschen Artists Edition of 1,500 copies will be published in June, with a more affordable edition coming later this year.
And Summers has recorded a new instrumental album, "At First You Build a Cloud," with Yale classical guitar professor Ben Verdery.
But the most exciting of his extra-band projects may be Fender's Andy Summers Tribute Telecaster, which recreates his main Police guitar right down to the nicks and scratches featured on the original. Summers, who's also had tribute guitars issued by Gibson and Martin, says the 250-copy issue is already sold out.
"It's amazing ... a handmade, exact copy of every nick, dent and scratch on the original guitar, with sort of hybrid electronics," says Summers, who will be playing the replicas on the Police tour. "The Telecaster is such an important instrument in my own life, so seeing this (tribute) happen is kind of phenomenal."
By Gary Graff, Detroit. From: Billboard
The Police UK Tour which went on sale in the UK and Holland on Friday March 9, 2007 sold out all 5 shows with more than 160,000 tickets snapped up. Tickets sold out quickly with the Birmingham and Manchester arena shows selling out within half an hour, Amsterdam Arena selling out in 40 minutes, London's Twickenham Stadium followed selling in just under an hour, and Cardiff quickly after that.|
Check out all the 30th Anniversary Tour - 2007 tourdates.
The first show of The Police for November 2007 has just been announced:|
Nov. 8, 2007 Toronto, ON "Air Canada Centre"
Check out all the 30th Anniversary Tour - 2007 tourdates.
The upcoming tour of The Police will start at the GM Arena in Vancouver on May 28, 2007.|
On June 16 The Police will headline the Bonnaroo festival in Manchester, Tenn.
The tour continues through the USA and Canada through the first week of August, then followed by the U.K. and Europe, returning to North America in late October.
The rest of the world (including Mexico, South America, Japan and possibly Australia and New Zealand) will follow through the end of the year.
About 80 shows are currently on the books, including 24 cities in North America.
Best Buy is the North American sponsor of the tour. Tickets will be scaled primarily at $225, $90 and $50. Tickets for Vancouver, Toronto and Montreal will go on sale Feb. 17. Other markets, including Boston and New York, will go on sale Feb. 20. Ticketmaster will orchestrate a pre-sale through a newly created Police tour website a few days prior to the general public onsales. It is highly likely that the Police will be the top-grossing tour of 2007.
The tour will be produced worldwide by the Next Adventure in association with RZO Entertainment, under the direction of Arthur Fogel, president of TNA and chairman of global music for TNA parent Live Nation.
Check out the 30th Anniversary Tour - 2007 tourdates.
The Police performed the following songs at the press conference and rehearsal at the Whisky A Go Go in Los Angeles on Monday Feb. 12, 2007:|
Message In A Bottle
Voices Inside My Head/ When The World Is Running Down
Can't Stand Losing You
On February 11, 2007 The Police opened the 49th annual Grammy Awards at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, CA.|
After Sting spoke the words: "Ladies and Gentlemen, we are The Police, and we're back!" the band launched Roxanne.
You can watch the video of the performance at YouTube.
The press conference and rehearsal of The Police at the Whisky A Go Go in Los Angeles will be webcasted on Monday Feb. 12, 2007.|
Check out www.thepolicerehearsals.com for all the details!
On February 12, 2007 The Police will perform a "rehearsal show" to commemorate their 30th anniversary at the famous Whisky A Go Go on Sunset Boulevard in Los Angeles.|
The Police performed several shows at this venue almost 28 years ago (the first show on 01-03-1979).
|30-01-2007||Today the Recording Academy anncounced that The Police will open the 49th Annual GRAMMY Awards telecast at Staples Center in Los Angeles on Sunday February 11, 2007! The event will be broadcasted (in HDTV and 5.1 Surround Sound) on the CBS Television Network.|
The Police are currently rehearsing for an upcoming reunion tour at Lions Gate Studios in Vancouver, according to several sources (Billboard and
In addition, The Police are strongly rumored to be performing as part of the opening segment of the Grammy telecast on Feb. 11 2007 from Los Angeles' Staples Center. At deadline, a Grammy spokesperson had no information on a possible appearance by the group.
As numerous rumors have started circulating regarding plans for a celebration of the 30th anniversary of the release of the first Police single, the following is an official statement released on behalf of the band by a spokesperson at Interscope Geffen A&M Records:|
"As the 30th anniversary of the first Police single approaches, discussions have been underway as to how this will be commemorated. While we can confirm that there will indeed be something special done to mark the occasion, the depth of the band's involvement still remains undetermined."
