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Sting and The Police

Post  misery guts on Fri Dec 11, 2015 3:37 pm

Successful around the turn of the 1980's, the three-piece of Sting, Andy Summers and Stewart Copeland produced a run of great albums with wacky titles, achieved massive success around the world, and then packed it in. Whereafter Sting went solo and released yet more successful albums, and made his mark with environmental campaigns and the like. Both solo and as a band, he has had his music sampled and inspired by other genres. His most recent project was the stage production "The Last Ship", featuring fellow Geordie legend Jimmy Nail and others.

Here are a few of their highspots:

Walking On The Moon (The Police)

Every Breath You Take (The Police)

Russians (Sting)

Fields of Gold (Sting)

The Last Ship (live) (Sting)

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Post  misery guts on Mon Dec 14, 2015 8:36 am

How The Brits Rocked America: Go West
This was a 3-part series looking at how & why so many British acts have tried to make it in America, who succeeded, who failed, and why. The first part looked at the 60's, chiefly the Beatles, and the following British Invasion. The second week looked at the 70's, and how acts like Led Zeppelin eventually proved as big a success, but with a different aim and style. Finally, the third week looked to the 80s', though starting with the Sex Pistols ill-fated US tour, and then acts like The Police and Depeche Mode, and a mention up to date with Coldplay and Adele.

What really impressed about this series were the sheer number of relevant talking heads, many of whom only had about 30 seconds to say their piece, but were all fascinating. Some of the footage, particularly from the 1960s', was quite enlightening, too. Overall, a well-made and sensible series.

Sting: When The Last Ship Sails
Last year Sting released a new album, which is the soundtrack to a proposed stage show, and here was a concert from Oct 2, from the Public Theatre in New York, with help from Jimmy Nail, Jo Lawry and the Wilson Family. The plot is neither here nor there, but the songs were impressive stuff, and the performance was superb.
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Post  misery guts on Mon Dec 14, 2015 8:44 am

Discovering: Sting
The son of a milkman, who left his NE roots to play Spanish guitar in jazz bands, and after meeting Andy Summers and Stewart Copeland, rocked the world with the Police. After he went solo, and discovered the joys of spreading messages of peace, he produced some cathartic albums about his parents (not to mention writing a book), but he continues to be successful, and experimental, even now.

Sting: Live in Berlin
From Sep 21, 2010, with the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra (Sting did George Michael's recent shtick years ago), running through a lengthy show covering his solo highs and some Police material. Branford Marsalis guested on saxophone, whilst Jo Lawry was again a whizz on backing vocals. His between-song banter was also worth hearing.
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Post  misery guts on Mon Dec 14, 2015 9:10 am

The South Bank Show Originals: Sting
Originally from 1996, during the making of his "Mercury Falling" album, Bragg feels that Sting's previous occupation as a teacher is the key to all his later work - whether academic methods, or scorning restrictive musical rules (?). He was also interested that he rejected his destiny of joining his family in the shipyard, and his experiments in soul and jazz show him as a pupil as well as a teacher.

Rock Milestones - The Police - Regatta De Blanc
As much the story of their 1st album, and less on their later ones, this featured original guitarist Henry Padovani which was interesting. RdB was their peak album, with 2 #1 singles in the UK, turning them from a middle-of-the-road feature to top-of-the-bill. But their combined musicianship ultimately couldn't save them as Sting pulled away on his own journey.
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Post  misery guts on Tue Dec 15, 2015 8:12 am

Bryn Terfel at 50
Popular Welsh tenor has lengthy extravaganza show at the Royal Albert Hall, marking his half-century, with Michael Sheen as MC, and performances from guests such as Alison Balsom, Only Men Aloud, Aleksandr Antonenko, Ksenija Sidorova, Hannah Waddingham, and most notably Sting. Sting sang "When We Dance" alone, and then duetted with Bryn, inevitably, on "Roxanne".
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Post  misery guts on Thu Sep 08, 2016 7:31 am

Sting has a new album coming out in November, called "57th and 9th":

I Can't Stop Thinking About You (live)

Also another compilation coming at the end of this month.
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Post  misery guts on Thu Sep 15, 2016 6:49 am

Sting to receive new award:

BMI Icon
Sting is to join the likes of Ray Davies, Van Morrison and Sir Tim Rice when he becomes one of the recipients of the BMI Icon award next month.

The star will be honoured for his contribution to music, as well as his acting and humanitarian work.
What luck to coincide this with his new album, eh? Razz
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Post  misery guts on Fri Nov 04, 2016 9:07 am

Sting will play a concert on the eve of the 1st anniversary of the Bataclan tragedy, at the venue as it reopens:
on 12th November
British singer Sting is to reopen the Bataclan music venue in Paris the day before the first anniversary of the attack that killed 90 concertgoers.
The former Police frontman will perform there on Saturday 12 November.
He said he wanted to "remember and honour those who lost their lives" and "to celebrate the life and the music that this historic theatre represents".
The venue has been shut since Islamist gunmen stormed a gig by US rock band Eagles of Death Metal last November.
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Post  misery guts on Sun Nov 13, 2016 9:21 am

Sting's gig at Bataclan went well enough.

His new album was released on Friday.
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Post  misery guts on Wed May 24, 2017 7:56 am

Brian Johnson's A Life on the Road: Sting
A far chattier hour than the previous ones, from their meeting in New York, throughout their van ride to their destination, the former CBGBs, and even in their final spot, Phebe's Bar & Grill. Sting was drawn to American records even as a child, and inspired by others from his area who had made it, from Bruce Welch to Eric Burdon. He learnt his chops in bands around Newcastle, then moved to London where he was picked for the Police by Stewart Copeland, and they gigged endlessly to get attention. They repeated this format in America, where it worked, though their success was glacial rather than meteoric. Having felt he'd no more challenges in the Police, he left to start all over again. He was moved to do the Bataclan reopening gig (a topic unfortunately all the more topical this week).
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