|18-12-1998||Sting's next studio album is scheduled for release on May 11, 1999. No more details at this moment, except that it will not be released on A&M Records, because the label doesn't excist anymore. PolyGram which owned A&M Records (as well as Island, Mercury, Motown, and Def Jam) was bought by Seagrams (owners of Universal, MCA, Interscope and Geffen).|
|25-11-1998||On Friday November 13, 1998 Kenny Kirkland was found dead in his appartment in Springfield Gardens, NY.
Kenny Kirkland was born in Newport, NY on September 28, 1955. He started playing piano at age six and later studied at the Manhattan School of Music. Among his early jobs were playing with Michal Urbaniak (on electric keyboards) during 1977, Miroslav Vitous (1979), Terumasa Hino and Elvin Jones. Influenced by Herbie Hancock, Kenny was well-featured in Wynton Marsalis' band in the period from 1981-1985. In 1985 he departured to play with Sting (along with Branford Marsalis) on two studio albums and during two extensive worldtours. After leaving Sting in 1988, "The Professor" did many jobs as a session musician. In 1990 he released his first and only album for GRP. In the early '90s he joined the Tonight Show band (under the direction of Branford Marsalis). In May 1995 he joined Sting again for a short Japanese tour and also played on Mercury Falling, which was recorded in the summer of that year. Again he joined Sting on his latest world tour.
Goodbye Doc, may you rest in peace! I miss you already!
|27-10-1998||In between his other current projects Andy is recording an album exclusively
of Thelonius Monk music to be released on RCA Victor early next year. It features Peter Erskine & David Carpenter on drums & bass respectively. Other musical luminairies will be added over the next couple of months -
including Sting who has already added his vocal to 'Round Midnight.|
From: Andy Summers Online
|21-10-1998||On October 14, 1998 both Andy and Stewart joined Saul Hernandez (of the Jaguares) during a show at the House of Blues in Los Angeles. They performed Does Everyone Stare, Demolition Man and Message In a Bottle.|
|21-10-1998||In 1999 the compilation album Elaborate Lives (the Story of Aida) (a Disney cartoon movie) will be released. It will feature Sting, Elton John, LeAnn Rimes, the Spice Girls and others.|
|21-10-1998||Recently the oversized, full color and hardback book "Shape of My Heart - Poem by Sting / Art by Picasso" was published. The description reads in part:|
"Sting's lyrics from his amazing song echo the feelings of an entire generation. Here is a true love song for the 1990s, full of ambiguities, self-doubt, hope, and mysticism. In Sting's vision, we discover that the truth of the heart is often masked by forces beyond our control. These are words that reverberate with feeling, much like the images painted by the ever-controvercial Picasso. Both these artists share the ability to make the world see itself in a new light."
|02-10-1998||On September 15, 1998 the compilation album Retrospective of Andy was released in the USA.|
|02-08-1998||Sting appears on Krishna Das new album "Pilgrim Heart" which is due for
release on September 15. Krishna Das specializes in a mix of contemporary world
music and Hindu devotional chants. Sting sings on Mountain Hare Krishna and plays bass on Ring Song.|
From: Billboard magazine
|11-07-1998||It's rumoured that September will see the release of the book Demolition Man about Sting. The author of this book is Christopher Sanford.|
|11-07-1998||Stewart is to be honored at the second annual Hollywood Film Festival for his work scoring motion pictures on August 10, 1998.|
|21-06-1998||The soundtrack The X-Files: The Album (Elektra; 7559-62266-2) was recently been released. It features a cover of Invisible Sun performed by Aswad and Sting. There are rumours that the song will be released as the second single from the album (after the release of the track from the Foo Fighters). Sting and Aswad also made a video for Invisible Sun, which was broadcasted in the US during a "making of the X-Files movie" special. In the video Sting seems to have a lot of fun: he is smiling brightly, bouncing a lot and hand-miming a gun to his head during the "by killing everybody in the human race" lyric.|
|21-06-1998||The reggea tribute album Reggatta Mondatta 2 will soon be released by Ark 21 (Miles
Copeland's label). Here is the complete tracklisting:|
|18-06-1998||In September A&M will re-release each of Sting's solo albums, digitally remastered (where it applies) and as enhanced cd's. That means each will include at least one video that can be played on cd rom. They will be released outside the U.S.|
|18-06-1998||It is rumoured that Sting has co-written and performed the theme song to the soundtrack of Sharon Stone's movie, "The Mighty". The movie is due to be released in October.|
Sting has written the song Black And White Army (Bringing The Pride Back Home) to support Newcastle United
towards the FA Cup triumph versus Arsenal on May 16 at Wembley Stadium in London. The song will be released on May 11
and is sung by London-based Geordie singer Ryan Molloy, who recorded the song on April 20.