RUMOURS ABOUT A REUNION OF THE POLICE IN 2007....|
On 30-12-2006 the Dailymail reported that The Police "are considering playing a series of dates in the UK next summer". The article also states:
"Sources say rehearsals have been pencilled in to take place before Sting begins the February leg of his latest European tour and after Copeland has finished his stint as a judge in the BBC celebrity duet show Just The Two Of Us".
"The record label, A&M, is believed to be planning a special anniversary release in June and the tour dates would coincide with that".
Up to this moment NOTHING has been confirmed by any official source! Let's wait and see what happens....
|18-11-2006||Having released his documentary Everyone Stares: The Police Inside Out to rave reviews, Stewart Copeland is now contemplating putting together a film on his musical peers. He tells AOL Music Blog, "I've got footage that no one else [could get because I could] go into the dressing room, and they'd leap around and ham it up for my camera. I got shots of The B-52s, the Talking Heads, The Specials, UB40, The Clash, The Pretenders, AC/DC, not to mention some old ravers -- Robert Palmer. It's a really substantial collection." However, Copeland also notes that attempting to make such a film could be "the licensing nightmare from hell."|
|22-07-2006||Deutsche Grammophon will release the album Songs From The Labyrinth by Sting and the Bosnian lute player Edin Karamazov in October 2006.|
A lot of news about Andy Summers:|
Ian Copeland, founder of Frontier Booking International and brother of former IRS label CEO Miles Copeland and ex-Police drummer Stewart Copeland, died May 23rd in Los Angeles after a battle with melanoma. He turned 57 on April 25th.|
The news was announced by Stewart Copeland, "My brother Ian has died. His last weeks were peaceful and serene, surrounded by his family. He met his fate with courage, grace and even a little humor. ... I am devastated beyond words."
Ian started making his mark in the agency business at Phil Walden's Paragon Agency in Macon, Ga., in the 1970s, working with Alex Hodges, Buck Williams and John Huie before moving to New York and starting F.B.I. where he represented some of the top artists of the 1980s including The Police, R.E.M., Joan Jett & The Blackhearts, Go-Go's, and Squeeze.
Oysterhead, will regroup for this year's Bonnaroo Festival!|
The supergroup, comprised of Phish's Trey Anastasio, Primus' Les Claypool and The Police's Stewart Copeland, will perform together for the first time since the Oysterhead tour in 2001.
Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival 2006 is a four-day, multi-stage camping festival held on a 700-acre farm in Manchester, Tennessee from June 16 until 18, 2006.
For more information check out the Bonnaroo Festival site.
Stewart Copeland's film Everyone Stares: The Police Inside Out has been accepted into and will premiere at the 2006 Sundance Film Festival's Spectrum Section.|
The film, begun more than 27 years ago in 1978 was largely shot on an 8mm Sankyo camera by Stewart himself, and chronicles the very early days and rise to world wide success of The Police. Copeland, founder and drummer of the legendary band, recorded his impressions of the life of a rock and roller from his unique perspective: behind the drums.
Featuring some sixty different songs, nearly all of them Police songs in various versions, the film is a humorous, perceptive and very personal compendium of all of those moments on the road at a seminal time in the history of rock music. The film has already been invited into the Santa Barbara International Film Festival in January 2006 and has created a whole new form of expression for Copeland's fertile imagination.
It's rumoured that this film will also be released on DVD somewhere in 2006.
Based on information from: The Derek Power Company
On September 12, 2005 Universal Music will release the DVD "Synchronicity Concert". The DVD features:|
1. concert filmed in Atlanta in November 1983
* Mixed in 5.1 Surround Sound for the very first time
* Includes 4 new songs filmed in Multi Angle - "Synchronicity II", "Roxanne," "Don't Stand So Close To Me" and "Invisible Sun" (These four songs were filmed in Atlanta, but were never released when the concert was originally released on VHS tape in the mid eighties!)
2. interview for the Australian ABC TV show 'Countdown', recorded in Melbourne (March 1984) after the bands' final concert on their Synchronicity World Tour
3. original film trailer
|15-02-2005||On March 29, 2005 A&M will release the movie Bring On The Night (directed by Michael Apted) on DVD! Until now this movie was only available on video and laserdisc.|
On Sunday December 12th, 2004 Andy and Stewart joined the band Incubus at the KROQ Almost Acoustic Christmas 2004 event at the Universal Amphitheater in Los Angeles, CA!|
They performed the following songs of The Police:
- De Do Do Do De Da Da Da
- Message In A Bottle
- Roxanne (extended version!)
