Singer-songwriter Sting will perform in concert in the Salle des Étoiles on 2 August, as part of a dinner show. A unique opportunity to see the star in an intimate atmosphere, truly fitting of the former bass player of legendary band The Police. Portrait of a big name in British rock and international pop.
An unmistakeable voice
Freedom can sometimes be the key to success. Sting is living proof of this: in his more than forty years in the world of music, he has consistently exceeded expectations. What other artist can boast of having gone from making a duet album with Shaggy to a pop-rock album (‘My Songs’) in just a few years, all the while recording the odd baroque madrigal and traditional song accompanied by three world-class symphony orchestras? On stage at the Monte-Carlo Sporting Summer Festival 2019, the singer will be spoilt for choice when it comes to selecting his set list and playing a few gems from his myriad repertoire.
From trio to solo
In his youth, Sting (aka Gordon Sumner) was interested in music in all its forms, from jazz to rock, and played it with enthusiasm, on guitar, piano and especially on the double bass. It was this instrument that got him spotted, while he was playing it as part of Last Exit, in parallel with his teaching career, by Stewart Copeland, who would become his bandmate in The Police. Sting agreed to join the band, which later incorporated Andy Summers on guitar in the mid-1970s. His high-pitched voice and sense of groove worked like a charm; from ‘Roxanne’ to ‘Every Breath You Take’, ‘Message in a Bottle’ and ‘Walking on the Moon’, the group released hit after hit. The Police got a name for themselves for their skilful mix of pop-rock melodies and reggae rhythms. Up until they split in 1984, the group was driven by Sting's heavily jazz-influenced writing. This talent for composition is evident on his first solo album, ‘The Dream of the Blue Turtles’, recorded with the cream of Great Black Music of the 1980s.
A unique artist
During the eighties, Sting became a superstar under his own name. In addition to the success of his first solo hits (‘Russians’, ‘If You Love Somebody Set Them Free’, ‘Englishman in New York’, ‘Fragile’, etc.), he pursued an ad-hoc acting career, with roles in David Lynch's ‘Dune’ and the science fiction film ‘The Bride’. His commitment to social justice also became apparent, both in the lyrics of his songs and in his political stances. He performed on the ‘A Conspiracy of Hope’ charity tour with U2 and Bryan Adams, on behalf of Amnesty International in 1986 and again in 1988. At the same time, he became an ambassador for the Rainforest Foundation, working to protect virgin forest. He was also seen regularly in the media with indigenous Chief Raoni, getting enough international coverage to stop the construction of a dam threatening the land of the indigenous people.
Classic among the classics
In the early 1990s, although Sting's albums made slightly less impact, his contributions to a number of film soundtracks met with great success. From his Tuscan villa where he spent most of his time, he recorded tracks for ‘Lethal Weapon 3’, ‘Leaving Las Vegas’, ‘The Thomas Crown Affair’, ‘Return to Cold Mountain’, etc. At the end of the decade, his new album ‘Brand New Day’ did extremely well, partly thanks to the hit ‘Desert Rose’. This album enabled him to continue being part of top-calibre collaborations: he performed with Cheb Mami and Stevie Wonder, and prior to that he made sweet music with the likes of Rod Stewart, Bryan Adams, Julio Iglesias and Tina Turner. In the years 2000-2010, before The Police briefly got back together, he broke records with the classic opus ‘Songs from the Labyrinth’, comprising old English melodies that he performed with a lutenist. Between very personal projects and dipping back into his repertoire, Sting continues to walk the fine line between discretion and musical charisma. It is no surprise, therefore, that he is regularly asked to play on unique and extremely moving occasions, such as for the reopening of the Bataclan and the Queen's birthday last year.