The chorus will be supplied by 250 volunteer fans.|
Newcastle United approached London company 19 International Sports Management, set up by Simon Fuller, former manager of The Spice Girls, to produce a Cup Final song. The company's Mike McCormack contacted Sting to ask if he would write it. Two days later he came back with Black And White Army (Bringing The Pride Back Home), but didn't have time to record it.
|03-05-1998||The song Sting will contribute to the soundtrack of the upcoming X-Files movie is Invisible Sun together with the reggae artist Aswad. The album will be released on June 2, 1998 in the U.S. and Canada. The movie opens on June 19, 1998.|
|06-04-1998||Sting performs You Were Meant For Me on the soundtrack album for the movie "The Object Of My Affection" which was released on March 24, 1998. The Ark21 WWW-page contains an sample of the song.|
|23-03-1998||A&M Records is joining in with A&M Vision, a Dolby Digital
5.1-channel music video sampler featuring performances by Sting, Sheryl
Crow, Soundgarden, Mint Condition, Bryan Adams, Ashley MacIsaac, Suzanne
Vega, Sounds of Blackness, Dishwalla, and Jonny Lang. While not yet
commercially available, it is expected that A&M will release this disc to
the public soon.|
|23-03-1998||Sting, U2, Beck and others are reported to be featured on the soundtrack of the upcoming film version of The X-Files. No details whether Sting will contribute new material. The record will probably be released near the end of June 1998.|
|23-03-1998||Miles Copeland's label ARK21 will release an album called "Outlandos d'America". The album features covers of Police songs by several Latin American bands. The Argentinian guitarist Gustavo Cerati (former member of Soda Stereo) recorded a Spanish version of Bring on the Night in Los Angeles and was accompanied by Andy Summers and Vinnie Colaiuta! It is also reported that Stewart will contribute a song with Saul Hernandez.|
|11-02-1998||On April 13, 1998 the tribute album 20th Century Blues to Noel Coward will be released in the UK.
The album features one song by Sting. Here is the complete tracklisting:|
|28-01-1998||Although CyberSleaze announced that Sting and Vince Gill were due to present the 40th Annual GRAMMY Awards ceremony at the Radio City Music Hall in New York City on February 25th 1998, this was later withdrawn. It's now reported that Grammer Kelsey will host the show. Check out www.grammy.com for more information.|
|18-12-1997||National Public Radio's WEEKEND EDITION SUNDAY will air an interview and in-studio performance with ANDY SUMMERS this Sunday, December 21 at 9:40 am ET, repeated at 11:40 and 1:40. Please check with your local NPR station for exact broadcast time.|
|11-12-1997||On Wednesday Dec. 10, 1997 Sting was interviewed live by Kevin Greening and Zoe Ball on the Breakfast Show of BBC Radio One. He talked about the Versace gala, the film "Lock, Stock and Smoking Barrels", the album The Very Best Of Sting & The Police ("It was the record company's idea"), a possible reunion of The Police ("No, we are not going to get back together") and phobias ("The more I fly, the less I like it").|
|11-12-1997||Monday Dec. 8, 1997 saw the release of the following Roxanne '97 - Puff Daddy Remix items in the UK:|
|02-12-1997||Sting is currently filming the new movie "Lock, Stock and Smoking Barrels". The movie apparently started filming in Bow, London recently and is directed by Guy Ritchie. Sting co-stars with Nick Moran, Jason Flemying, Jason Statham, Frank Harper and Laua Bailey.|
|17-11-1997||Friday Nov. 14, 1997 saw the release of three German CD-singles of Roxanne '97 - Puff Daddy Remix:|
|10-11-1997||The CD-single Roxanne '97 - Puff Daddy Remix from the album The Very Best Of Sting & The Police is due to be released in the UK on December 8, 1997. The CD-single will also feature a remix of Walking On The Moon by Roger Sanchez.|
|03-11-1997||Sting is on the cover of the December issue of the UK-magazine VOX. The 4-page interview was done at the MTV awards in NYC last September, and the other in the pub a short walk from Lake House in Wiltshire. Sting talks about the MTV awards, the remix of Roxanne, drugs and the deaths of Versace and Diana. When asked about a possible reunion of The Police he answered: "Reunion - that's bullshit. I'd rather die"!|
|03-11-1997||The Top10 of the richest British rock stars according to Business Age magazine (Oct. 1997):|
1. David Bowie - $917 million
2. Sir Paul McCartney - $868 million
3. Tom Jones - $459 million
4. Phil Collins - $367 million
5. Elton John - $333 million
6. Mick Jagger - $225 million
7. Eric Clapton - $200 million
8. George Harrison - $175 million
9. Sting - $161 million
10. Keith Richards - $160 million
|28-10-1997||Sting deal pays off for EMI publishing|
EMI's recent global publishing deal with Sting helped it extend its lead at the top of the publishing market shares during the third quarter. The company, which won the worldwide rights to the singer/songwriter's entire catalogue in July, saw its share increasing in the period to 23.0%.