Brandon Boyd (lead vocalist) of Incubus introduced them this way: "Ladies and gentlemen. Boys and girls of all ages. Stewart Copeland and Andy Summers of The Police!".
In April 2005 Sting will return to North America for a tour of dozens of college campuses, as well as in cities and venues not previously played on the Sacred Love Tour. The Broken Music Tour will see a stripped down show with a four-piece band:|
- Sting on bass
- Dominic Miller on guitar
- Shane Fontayne (Lone Justice, Bruce Springsteen) on guitar
- Josh Freese (currently a member of A Perfect Circle) on drums
Check out the upcoming tourdates.
|27-01-2004||On January 23, 2004 Sting started his new worldtour at the James L. Knight Center in Miami, FL. Check out the upcoming tourdates.|
On September 22 Sting's new studio album will be released by A&M/Interscope! It's called "Sacred Love" (the North American release is scheduled for September 23). "Sacred Love" was produced by Sting and Kipper, who handled keyboards and drum programming on Brand New Day. Mary J. Blige guests on the track Whenever I Say Your Name, while Anoushka Shankar appears on Book of My Life.|
The first single Send Your Love is due to hit radio outlets in July, in tandem with a video. A commercial release for Send Your Love will follow in September.
Following the album's completion in Paris in April, Sting and his touring band were filmed playing the tracks on-stage at Los Angeles' Mayan Theatre. That footage will make up a documentary to be broadcast in early October on A&E and released as an expanded DVD on Oct. 7.
Sting is expected to tour heavily behind "Sacred Love," beginning in early 2004. He will make a number of TV appearances around the album's release date, including a performance on NBC's "Today" show on October 2.
Kim Turner, the former manager of The Police and Sting, passed away on May 12th 2003, following a brave fight against cancer.|
In the early 70's Kim began his professional musical career within the extended Wishbone Ash "family", first playing drums with Miles Copeland-managed band Cat Iron, who supported Wishbone Ash on several occasions in the early seventies. He then played drums with Andy Fraser (ex-Free) and appeared on the all star Mandalaband album alongside members of 10cc and Barclay James Harvest.
In 1978 Kim joined The Police as their road manager and sound engineer and it is widely acknowledged that Kim's joining contributed greatly towards the creation of the band's distinctive live sound. From accompanying the band as "one man road crew/driver" on their first US tour, right through to the monumental "Synchronicity" tour of 1983, Kim remained an integral part of the machine which powered the most successful UK act of the eighties. Sting's solo career required even greater involvement from Kim, who co-managed the vocalist alongside Miles Copeland up until 1997 and also co-produced the 1986 "Bring on the Night" live album.
From: Wishbone Ash UK Online
Last Monday (March 10th 2003) The Police were inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame at a ceremony at the Waldorf Astoria in New York City. The Police performed three songs:|
Message In A Bottle, Roxanne and Every Breath You Take.
During the latter song, they were joined onstage by No Doubt's Gwen Stefani, Aerosmith's Steven Tyler and John Mayer.
An edited version of the ceremony will be televised on VH1 in the USA on March 16th at 9pm and 11pm and then repeated the following day at 2am. On Sunday March 23rd at 8pm parts of the ceremony will be shown in the UK.
This was the first performance for The Police in public in 18 years. On 15-06-1986 The Police performed in East Rutherford, NJ in support for Amnesty International.
|04-03-2003||The induction of The Police into The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame will be broadcasted by VH1 on March 16, 2003 (9pm ET). Check out VH1.com : 2003 Rock + Roll Hall of Fame for details.|
|04-03-2003||On 20-02-2003 Ian Copeland mentioned on his "Ask Uncle Ian" message board that" Stewart is officially not a Door anymore".|
Police reunion in 2003!|
To mark the band's induction into The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame The Police has agreed to perform three songs at a ceremony at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York City on March 10th, 2003. They will be joined by The Clash, Elvis Costello, the Righteous Brothers and AC/DC. The event will later be televised on VH1.
The venue holds about 1,500 people. If you donate $10,000.00 or more to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Museum in Cleveland you have the opportunity to purchase tickets for the induction ceremonies if tickets are available.
