“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 […]
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When sitting down to consider Sting‘s The Last Ship, either his album version released five years ago or the stage musical production 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 stated emphatically here In […]
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 as well as their cultural 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…” […]
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 […]
…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 […]
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)
Sitting with my guests Klaus Meine, Scorpions singer and songwriter, and Rudolph Schenker, guitarist/ songwriter, it was fascinating to be reminded by members of Germany’s beloved band just how much rock music had changed the world in thirty-five years. And they should know better than anyone: they were there, living it every day in just […]
Thirty years ago In the Studio Tom Johnston, Pat Simmons, John Hartman, & the late Big Mike Hossack joined me on “Toulouse Street”.