News 1997-1998

[Updated: May 24, 1999]

This page contains news (from the period 1997-1998) of anything which is related to The Police. The date refers to the day the information was added to this page. A lot of the information is taken from The Police Mailing List. Please contact me when you have any interesting news to add to this page.

18-12-1998Sting'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).
25-11-1998On 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!

A few days ago Miles Copeland was interviewed by Rock&Pop FM Radio in Buenos Aires (for the promotion of the album Outlandos d'Americas: A Rock En Espanol Tribute to The Police). He revealed that he is currently working on a new project: The Outlandos Band. This band should feature Stewart on drums, Andy on guitar, Gustavo Cerati on bass together with five singers (Enrique Bunbury, Soraya, Saul Hernandez, Gustavo and probably one of Ekhymosis). According to Miles this band will perform in Los Angeles, Mexico, Chile, Colombia, Argentina and Spain. Miles: "In the same way The Police opened up punk music from England to the United States, perhaps Stewart and Andy can open up Latin American rock to the United States and the rest of the world. In some ways it's a crazy idea to do this.... The Police from day One was a crazy idea."

Andy Summers and Gustavo Cerati (February 1998).

27-10-1998In 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
21-10-1998On 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.
Sting has co-written (with Trevor Jones) the theme song The Mighty to promote the movie with the same title (starring Sharon Stone). There is also a promo video (directed by the Italian Stefano Salvati) which shows Sting in medieval clothes recorded near his house in Tuscany, Italy in September 1998.

21-10-1998In 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.
21-10-1998Recently 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."
02-10-1998On September 15, 1998 the compilation album Retrospective of Andy was released in the USA.
02-08-1998Sting 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
11-07-1998It's rumoured that September will see the release of the book Demolition Man about Sting. The author of this book is Christopher Sanford.
11-07-1998Stewart is to be honored at the second annual Hollywood Film Festival for his work scoring motion pictures on August 10, 1998.
21-06-1998The 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.
21-06-1998The reggea tribute album Reggatta Mondatta 2 will soon be released by Ark 21 (Miles Copeland's label). Here is the complete tracklisting:
  1. Don't Stand So Close To Me - Louchie Lou & Michie One
  2. So Lonely - Aswad
  3. King of Pain - Inner Circle
  4. Man In A Suitcase - Big Mountain
  5. When The World Is Running Down - The British Link
  6. Demolition Man - Rayvon featuring Shaggy
  7. Rehumanize Yourself - Freddie McGregor
  8. Bring On The Night - Bim Sherman
  9. De Do Do Do, De Da Da Da - Third World
  10. Canary In A Coalmine - Toots and the Maytals
The cover of the album is a varation on the cover of the Synchronicity album.
18-06-1998In 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.
18-06-1998It 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.
In July 1997 Sting performed at the Midtfynsfestival in Denmark and together with many other artists he made a painting there. These paintings are put up for action this month by a Danish radiostation. The money will be donated to a fund for the treatment of patients suffering from AIDS.

Sting's painting.

03-05-1998 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.
03-05-1998The 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.
06-04-1998Sting 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.
23-03-1998A&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.
23-03-1998Sting, 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.
23-03-1998Miles 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.
11-02-1998On 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:
  • Shola Ama with Craig Armstrong - Someday I'll Find You
  • The Divine Comed - Marvellous Party
  • Marianne Faithfull - Mad About The Boy
  • Bryan Ferry - I'll See You Again
  • Elton John - Twentieth Century Blues
  • Paul McCartney - A Room With A View
  • Pet Shop Boys - Sail Away
  • Vic Reeves - Mrs Worthington
  • Sting - I'll Follow My Secret Heart
  • Suede (featuring Raissa) - Poor Little Rich Girl
  • Texas - Parisian Pierrot
  • Robbie Williams - There Are Bad Times Just Around The Corner
28-01-1998Although 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 for more information.
18-12-1997National 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.
11-12-1997On 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").
On Monday Dec. 8, 1997 Sting, Madonna and Elton John were among the stars at a fund-raising gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City to honour the late fashion designer Gianni Versace. Sting sang three songs at this event.

Sting and Trudie arriving at the Metropolitan Museum [BBC News]

11-12-1997Monday Dec. 8, 1997 saw the release of the following Roxanne '97 - Puff Daddy Remix items in the UK:
  • Roxanne '97 - Puff Daddy Remix
    Walking On The Moon (Roger Sanchez EVA Mix)
    Walking On The Moon (Roger Sanchez Darkside Of The Moon Mix)

    UK - 582 455 2 - PS - 5" CDs

  • Roxanne '97 - Puff Daddy Remix
    Walking On The Moon (Roger Sanchez EVA Mix)
    Walking On The Moon (Roger Sanchez Darkside Of The Moon Mix)
    Walking On The Moon (Roger Sanchez Darkside Of The Dub)

    UK - 582 455 1 - PS - 12"

  • Roxanne '97 - Puff Daddy Remix
    Walking On The Moon (Roger Sanchez EVA Mix)
    UK - 582 454 4 - PS - cassette single

Hot Licks! has released a music instructional 2-video box set of Andy. It contains a 44 page book and the total length is over 150 minutes. It is sold for $49.95 (for both the NTSC and PAL format) and can be ordered by filling in the order form on the Hot Licks! site (catalogue number: VGS201). "This is your chance to study with one of Rock guitar's all time influential masters. Andy shows you all the incredible parts he played with The Police, as well as the more esoteric and avant garde styles he's also perfected. Jazz is also heavily covered as well as his approach to composition and so much more. Many points are illustrated through live performance".