The Police had also been invited to perform at a concert organised by former South African president Nelson Mandela but Sting had not yet said whether he would agree.
Stewart joins The Doors!|
Founding members Ray Manzarek and Robby Krieger of The Doors were joined by Stewart Copeland, Cult singer Ian Astbury, and Krieger's bassist, Angelo Barbera, for a performance at the House Of Blues in Los Angeles on September 3, 2002. Three days later (on September 6, 2002) the quartet performed at the California Motor Speedway in Fontana, California on September 6, 2002. The latter was part of the Harley Davidson Open Road Tour.
The Doors are also set for a second Harley Davidson date at Molson Park in Barrie, Ontario on September 29, 2002.
If all goes as expected, the Doors will set up a major tour of the U.S. and Europe for spring 2003, after which they'll hit the studio for a new album.
Stewart has joined the Doors in place of John Densmore. The original drummer for the group, Densmore is battling the hearing disorder tinnitus, which makes him unable to play live on stage, but he has given his blessing for this lineup to continue without him.
On August 20th Christian McBride added the following information to his site:|
I have some recording projects coming up with Pat Martino and Sting. As of now, neither project should take up too much time, but both projects promise to be great. I can't wait to hear Sting's new tunes.
From: Christian McBride.com
According to Vinx.com something interesting is going to happen:|
In January 2003, Vinx plans to co-write, record and tour a project with drummer Stewart Copeland, bassist Stanley Clarke and guitarist Joe Satriani.
Last month Andy Summers worked with the 24-year-old drummer Kevin Sawka in Los Angeles for some exploratory recording, which will soon lead to a new project later this summer. Andy was introduced to Kevin Sawka by his old friend Michael Shrieve. Kevin Sawka used to play in Seatlle based bands like Siamese, 94th Street and Expanse.|
To listen to some of Sawka's work visit: MP3.com - Kevin Sawka.
|17-09-2001||Due to the disasters in the US Sting cancelled the webcast, which was scheduled from his Tuscan home on September 11th. Sting talked about his fears about what had happened that day and offered his sympathy and told that they were going to play one song, then unplug the webcast. Fragile was performed and then they took a one-minute silence without applause. There are rumours that the upcoming official live album will contain recordings of the previous night (September 10th, 2001), when Sting and the band performed for Universal executives and other people from the music industry. The live album will be released in November and is supposed to be called All This Time.|
On Oct. 2nd, 2001 Oysterhead will release their album The Grand Pecking Order in the US and Canada. Foreign release dates are still being finalized.|
After a warm-up show at Toad's Place in New Haven (on Sept. 14) and a special appearance at Irving Plaza (on Sept. 15) Oysterhead will hit the road in Seattle on Oct. 21. The tour covers most of the US (and a couple Canadian dates as well) in twenty shows.
For more information check out the official Oysterhead site.
|21-08-2001||On September 11th, 2001 Sting will record a live album at a special one-off show being held at 'Il Palagio', Sting's Tuscan home. A small audience of fans and friends will be at show which will be released on CD and probably broadcast as an internet webcast.|
Sting.com, the official website of artist Sting, has recently been launched on-line. It has rare concert photos, interesting archives, and exclusive content only found on the website. Sting.com will give you up to the minute news on tour dates, recordings, and appearances. This website will keep every Sting fan up to date with one of the world's most respected artists. Currently on the site you can see Sting's new video for "After The Rain Has Fallen" and see rare photos from his recent Middle East and US Tour.|
From: Sting.com press release
|05-04-2001||Oysterhead, the band consisting of Stewart Copeland, Primus bassist Les Claypool and Phish guitarist Trey Anastasio entered Anastasio's Vermont studio, the Barn, on Sunday April 1 to write and record an album of original material. Oysterhead are scheduled to record through May and will release the album in the fall on Elektra Records.|
|24-02-2001||Stewart will be teaming up with his once and future bandmates Trey Anastasio (Phish) and Les Claypool (Primus) in the legendary Oysterhead, as they record their debut album in April and May. The album is planned for a fall release with possible live shows too!|
Jack Bruce recently announced the formation of a new trio "HotFlash", with Andy Summers on
guitar and Dennis Chambers on drums! An album and tour are to follow early next year.|
Jack Bruce: "Andy and myself have already written more than twenty new songs and the band recorded seven in one day! As you can tell I am very excited about this. The band sounds great - very much the Cream Police! and can't wait to get back to work. We plan our first release early next year and then we want to hit the road bigtime. Around the world - at least around the world!"