From: Music Week
|23-10-1997||Sting has given a check for $1,600 to help a child
cancer victim. Brave six-year-old THOMAS STEWART set up an appeal
after learning that he was suffering from leukaemia, despite
facing months of difficult chemotherapy. And the kind-hearted
singer's donation boosted the fund up to an astonishing $35,000.
Thomas, who has now been given the all-clear says, "I can't
believe a star as famous as Sting has sent all this money."|
From: The Vibe Sleaze
|14-10-1997||On Friday Oct. 31, 1997 Sting will perform at a tribute for the late Carlos Jobim at the Carnegie Hall in New York City.|
|14-10-1997||Former Police drummer Stewart Copeland and his brothers are opening a themed rock restaurant in Beverly Hills. The wittily-monickered Backstage Cafe will be filled with more than 25 years of music memorabilia, gold records and backsage passes. Says Stewart's business partner Ian Copeland,
"This is the first restaurant owned by people in the music industry for the music industry."|
From: UK's Channel 4 Teletext.
|08-10-1997||On Oct. 21, 1997 PolyGram will release the Cdsingle I'm So Happy I Can't Stop Crying of Toby Keith. The song features Sting on vocals and bass. The orginal version of this song appeared on Sting's album Mercury Falling.|
Andy Summers' new album The Last Dance of Mr. X (U.S. 09026-68937-2; EURO 09026-68937-2) which is due for release on Oct. 14, 1997 by BMG contains the following tracks:
From: BMG Classics World
|30-09-1997||On 24-09-1997 Sting joined Toby Keith band for a performance of I'm So Happy I Can't Stop Crying at the 31st Annual CMA Awards in Nashville, TN. They were backed by the nominees for the Musician Of The Year award: Eddie Bayers (drums), Paul Franklin (steel guitar), Brent Mason (guitar), Matt Rollings (keyboards) and Brent Rowan (guitar). Guitarist Brent Mason finally won the award.|
|22-09-1997||On September 23th, 1997 A&M Records will release the album A Very Special Christmas 3. Sting's contribution to this album is the previous unreleased I Saw 3 Ships.|
|22-09-1997||British pop stars seek release of Tibet musician|
British pop stars on Tuesday [September 16, 1997] called on China to release Tibetan music scholar Ngawang Choephel, jailed for 18 years for spying. The musicians, including Sir Paul McCartney, Sting and David Bowie, signed a petition marking the second anniversary of his arrest. "The Chinese showed last week a certain willingness to gain approval by releasing Tibetan prisoners before international meetings," said Alison Reynolds, director of the Free Tibet Campaign. China granted early releases to 111 prisoners, some jailed for revolutionary crimes.
|22-09-1997||On Monday September 15, 1997 Sting performed at the Music For Montserrat concert at the Royal Albert Hall in London. Together with Mark Knopfler, Eric Clapton and Phil Collins he performed Money For Nothing. Later Sting and Dominic Miller performed a set of three acoustic songs: Message In A Bottle, Fields Of Gold and Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic. The show ended when all artists joined Paul McCartney for Hey Jude and an unrehearsed version of Kansas City. The event was organized by the Geroge Martin and raised about one million pounds to help the people of the stricken volcanic island.
