Best known as the frontman of the new wave rock band, The Police, Sting is one of the most iconic English musicians of the modern era. He was the main songwriter, bassist and the lead vocalist for the band before starting his solo career in 1985. And his solo career has been equally successful.
He has collaborated with an eclectic mix of stars, including sitar player Anoushka Shankar, Grammy winner, Mary J Blige and Cuban legends Buena Vista Social Club. And now, the English singer is all set to perform in the US and Europe. Grab you Sting tickets at the earliest and get ready to be wowed by the musical talents of one of the most respected musicians in the industry. Tickets are running out fast, so get yours as quickly as you can!
Born Gordon Matthew Thomas Sumner in 1952 in England, Sting was the eldest of four children. He developed an early interest in music and the glamorous life of celebrities. And it wasn’t long before he started performing jazz in the evenings and weekends. He played with multiple local groups, such as the Phoenix Jazzmen, Last Exit and Newcastle Big Band and gained his nickname during this time. The name ‘Sting’ was a result of the singer’s habit of wearing a black and yellow striped sweater that made him look like a bee, according to Phoenix Jazzmen bandleader, Gordon Solomon.
The Police Days
Sting was a part of various groups before forming the band, The Police, with guitarist Henri Padovani and drummer Stewart Copeland in 1977. The guitarist Andy Summers joined in later, as a replacement for Padovani.
In the summer of 1978, the group released its first single “Roxanne”, which was not very well received initially. Later in that year, the band travelled across the US to promote their album, playing in small clubs along the way. It wasn’t long after this that interest in their debut album, Outlandos d’Amour began to rise. Eventually, the album made it to the British and American charts. Re-released versions of “Roxanne”, “Can’t Stand Losing You” and “So Lonely”, all became popular singles.
Further Music and Success
The Police had a unique sound. With a heavy infusion of jazz in their sound that was hard to pin down, The Police were identified with punk and new wave musical scenes. Thanks to this distinctive sound, the group continued to attract fans with the much-awaited second album, Regatta de Blanc, released in 1979. Sting wrote the two biggest hits on this album – “Walking on the Moon” and “Message in a Bottle”. However, it was the instrumental composition of “Regatta de Blanc” that landed the group their first Grammy Award for the Best Rock Instrumental Performance in 1980.
In 1980, the British group released their third album, Zenyatta Mondatta, which featured super hit songs such as “De Do Do Do, De Da Da Da” and “Don’t Stand So Close to Me”. Next year’s Ghost in the Machine was another big hit album, with the lead single “Every Little Thing She Does is Magic” topping the charts.
In 1983, the group released one more album, called Synchronicity. The song “Every Breath You Take” from this album topped the charts in both the US and the UK.
Success as a Solo Artist
Sting began his solo career after the band took a hiatus in 1984. His first album as a solo artist, The Dream of the Blue Turtles, released in 1985, turned out to be a big success. Following this, the singer went on to release a string of successful solo albums, including 1987’s Nothing Like the Sun, 1991’s The Soul Cages, 1993’s Ten Summoner’s Tales and 1996’s Mercury Falling. Sting also wrote some of his best music during this time, releasing chart topping songs such as “If I Ever Lose My Faith In You”, “Fields of Gold” and “Englishman in New York”.
Sting’s Work in Movies
In addition to his musical exploration and experimentation, Sting also forayed into acting and scoring for movies. He made appearance in multiple movies, including Dune in 1984, and the famous British crime film, Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels in 1998. Along with acting, the British musician also worked on soundtracks for several films, such as The Mighty in 1998, The Thomas Crown Affair in 1999 and The Emperor’s New Groove in 2000.
Broadway Debut with ‘The Last Ship’
Sting further diversified his performance portfolio after the release of his album, The Last Ship, in 2013. The album drew inspiration from the singer’s childhood. Singer and actor Jimmy Nail also provided vocals for some of the songs on this album and also helped Sting develop a musical based on the themes and musical content of this album. Sting eventually made his Broadway debut as a lyricist and a composer in October 2014 with the launch of The Last Ship. The musical opened to a warm applause from fans and critics alike, prompting two Tony Award nominations. Sting is now planning to bring the hit musical to the UK, with the premiere expected to take place in his childhood hometown, Newcastle in March 2018.
The upcoming production will have the Tony Award nominated original score and lyrics composed by Sting. It will play in Newcastle for four weeks, before heading out on a major UK and Ireland Tour.
Returning to Music and The Police
In 1999, the singer released his most famous album to date, Brand New Day, the title track for which got him a Grammy Award for the Best Male Pop Vocal Performance in 2000. He continued to release successful solo work with albums such as All This Time in 2001, Sacred Love in 2003 and Songs from the Labyrinth in 2006.
The most delightful news for fans of the singer came in 2007, when it was announced that The Police would be performing at the 49th Annual Grammy Awards. The band also announced a tour for the first time in more than two decades.
Awards and Achievements
For his contributions to music and movies, Sting has won many awards – both as part of The Police and as a solo artist. With The Police, Sting became one of the top selling music artists in the world with a combined record sales of more than one-hundred million. He was ranked at number 3 on VH1’s list for the 100 greatest artists of rock. Sting also collaborated with several big names in the industry, including Dire Straits, Craig David, Bryan Adams, Alison Krauss, Rod Stewart and Cheb Mami.
In total, Sting has won 16 Grammy Awards, three Brit Awards, including one for the Best British Male in 1994 and one for Outstanding Contribution in 2002. He also won a Golden Globe, an Emmy Award and impressive four Academy Award nominations for the Best Original Song. Sting got a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for recording in 2000. The legendary singer also received the Ivor Novello Award for Lifetime Achievement and was also inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2002. Sting was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of The Police in 2003. In the same year, he received a CBE from Queen Elizabeth II at the Buckingham Palace, for his contributions to the music industry. In 2014, he was made a Kennedy Center Honoree at the White House and in 2017, he got the Polar Music Prize.
In total, the super talented musician has been nominated a total of 111 times for various awards and has an impressive 47 victories to his name.
Sting Tour Tickets 2018
For those of you who want to enjoy the timeless music of Sting, there is good news. Sting tour tickets are now available for his upcoming shows in multiple cities across Europe and in the US. The official tour will kick off at the Athens Odeon of Herodes Atticus in Greece and will see the artist travel to multiple cities, including Marbella, Nimes, Salem, Tilloloy and many more. The great news for fans of the artist in the US is that he will be performing in New York in April 2018, before he heads out to Europe. Two performances are planned for 25th and 26th of April, 2018, at the Grace Rainey Rogers Auditorium at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. Get your tickets at the earliest before they run out! This will be one performance you will definitely not want to miss!