From: The Official Jack Bruce Web Site
Sting has become the next major artist to fall under the spell of Disney. He
wrote all of the music for the company's upcoming animated comedy, The
Emperor's New Groove, with David Hartley. The Walt Disney Pictures film
features the vocal talents of David Spade as the emperor Kuzco, John
Goodman, Eartha Kitt, Patrick Warburton, and Wendie Malick, as well as the
voice of Sting's wife, filmmaker Trudie Styler. Tom Jones performs the
opening song of the film, also written by Sting, and as Kuzco's singer, is
referred to in the film as "the guy who sings the theme song." Sting also
performs one song, My Friend And Me, which will be played over the
film's end credits. In the US this track will be released to Adult Contemporary
radio stations on October 23. A soundtrack album will be released by Walt Disney Records.
From: Billboard magazine
|17-10-2000||Danny Paradise is an "Ashtanga Yoga" teacher and has Paul Simon, Sting and Madonna among his friends and students. This summer he has released a new album called River Of The Soul. This album features artists like Paul Simon, Sting, Edie Brickell, Chris Botti and Bakithi Kumalo. On the track Searching For The Holy Grail, Sting makes a guest vocal appearance, harmonizing with Danny on the refrain: "Let the wind fill your sails, and then you must sail on, sail on, sail on."|
On September 26, 2000 Interscope Records will release the DVD "Brand New Day Tour: Live from the Universal Amphitheater". The show was recorded at the beginning of the current tour (in fact two weeks after the start in Las Vegas) in Universal City on October 29, 1999.
The footage was recorded by DirectTV and is set out in different parts and includes footage of Sting talking backstage about the tour, some
songlists and a few interactive menus. The DVD will contain the following tracks:|
A Thousand Years - If You Love Somebody Set Them Free - After the Rain Has Fallen - We'll Be Together - Perfect Love Gone Wrong - Seven Days - Fill Her Up - Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic - Ghost Story - Moon Over Bourbon Street - Englishman In New York - Brand New Day - Tomorrow We'll See - Desert Rose - Every Breath You Take - Lithium Sunset/ Twist And Shout - Message In A Bottle - Fragile
Recently Pagan Records released the CD-single "When The World Is Running Down
(You Can't Go Wrong)" by diffentGear. It is a remix of the classic track from the 1980 album Zenyatta Mondatta.
The track has been tearing up dancefloors in the UK and the US as a bootleg, but it has now been officially licensed for release. The German release (158 163-2) contains the following tracks:
|12-08-2000||Chris Botti, trumpet player and featured soloist for Sting during the 'Brand New Day' tour will be part of a live internet chat hosted by LAUNCH.com on Monday, August 21 at 5:00 EST / 2:00 PST. Chris will answer questions from all participants in the chat, which is open to internet users world-wide. Chris will be talking about his latest album, Slowing Down the World, his part in Sting's Brand New Day tour, his upcoming plans, and more. Questions are open to all participants in the chat session. Chris will also host a live giveaway at the conclusion of the chat with personally autographed copies of Slowing Down the World and a grand prize that includes his entire discography.|
|01-08-2000||On August 9th at 8 pm EST Sting will be chatting on America Online (AOL). Unfortunately you have to be a member of AOL to join in (but you can always get the 30 days free trial period and join in). On the same night he will be performing his second performance at the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles.|
|01-08-2000||Last week Sting lost a case at an international panel to evict the holder of the Internet address www.sting.com. Sting wanted to take control of the address from a computer game player who says he has been using the name on the Internet for eight years. The arbitrator, Andrew F. Christie of Australia, ruled against Sting. He acknowledged that Sting is a "world famous entertainer" known by that name, but Christie said Sting isn't his real name - which is Gordon Sumner.|
|21-07-2000||Stewart recorded some tracks for the soon to be released album "Mad For The Racket" by The Racketeers, which is the brainchild of Brian James (ex Damned and Lords of the New Church). The album features Brian James and Wayne Kramer on guitars and vocals. Duff McKagen on bass. Stewart Copeland, Brock Avery and Clem Burke on drums. There are plans for a tour in the fall of 2000.|
Oysterhead was a band which consisted of Stewart Copeland, Trey
Anastasio (of Phish) and Les Claypool (of Primus) who played a one-time
gig at the Saenger Theater during the New Orleans Jazz Festival on May 4,
2000. The show sold out in 11 minutes! On the night of the show, rumors
circulated about the going price for an extra ticket, ranging from $75 to
a preposterous sum of $2,000.|
The group formed when Claypool was approached about putting a group together for a special one-time concert. Claypool contacted Anastasio, with whom he had been interested in collaborating with since first sitting in with Phish in 1994. Stewart Copeland, who produced a track on Primus' latest release Anti-Pop, was also asked to join the group.
