05-11-2001 / London / BBC Radio Theatre (recording of BBC Radio2 Special) / UK
• Attendance: 200.
On 05-11-2001 at 7.30pm Sting recorded a BBC Radio2 Special before a studio audience. Around 200 guests and competition winners gathered in the intimate art-deco style BBC Radio Theatre in London's Portland Place. David Hartley was replaced by Jason Rebello. B.J. Cole joined during this set. The absentee of Christian McBride meant that Sting returned to his bass for duration of the whole set.
After Richard Allinson's introduction Sting opened his set with his new arrangement of If You Love Somebody Set Them Free in which both Jason Rebello and BJ Cole excelled. During Hounds of Winter Abe Laboriel had a snare drum replaced without missing a beat.
Before Don't Stand So Close To Me Sting took a seat and told the audience how he and the band had followed tradition at the famous theatre by all wearing their tuxedo's and complementing the audience on their tasteful dress sense too. His faded green tee-shirt gave away the joke.
During I'm So Happy I Can't Stop Crying Kipper played the rhythm guitar on a Strat.
The performance was broadcasted by BBC Radio 2 on 01-12-2001.
Sting - vocals, bass
Dominic Miller - guitar
Jason Rebello - piano
Jeff Young - Hammond organ
Kipper - keyboards and guitar
B.J. Cole - pedal steel guitar
Abe Laboriel Jr - drums
Guy Barker - trumpet
Clark Gayton - trombone
Miles Bould - percussion
Katreese Barnes - backing vocals
Janice Pendarvis - backing vocals
The core band were augmented by alto and tenor saxophone players.