|12-09-1997||Stewart has got his own page on the Internet now: Official Stewart Copeland Website. Until now there isn't much information on this page. There are several links to Music Boulevard. At one of these links you can download Stewart's new track: Central Park Thrash [Dolby Digital Download (4 Mb, 23 min. DL), $0.99].|
|12-09-1997||Sting, Bryan Adams, Rolling Stones, Phil Collins, Seal, Eric Clapton and Paul McCartney are among the musicians who have agreed to perform on a tribute album to Princess Diana. The album, to be released before Christmas, will also include the new version of Candle in the Wind, sung by Elton John at Diana's funeral. Tenor Luciano Pavarotti has also been contacted about contributing a song. Annie Lennox and Peter Gabriel will be executive producers of the album and will contribute new songs of their own|
|12-09-1997||On October 15th, 1997 Japan will see the release of the album Sting In Cinema (POCM-1553). The album includes All For One, Shape Of My Heart, Demolition Man, Someone To Watch Over Me, Moonlight and more...|
|12-09-1997||On October 7th, 1997 Verve will release saxophonist Joe Henderson's Porgy and Bess album. The album includes contributions by Sting on It Ain't Necessarily So and by Chaka Khan on Summertime.|
|10-09-1997||Track listing of the forthcoming Best of The Police and Sting album (17-tracks):|
From: Lithium Sunset
|22-08-1997||An upcoming tribute album to The Beatles, compiled by producer George Martin, will include contributions by Sting, Eric Clapton, Mark Knopfler, Elton John, Celine Dion and Paul McCartney.|
|22-08-1997||In July 1997 Sting rerecorded Walking On The Moon and asked Puff Daddy to remix the song after the success of I'll Be Missing You, Puff Daddy's Number One in the US and UK in the summer of 1997. That track borrowed heavily from Every Breath You Take and is reported to have made Sting more than £400,000 in royalties. The rerecorded Walking On The Moon will be released on the 14-tracks album "The Very Best Of Sting And The Police" in the US in 09-1997 and 10-1997 in the UK.|
|01-08-1997||Walt Disney has made a deal with Sting to compose songs for "Kingdom of the Sun," a new animated film project that will feature the voice of David Spade.|
|31-07-1997||On Monday Sept. 15, 1997 Sting, Paul McCartney, Mark Knopfler, Elton John and Eric Clapton will perform in aid of the Montserrat Volcano Victims at The Royal Albert Hall in London.|
|31-07-1997||Andy Summers will release his new album, The Last Dance of Mr. X, on Oct. 14, 1997. The album features five of his compositions alongside standards by Wayne Shorter, Charles Mingus and Horace Silver.|
|31-07-1997||In the third week of July Sting signed a £20m deal with EMI Music Publishing for the worldwide publishing rights to his entire catalogue. This brought Sting's publishing under one worldwide deal for the first time. The deal covers all Sting and Police works past, present and future.|
|16-05-1997||Sting appears on the song Jump Up Behind Me from James Taylor's latest album Hourglass (Columbia; 487748 2). He sings a few lines of the song together with James. On the album you'll also find contributions by Branford Marsalis, Stevie Wonder, Michael Brecker and Shawn Colvin.|
Sting will perform at several European festivals this summer.|
From: Firstars Artist Management
|06-05-1997||As part of a 20th anniversary celebration of The Police,
Sting's label, Panagea, in cooperation with Ark 21 (run by
Copeland's brother, ex-I.R.S. Records head Miles
Copeland, who also manages Sting), will be releasing an
album called Police Academy (July 29th, 1997) from the group's
Formed in 1976 by the trio and ex-Gong prog rocker Mike Howlett, Strontium 90 never got a chance to release any albums before the group mutated into the Police, but this 10-song compilation, based on tapes the members had stored and forgotten about for years, collects some never-before-released live material and demos that shed considerable light on the rock & reggae sound that would make the Police superstars.
Three of the songs (Electron Romance, Lady of Delight and Three O'Clock Shot) are from a May 28, 1976 show that took place in a circus tent in Paris in front of a crowd of 6,000 who had come to see various ex-Gong members performing with their new bands. The rest of the songs were produced by Howlett, who also played bass and include New World Blues, Towers Tumble, Visions of the Night (which appeared on The Police's 1993 four-disc set Message in a Box), studio versions of the live tracks and the first demo of Every Little Thing She Does is Magic.
A source at Panagea said the Every Little Thing She Does is Magic demo was recorded on a 4-track at Howlett's studio by Sting, who was eager to get the song on tape while it was fresh in his mind. "He went to Howlett's studio and played everything on the song," explained the source. "He recorded it with a cheap microphone, using an acoustic guitar and an African drum because he wanted to get it down as fast as possible."
From: Addicted To Noise
|06-05-1997||July 29th, 1997 will also see the release of an all-reggae tribute to The Police called Regatta Mondatta, also on Pangea/Ark 21. The featured tracks are: Aswad (Roxanne), Chaka
Demus and Pliers (Every Little Thing She Does is Magic),
Betty Wright (Every Breath You Take), Pato Banton
featuring Sting (Spirits in the Material World), Shinehead
(Jamaican in New York), Ziggy Marley and Sting (One
World (Not Three)), Maxi Priest (Message in a Bottle),
Steel Pulse (Can't Stand Losing You), Los Pericos
(Darkness), Sly & Robbie featuring Amblique (Walking
on the Moon), Sheila Hylton (The Bed's Too Big Without
You) and Jazz Jamaica featuring Courtney Pine with an
instrumental version of Wrapped Around Your Finger.|
From: Addicted To Noise
|06-05-1997||On April 29th, 1997 the compilation album Carnival was released in the USA. This album was produced by Trudie and was recorded to raise funds for the The Rainforest Foundation UK. The album contains the following songs:|
|06-05-1997||On April 6th, 1997 Sting attended Elton John's (delayed) birthday party at the Hammersmith Palais in London. The guest list also included Mick Jagger, Arnold Schwarzenegger, George Michael, The Pet Shop Boys, former members of Take That and Sylvester Stallone.|