|21-03-2000||B.J. Cole will join during one (or more?) shows at the Royal Albert Hall in London. He will play steel guitar during the triptych "I'm So Happy I Can't Stop Crying"/ "Fill Her Up"/ "Fields of Gold". Cole also played this instrument on the album Brand New Day.|
The Brand New Day tourbook is currently on sale at the Sting shows. It contains 24 pages with a lot a really nice photos (taking during the first US live shows, Net Aid and during the recording of promo video for Desert Rose).|
On page 2 and 3 Sting talks about Kenny Kirkland ("He was my friend, my colleague and my teacher"). Also about his current band members: Jason Rebello ("is one of England's finest jazz pianists"), Mark (Kipper) Eldridge ("I figure two ridiculous names in the band is one too many"), Chris Botti ("He looks like an angel and plays like Miles (Miles Davis that is, not Copeland)"), Manu Katche ("I'm thrilled that he is touring with me at last") and Dominic Miller ("My clumsy hands can't even approach what he conjures with a magician's ease."). And also about Vinnie Colaiuta ("Vinnie is happy and resting from touring for awhile and is concentrating on writing and studio work.").
Paul Evans wrote the article which runs throughout the whole tourbook.
On the back of the program there is a nice Compaq ad ("Left brain. Right brain") which features a photo of Sting.
|28-02-2000||On Wednesday February 23, 2000 Sting won two awards at the 42nd Annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles. One for "Best Pop Album" and one for "Best Male Pop Vocal". He also perfomed Desert Rose with his current band and Cheb Mami.|
|30-12-1999||On January 17, 2000 the second single from Sting's album Brand New Day will be be released in the UK:|
Fragile (live in Los Angeles, 1999)
If You Love Somebody Set Them Free (live in Los Angeles, 1999)
Desert Rose (CD-Rom Video)
Desert Rose (Melodic Club Mix Radio Edit)
Desert Rose (Melodic Club Mix)
Desert Rose (Filter Dub)
Desrt Rose (Melodic Club Mix Radio Edit) (CD-Rom Video)
|25-12-1999||On Monday January 3, 2000 the German radio station NDR2 will broadcast Sting's Los Angeles concert. It's reported to be the October 30, 1999 show. The broadcast time is: 9PM in Germany (8PM GMT, 3PM US Eastern time, noon US Pacific time). The station also broadcasts over the internet so check out: www.ndr2.de|
|25-12-1999||On Thursday April 13, 2000 Sting, James Taylor and Elton John will headline the 11th annual Rainforest Foundation benefit concert at Carnegie Hall in New York City. The concert will be produced by Sting's wife Trudie.|
|07-11-1999||On October 14, 1999 Sting performed the first night of the Brand New Day World Tour at the Hard Rock Hotel (The Joint) in Las Vegas, NV. The setlist during this first lengthy show (135 minutes) was:|
A Thousand Years - If You Love Somebody Set Them Free - After The Rain Has Fallen - We'll Be Together - Perfect Love Gone Wrong - All This Time - Seven Days - Mad About You - Fill Her Up - Fields Of Gold - I Was Brought To My Senses - Heavy Cloud No Rain - Big Lie Small World - Ghost Story - Moon Over Bourbon Street - Englishman In New York - Brand New Day - Tomorrow We'll See - Roxanne - Bring On The Night/ When The World Is Running Down ** If I Ever Lose My Faith In You - Desert Rose - Every Breath You Take - Lithium Sunset ** Fragile
About one week later the setlist at the Flint Center in Cupertino, CA (October 22, 1999) was already shortened to:
A Thousand Years - If You Love Somebody Set Them Free - After the Rain Has Fallen - We'll Be Together - Perfect Love Gone Wrong - Mad About You - Seven Days - Fill Her Up - Fields Of Gold - Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic - Ghost Story - Moon Over Bourbon Street - Englishman In New York - Brand New Day - Tomorrow We'll See - Roxanne - Desert Rose - Bring On the Night/ When the World Is Running Down ** If I Ever Lose My Faith In You - Every Breath You Take - Lithium Sunset ** Fragile
Just about ten days prior to the release of the album Brand New Day Sting is very busy promoting his latest work. During the last two weeks he has done promotion for TV and radio in the UK, Italy, Holland, Germany, France, Spain and Japan. Next week he will be in the USA.|
