The Sting and I…We had already done multiple interviews when he was in The Police and now Sting had just released his third solo album by the time we reconvened to discuss “The Soul Cages” in 1991. Sting had lost both parents by then, the most recent his father, and was clearly wrestling with his star ascending amidst pain and personal loss.
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It seems that stardom for The Police had occurred in the UK after the release of their second album, “Regatta de Blanc” , but mainstream popularity in the U.S. still eluded them until October 1980’s “Zenyatta Mondatta”. My guests In the Studio are Police-men Sting, Stewart Copeland, and Andy Summers.
“Outlandos d’Amour has a certain grotesque, naïve charm about it,” Sting offers in this interview about the second album by The Police, “but Regatta de Blanc is infinitely a better record.” Both the critics and the rock audience agreed, garnering two #1 hits in the UK with “Walking on the Moon” and “Message in a Bottle”, plus topping the album sales chart there with Regatta de Blanc.
“Outlandos d’Amour’ has a certain grotesque, naive charm about it,” Sting confesses in this interview about the Police debut,”but ‘Regatta de Blanc’ was infinitely a much better record.”
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…” […]
Starting with 1978’s “Outlandos d’Amour”, the UK breakthrough “Regatta de Blanc”, their 1980 worldwide hit “Zenyatta Mondatta”, and “Ghost in the Machine” the following year, you could debate whether the first four albums by the Anglo-American band The Police were significant enough creatively and commercially to issue a warrant to book them into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Yet this fact is certain: the 1983 Police album “Synchronicity” guaranteed it.
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)
This fabulous “Rock of Ages” medley by Def Leppard from the In the Studio archive was unavailable in the U.S. for about twenty years.
After a totally forgettable first album, the Doobie Brothers’ sophomore effort “Toulouse Street” may just be the strongest second act of the Seventies. In the Studio Tom Johnston, Pat Simmons, & John Hartman joined me marking the golden anniversary of “Listen to the Music”,”Rockin’ Down the Highway”,”Disciple”, and the definitive cover of “Jesus is Just All Right”.