The superstar of all superstars, namely Sting, keeps on touring like crazy. Later this year, he is scheduled to invade Germany and Austria. Tickets are selling like warm bagels.
The metamorphosis of Mr. Gordon Sumner, who dumped his conventional name long ago and replaced it with Sting, is just as fascinating as his work. People can like or dislike his music, but nobody can deny that most sounds he has delivered are part of the high quality rubric in Rock, Pop and Folk music.
On the Dark Side
The only problem Sting’s hits have, no matter whether it is ‘Roxanne’ or ‘Englishman in New York’, is that they have been played on the radio stations of the world far too much. Of course 99.9 percent of all Pop and Rock musicians in the world would kill if they had to, if only they could have this problem instead of their own.
In the 1980s, when it all started, musical quality was still an important aspect. In this regard, Sting’s band The Police actually did not get to the highest level in 1978, when they released their first album entitled ‘Outlandos D’Amour’. This record attracted people because of the mood, drive and energy it transported.
‘Inner Secrets’, the Santana album released that same year, contained more fancy compositions and stunning performances, while what The Police came up with was partially on the dark side, meaning some tunes were even Punk-influenced, such as ‘Truth Hits Everybody’. And ‘Roxanne’ was louder and more conspicuous than ‘Stormy’.
The Man Who Stuck Out
Besides, The Police consisted of three new guys on the block who attracted young girls with their sex appeal too. Whatever the interpretation of The Police’s first album might be: It was very successful. It literally exploded. Almost everyone in the world will identify ‘Roxanne’, while only die-hard Santana fans would remember ‘Stormy’.
In articles about genius musicians like Sting, it usually says “he grew up in a musical family”. Well, he did not. His mother was a hairdresser and his father an engineer and milk man. The Northern Counties College of Education in Northumberland was not exactly Julliard. Sting was a bus driver and teacher, and music became a priority when he attended Cream and Manfred Mann gigs. He started singing with Jazz acts at night, since his unique voice and stage presence always stuck out.
From 1977 to 1983, for six years, Sting was an integral part of the big ride The Police had. Five studio albums and countless world tours kept the guys busy. Sting was their main composer and front man on the bass. While his bass playing seemed rather simplistic for a while, his voice always killed it.
It’s Probably Him
In 1983, the year The Police released ‘Synchronicity’, Sting was on stage the moment he decided to leave the band in order to become a solo artists. By then, the group had already dumped their more aggressive Punk sounds. They fit the Pop music world even better than six years earlier. As a solo performer, Sting became the singer/songwriter he just had to become.
He got into composing even more and hired the best studio musicians on Earth, including Omar Hakim, one of the most versatile drummers who had played with everyone, including Madonna, and Nile Rogers’ Funk band Chic. The man in the center of it all became one of the two biggest superstars of the 1980s, and it even lasted until today.
‘Fragile’, ‘It’s Probably Me’, whatever he composed and came up with, hit the world like a bomb. His pieces were played by radio stations until listeners got sick of them, and they were interpreted by fellow artists. The nicest cover of ‘It’s Probably Me’ was delivered by Vanessa Rubin many years ago.
U.S. Gigs in Theaters
Let’s hit the fast forward button or this article will never end: Sting has recorded a dozen studio albums so far. As an actor, he played in quite a few movies and TV shows. As a Chess player, he lost against Garry Kasparov. In short: There is nothing the superstar cannot do.
There are three words this brilliant article just needs to contain. They are ‘Eighteen’, ‘Grammy’ and ‘Awards’, in this order. Of course he was nominated for many more and drowned in a million other awards, including an American Music Award, Brit Awards and, as you can imagine, a whole lot of other prizes.
Sting is playing the Ahmanson Theater in Los Angeles tonight, and almost every night for the next three weeks, because he can. In February, he will do the Golden Gate Theater in San Francisco just as many times before moving on to the National Theater in Washington D.C.. Sting seems to be sick of huge halls, and obviously wants smaller venues for special gigs.
German and Austrian Gigs
Now we are finally getting to the best part this article: Why did we even publish it? Because he is coming. No, not Jesus, but Sting. To Germany and Austria. Hallelujah. The whole thing is scheduled to start in Dresden, one of the nicest cities in Germany, on June 12th, 2020. Cologne will follow on June 15th.
Erfurt, Neu-Ulm, Halle (Westfalen): He will do them all. A city called Berlin is on the tour plan. It will be June 29th. Munich, Bonn, Würzburg and Mainz are next. Guess what: There is more. Tüssling, Oberhausen, Hamburg, the northern beauty, and Leipzig are covered as well, before none other than Sting hits the Austrian city of Linz on July 26th, 2020.
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