|18-09-1999||On Saturday September 18th Sting appeared at BBC1 "The National Lottery Stars". Besides performing the single Brand New Day he was also shortly interviewed. Although the interview wasn't very searching Sting shortly told about the new album. You can download this particular segment (MP3; 22 sec.; 348 kB).|
|18-09-1999||The British band The Secret Police recently released a live album of Police songs. The album sounds very energetic, just like The Police in there early days! Check out there site and listen to some mp3s or buy the album. It's worth it!|
The tracklisting for Sting's new album Brand New Day is:|
|16-08-1999||Compaq Computer will pay more than $7 million to sponsor Sting's fall tour. Meanwhile, Sting will serve as the centerpiece of the computer company's worldwide TV and print ad campaign through 2000. Sting will also use Compaq hardware and software for sampling, composing, and arranging his music and for staging and lighting on the tour.|
|10-07-1999||The title of Sting's new album will be Brand New Day and will be released in the UK on September 27th, 1999. The first single, also called Brand New Day will be released in the UK on August 30th, 1999.|
|06-07-1999||Sting will tour the US in October and November! Here are the dates which are currently confirmed:|
Update 05-08-1999: Check out the updated list of tourdates for 1999-2000!
|24-05-1999||"Sting puts finishing touches to album - Sting is nearing completion of his
next album for Polydor/A&M, the first single from which is due in
September. The self produced record was recorded in Paris, Italy and the UK
and is currently being mixed by Hugh Padgham."|
From: Music Week
|02-05-1999||On May 18, 1999 Andy will release the Green Chimney's - The Music of Thelonius Monk album. The album features Peter Erskine (drums), David Carpenter (bass) and several other musicians. Sting added his vocal to 'Round Midnight.|
|21-04-1999||On December 31, 1999 Sting will perform yet his only confirmed date for the rest of the year at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Centre in New York City. This show on New Year's Eve is entitled "Celebration 2000". The "VIP tickets" are $2,500, tier 1 is $1,500 and tier 2 is $1000. For American Express Card holders the tickets are on sale now. For all others they go on sale on June 2. You can order tickets at the box office number: 877 3323199.|
|21-04-1999||On Saturday 17-04-1998 the Rainforest Foundation International held its 10th Annual Benefit Concert at the Carnegie Hall in New York City. The performing artists (Sting, Elton John, Billy Joel, Don Henley, Ricky Martin, Sandra Bernard, Billy Murray) performed their own renditions of Frank Sinatra songs. Sting performed Witchcraft and In the Wee Small Hours of the Morning. For the finale, Theme from New York, New York, the artists stood in line, all in black top hats, and did leg kicks along with Tony Bennett and French crooner Charles Aznavour. The show raised more than $2 million for the Rainforest Foundation.|
|22-03-1999||Two new Sting related songs were released recently. Elton John and Tim Rice's Aida features Another Pyramid. The David Sanborn album Inside features Sting on Ain't No Sunshine.|
|24-02-1999||The scheduled Outlandos Tour is cancelled! The band should feature
Stewart on drums, Andy on guitar, Gustavo Cerati on bass together
with five singers and was supposed to perform in Chicago, Los Angeles and
several South American countries. The tour was cancelled because two
of the singers were unable to make the dates and therefore making the tour
On the other hand Andy and Stewart are among the artists and writers which are confirmed to attend the Music Bridges ...Over Troubled Waters project which will take place from March 21st to March 29th, 1999 (postponed from November 1998) in Havana, Cuba. The event is a collaboration between Cuban and foreign artists, bridging cultural divides. The week will end in a concert at the Karl Marx Theatre and will be filmed by PBS.
|05-01-1999||On June 19, 1999 Sting is scheduled to perform at the "Xacobeco 99" festival in Vigo, Spain. Also performing at this festival will be Aerosmith, Luz Casal and some other Spanish artists.|
Update 24-02-1999: The performance by Sting at this festival is cancelled!