10.19.11 Back To Bass Tour kicks off in Boston on Friday October 21...


This autumn Sting takes the Back to Bass Tour throughout North America as he celebrates the 25th anniversary of his solo career by taking it back to bass… all the hits, stripped down, as they haven't been played in years. In support of his new box set collection Sting: 25 Years, which was released on September 27, the tour features Sting backed by a 5-piece band in an intimate theatre setting.

Beginning in Boston on October 21 at The Wang Theatre at the Citi Performing Arts Center, the tour extends across the US and Canada visiting Philadelphia, New York, Washington DC, Toronto, Chicago, Detroit, Miami, Dallas, Houston, Denver, Phoenix, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Reno, San Francisco, Seattle, and Vancouver.

Back to Bass finds Sting performing songs spanning his dynamic and enduring solo career, from his 1985 debut The Dream Of The Blue Turtles to his latest release, Live in Berlin, plus a selection of The Police's greatest hits. Highlights include the Grammy winners "Brand New Day" and "If I Ever Lose My Faith In You" plus fan-favorites "Englishman In New York," "Desert Rose" and "Roxanne." Sting will be joined by a band including his longtime guitarist Dominic Miller, Rufus Miller (guitarist), Vinnie Colaiuta (drummer), Peter Tickell (electric fiddle), and Jo Lawry (vocalist).

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BACK TO BASS TOUR 2011 ITINERARY:

October 21 Boston, MA The Wang Theatre at the Citi Performing Arts Center
October 22 Boston, MA The Wang Theatre at the Citi Performing Arts Center
October 24 Wallingford, CT Toyota presents Oakdale Theatre
October 26 Philadelphia, PA Tower Theater
October 27 Philadelphia, PA Tower Theater
October 29 Washington, DC Constitution Hall

November 1 Toronto, ON Massey Hall
November 2 Toronto, ON Massey Hall
November 5 Chicago, IL Rosemont Theatre
November 6 Detroit, MI Fox Theatre
November 8 New York, NY Roseland Ballroom
November 9 New York, NY Roseland Ballroom
November 10 Washington, DC Constitution Hall
November 12 Miami, FL The Fillmore Miami Beach at Jackie Gleason Theater
November 13 Miami, FL The Fillmore Miami Beach at Jackie Gleason Theater
November 16 Dallas, TX Verizon Theatre
November 17 Houston, TX Verizon Wireless Theater
November 18 Houston, TX Verizon Wireless Theater
November 20 Denver, CO Wells Fargo Theatre
November 22 Phoenix, AZ Comerica Theatre
November 25 Las Vegas, NV The Colosseum at Caesars Palace
November 26 Reno, NV Reno Events Center
November 28 Los Angeles, CA The Wiltern
November 29 Los Angeles, CA The Wiltern
November 30 Los Angeles, CA The Wiltern

December 2 San Francisco, CA Nob Hill Masonic Center
December 3 San Francisco, CA Nob Hill Masonic Center
December 5 Seattle, WA The Paramount Theatre
December 6 Seattle, WA The Paramount Theatre
December 8 Vancouver, BC Queen Elizabeth Theatre
December 9 Vancouver, BC Queen Elizabeth Theatre
December 10 Vancouver, BC Queen Elizabeth Theatre

Itinerary subject to change.
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"Sixty feels comfortable," Sting told the sold-out crowd at New York's Beacon Theatre on October 1st. "I've always felt sort of old." But celebrating the milestone birthday onstage, Sting was positively boyish, ecstatically jamming with a stacked all-star roster of friends and fans including Bruce Springsteen, Billy Joel, Stevie Wonder and Lady Gaga. He has a lot to celebrate this fall: Sting just released 25 Years, a box set focusing on his quarter-century as a solo artist, and this month he kicks off the 32-date Back to Bass tour, playing in theaters with a stripped-down band. "I thought it was a good time to reflect," says Sting. "For me, getting older enriches life. You realize there are a limited number of summers left - or tours, songs, relationships - so you really have to value them..."

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When The Police agreed to split at the end of their 1984 American tour, all three band members began to create things to fill the space the absence of an enormously successful rock band would leave in their lives. Stewart Copeland began working on a film and solo album called 'The Rhythmatist'. Andy Summers took to writing a long-since-lost screenplay. Sting, being the sort of chap Gordon Sumner was even then, assembled a whole new band made up of exemplary musicians who had played with, among a million others, Miles Davis, Dizzy Gillespie and Weather Report. They decamped to Barbados and made 'Dream Of The Blue Turtles', an almost-jazz record where Sting laid out a template delineated by tasteful instrumentation, musicianly chops and lyrical smartness. This was neither rock nor pop; this music had nothing to do with Elvis, or punk or The Beatles or, indeed, The Police; its eyes were set on the far horizon of a land no one had yet visited, modern adult popular music...

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Sometimes being the leader of the biggest band on the planet isn't enough, and the artists formerly known as Gordon Sumner has previously spoken about how he was frustrated by the musical limitations of The Police. Indeed, since embarking on a solo career a quarter of a century ago, Sting has avidly pursued a resless, occasionally schizophrenic path, as this bos set testifies. The easy shorthand suggests Sting had designs on becoming a jazz artist, and that's borne out by his earlier albums on tracks such as 'Moon Over Bourbon Street' or 'We'll Be Together' (not to mention his live re-workings of his old band's 'Bring On The Night' and 'Driven To Tears'). But listen more carefully to the elaborate musical tapestry of 'If I Ever Lose My Faith In You' or 'If You Love Somebody Set Them Free' - probably two of the most complex songs to scale the singles chart...