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Sting Marking 25 Years As Solo Artist With All-Star NYC Concert

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Has it really been 25 years since Sting embarked on his long and fruitful solo career? The former Police frontman unleashed his debut solo album, ‘The Dream of the Blue Turtles,’ on the world in 1985, and to celebrate the disc’s silver anniversary, he is holding a special all-star concert in New York on Oct. 1, the eve of his 60th birthday.

The list of scheduled performers includes Sting contemporaries Billy Joel, Bruce Springsteen, Stevie Wonder and Herbie Hancock, plus longtime admirers Lady Gaga, Mary J. Blige, Vince Gill,, Rufus Wainwright and Chris Botti. Sting will be backed by a band featuring his longtime guitarist, Dominic Miller, bassist Christian McBride, keyboardist David Sancious, drummer Vinnie Colaiuta, and backing vocalists Jo Lawry, Lisa Fischer and Tabitha Fair for the show.

Keeping in the tradition of Sting being a very private man who unfortunately picked a very public line of work for his career, tickets to the bash will not be available to the general public. There were, however, a very limited number available to members of the fan club, but those have already all been snapped up. All proceeds from the gig will benefit the Robin Hood Foundation, an organization that fights poverty in New York City.

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