You could debate whether the first four albums by the Anglo-American band The Police, starting with 1978’s Outlandos d’Amour, the UK breakthrough Regatta de Blanc, their 1980 worldwide hit Zenyatta Mondatta, and Ghost in the Machine were significant enough creatively and commercially to issue a warrant to book them into the Rock and Roll Hall […]
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…Sting’s sophomore solo release in October 1987,…Nothing Like the Sun, which followed up his first post-Police effort entitled The Dream of the Blue Turtles.
… In The Studio classic rock interview, Sting covers a lot of ground, including paying his dues pre-Police by playing in cabarets and backing stand-up comedians; the pejorative term “Third World countries” and the “Catch 22” of developing nations; the alarming lack of heroes in our society today , and the failure of politicians to provide leadership ; ecology , global warming , and threat of pandemic disease; how fatherhood changed his relationship with his own father; losing both parents at the height of international stardom; his favorite pop songwriter; the Nordic myth that inspired “The Soul Cages”; and the satisfaction he derives from songwriting…(more)
On their first U.S.tour in early 1979 the three members of The Police, Stewart Copeland, Andy Summers, & Sting arrived for their first interview at my Memphis radio studio… in a station wagon. Barely 15 months later they returned to take me to lunch, except this time they were in a limousine. It seems that […]
“Outlandos d’Amour has a certain grotesque, naive charm about it,” Sting confesses in this rockumentary about the Police debut,”but Regatta de Blanc was infinitely a much better record.” He was absolutely correct, of course, but it was due simply to his, Police founder/ drummer Stewart Copeland‘s, and guitarist Andy Summers‘ lack of experience […]
Here In the Studio we were both honored and thrilled in Fall 2013 to be able to share Sting hosting a very personal discussion of his family history, centered in the shipyard of the Northern England seaport city of Walls End/ Newcastle, where “your casket is sealed with a riveter’s gun…” and retold as fable as […]
When sitting down with Sting‘s first new music in a decade The Last Ship, either on his album or in the stage musical which saw a limited run on Broadway in 2014, one must check your assumptions at the door. ” It was never my intention to write a rock musical,” Sting states emphatically here […]
This solo performance by Sting (his first ever) of “Message in a Bottle” at the second Amnesty International fundraiser in London 1981 , known as “The Secret Policeman’s Other Ball”, is extremely rare …(more)
One of Britain’s most beloved party bands this side of The Faces, Mott the Hoople, is still revered there with sold-out tours, and we were so fortunate to have Mott main man Ian Hunter join me In the Studio.
Original Foreigner lead singer Lou Gramm (c), Foreigner founder/guitarist Mick Jones (l), and former bassist Bruce Turgon (r) having fun with that “Dirty White Boy” Redbeard while In the Studio on Q102 Dallas/Ft.Worth in February 1995. Mick Jones will be hosting the 40th anniversary of Foreigner’s blockbuster Double Vision here In the Studio the week […]