Hot Licks video

02-12-1997Sting 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.
Andy has his own site on the Internet: Andy Summers Online. Check it out! It contains the latest tourdates, photos and several interesting stories.

17-11-1997Friday Nov. 14, 1997 saw the release of three German CD-singles of Roxanne '97 - Puff Daddy Remix:
  • Roxanne '97 - Puff Daddy Remix (4.33)
    All This Time (4.54)

    GER - 582 422 2 - PS - 5" CDs; "CD 2 titles"

  • Roxanne '97 - Puff Daddy Remix (4.33)
    All This Time (4.54)
    Spirits In The Material World (2.58)
    Fortress Around Your Heart (4.36)

    GER - 582 423 2 - PS - 5" CDs

  • Roxanne '97 - Puff Daddy Remix (4.33)
    We'll Be Together (4.52)
    Wrapped Around Your Finger (5.12)
    Why Should I Cry For You? (4.50)

    GER - 582 425 2 - PS - 5" CDs; gatefold PS
The artwork of these releases is almost identical. A photo of The Police taken to promote the Synchronicity album is used for the cover. The CD-single which has a gatefold PS also has a photo of Sting (same as the album cover for The Very Best Of Sting & The Police) on the inside.
10-11-1997The 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.
03-11-1997Sting 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"!
03-11-1997The 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
28-10-1997Sting 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
23-10-1997Sting 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
14-10-1997On Friday Oct. 31, 1997 Sting will perform at a tribute for the late Carlos Jobim at the Carnegie Hall in New York City.
14-10-1997Former 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.
08-10-1997On 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.
The Last Dance Of Mr. X

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:

  • Big Thing
  • Strange Earth
  • The Three Marias
  • Afro Blue
  • The Last Dance of Mr. X
  • Lonely Woman
  • We See
  • Rumplestiltskin
  • The Somnambulist
  • Footprints
  • Goodbye Porkpie Hat
  • Andy Summers
  • Bernie Dresel
  • Gregg Bissonette
  • Jerry Watts
  • Tony Levin

From: BMG Classics World
30-09-1997On 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.
Sting and Toby Keith performing

Sting and Toby Keith announcing winner

22-09-1997On 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.
22-09-1997British 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.
From: Infobeat
22-09-1997On 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.
Mark Knopfler, Paul McCartney, George Martin and Sting
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Sting, Mark Knopfler and Eric Clapton during the Music For Montserrat benefit
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12-09-1997Stewart 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].
12-09-1997Sting, 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
12-09-1997On 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...
12-09-1997On 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.
10-09-1997Track listing of the forthcoming Best of The Police and Sting album (17-tracks):
  • Message In A Bottle
  • Can't Stand Losing You
  • Englishman In New York
  • Every Breath You Take
  • Seven Days
  • Walking On The Moon
  • Fields Of Gold
  • Fragile
  • Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic
  • De Do Do Do De Da Da Da
  • If You Love Somebody Set Them Free
  • Russians
  • When We Dance (edit)
  • Don't Stand So Close To Me
  • Roxanne
  • Let Your Soul Be Your Pilot (edit)
  • Walking On The Moon (Puff Daddy remix)
Release dates: 18th September in Japan (POCM-1552), 29th September in USA and 13th October in the UK. The record will be available on CD, Cassette and LP and on A&M Records. The Japanese release will have a free 3" cd single of De Do Do Do De Da Da Da.
From: Lithium Sunset
22-08-1997An 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.
22-08-1997In 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.
01-08-1997Walt 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.
31-07-1997On 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.
31-07-1997Andy 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.
31-07-1997In 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.
16-05-1997Sting 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.
14-05-1997 Sting will perform at several European festivals this summer.

June 1997
Date LocaleVenue
Fri.20 Hessentag,Germany Korbach Festival
Sat.21 Verona,Italy Arena
Sun.22 Assisi,Italy Stadium
Wed.25 Reykjavik,Iceland Laugardalshollin
Fri.27 Moscow,Russia Dynamo Stadium
Sat.28 Turku,Finland Festival
Sun.29 Glastonbury,UK Festival

July 1997
Date LocaleVenue
Fri.04 Midtfyns,Denmark Festival
Sat.05 Aachen,Germany Katschenhof Festival
Sun.06 Bad Mergentheim,Germany Sclobhof Castle
Fri.11 Fraunefeld,Switzerland Out In The Green
Sat.12 Lienz,Austria Town Square
Sun.13 Pula,Croatia Roman Arena

From: Firstars Artist Management
06-05-1997As 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 pre-stardom outfit.
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
06-05-1997July 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
06-05-1997On 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:
  • Waters of Tyne - Sting and Jimmy Nail
  • An Gaoth Aneas (The Winds from the South) - The Chieftains
  • Dream Angus - Annie Lennox
  • Va pensiero (Fly, thoughts) - Zucchero
  • Sweet and Low - Bette Midler
  • Tu scendi dalle stelle (You came down from the stars) - Luciano Pavarotti
  • Abide with Me - Elton John
  • All Through the Night - Shawn Colvin
  • Lapwony - Geoffrey Oryema
  • Freedom - Madonna
  • No voy a dejarte arder (I will not let you burn) - Ruben Blades
  • Ufomeni Uyangithanda - Johnny Clegg
  • Ten Years - Paul Simon
  • Nkosi Sikelel' i Afrika (Lord bless Africa) - Sharon Katz & The Peace Train
  • I bought me a cat - James Taylor
  • Le Caraval Des Animaux (The Carnival of the Animals) - [track 16-29]
  • Row, row, row your boat - Tina Turner
06-05-1997On 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.

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