12.03.12 Time Out review Sting's recent Hong Kong concert...
STING - Back To Bass Tour...
The man’s still got it. That is, that intangible factor that separates regular musicians from living legends. Long ago, the man born Gordon Sumner cemented his superstar status by amassing one hit after another in a career that has spanned decades. And even after taking a long sabbatical from his rock persona - choosing to pursue symphonic and new-age projects in his time - at the HKCEC in his return to Hong Kong with his Back to Bass tour, Sting showed that, after all this time, yes... he's still got it.
Pulling the expected double duty of singer and bassist, he performed a host of his classic monstrous hits permanently etched in our brains both from his early days with The Police and as a solo artist. Backed by a five-piece band, including a rocking violinist, he kicked off the night with 'If I Ever Lose My Faith In You' and 'Every Little Thing She Does is Magic', followed by an all-hit roster stuffed with tunes that have stood the test of time. Peppered in were some ditties that may have been a bit more unfamiliar to the captivated audience, but lacking the ability to sing along verbatim didn't stop the crowd from swaying in their seats and hanging on every word. Strong as ever were his vocals - something that hasn’t waned over the years - which underpinned the entire stellar set and multiple encores.
Very few achieve the longevous musical career Sting has managed and, with his command of the stage and perfect pitch, it is easy to understand why. So Sting, your fans we'll be watching you. Every stage you grace, in every single place, they’ll be watching you.
(c) Time Out by Ilene Frankel
(Photo courtesy of Mix FM). Gordon Matthew Thomas Sumner - better known as Sting - performed an exceptional show Wednesday night at BIEL. The musician, songwriter and singer took over the Beirut stage with his band for more than two hours. For one night only and for the second time in Beirut, Sting performed some of his greatest tunes. The venue echoed with 'Message in a Bottle', 'Roxanne', 'End of the Game', and 'Hounds of Winter'. With the first notes of 'Englishman in New York', the audience hailed and began singing along with the chorus - which appeared to make the star emotional. Like a human wave, the spectators sang and danced to the song as though in a trance...
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Before a recent show, Sting stopped by Studio 6B and performed "Walking on the Moon."
On Sunday, 9th December at 3 PM, a large original Aubusson tapestry, designed by Czech artist Petr Sís, and woven by master weavers in Aubusson, France, will be unveiled at a special ceremony at Václav Havel Airport Prague. This art work is devoted to the memory and legacy of Václav Havel. It was conceived by Art for Amnesty founder Bill Shipsey on behalf of Amnesty International and supported by five world famous musicians– Bono, The Edge, Peter Gabriel, Sting and Yoko Ono Lennon. The tapestry, measuring 5 x 4.25 meters, has been donated to the Dagmar and Václav Havel Foundation and will be displayed in Terminal 2 at the recently renamed Václav Havel Airport Prague...