As if his achievements at the helm of the Police weren’t hall-of-fame-worthy enough, Sting then had to break out on his own and spend the next few decades achieving just as much popular acclaim as a solo artist. Classic-rock fans may not rate these wildly eclectic solo works on the same level as some of those older rock-and-reg
On Sept. 11, 2001, Sting watched in horror as a series of terrorist attacks unfolded in the U.S. And then, at the urging of his bandmates, he spent the night fulfilling his previously scheduled concert obligations. On Sept. 12, he started work on what would become his seventh studio solo LP, 'Sacred Love.'
Sting has never hid his pretensions. In fact, he's gone out of his way to flaunt them, going all the way back to the Police, when he casually referenced Vladimir Nabokov in the band's first Top 10 U.S. hit and then explored Jungian philosophies on the band's biggest-selling album. Things only got worse with his solo career.
On Sept. 2, 1988, Bruce Springsteen, Sting and Peter Gabriel kicked off the 'Human Rights Now!' tour at London's Wembley Stadium. The 20-date tour was a benefit for Amnesty International in honor of the 40th anniversary of the United Nations' adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
Those hoping to hear Sting perform songs from his upcoming album 'The Last Ship' onstage will have to be pretty lucky. The singer has announced that the only concerts he'll perform in support of the album will be a series of 10 dates at New York City's tiny Public Theater, which will double as a benefit for the venue.
Sting's first album in 10 years will include an unexpected collaboration with Brian Johnson, the lead singer of AC/DC. 'The Last Ship' will hit stores on Sept. 24. As previously reported, the collection is the soundtrack to a theater production of the same name set to debut on Broadway in 2014.