STING Video Archives 2014-2020 VOLUME XXXI


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1. The Late Late Show with James Corden 1/27/20: Interview and performance with Sting. Sting stopped by The Late Late Show performing “The Last Ship” from the musical of the same name. He was joined on stage by cast members from the show’s currently running national tour.

2. The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon 04/20/20 Home Edition: Opening and mention of Sting and later in the program Sting performs “Don’t Stand So Close To Me” with Jimmy and The Roots during quarantine.

3. The POLICE: Breaking The Band 05/03/20: English rock trio The Police drove fans wild with the reggae-flavored punk beats that netted 50 million album sales and made them the biggest band of the ‘80s. But that wasn’t good enough for singer and bassist Sting, who wrote the band’s breakout hit Roxanne and demanded power over his bandmates. “Sting took the focus… I think it’s only human to be jealous,” recalls singer Tessa Niles, who toured with The Police. But three albums in, drummer Stewart Copeland and guitarist Andy Summers were not rocking the boat of success. “It did become that regular sex, drugs and rock ’n’ roll idea of superstardom,” adds Breaking the Band contributor Stephen Dalton. The tell-all music series reveals that fights in the studio between Sting and his “mates” tore the band apart at the peak of their success.So was it Sting’s ego alone that led The Police to implode? Who called it quits first?

4. Rock Legends 07/16/17: The Police became globally popular in the late 1970s and early 1980s and are regarded as one of the first new-wave groups to achieve mainstream success, playing a style of rock influenced by punk, reggae, and jazz. Leading music critics cast fresh light on the band.

5. Rock Legends 07/08/14: Sting was born Gordon Matthew Thomas Sumner in Wallsend, a ship building town near Newcastle. After a family friend left him a Spanish guitar Sting became obsessed with music. He spent his youth visiting jazz clubs in nearby Newcastle, where he saw the likes of Jimi Hendrix and Cream. In 1977 Sting moved to London to pursue music with his band Last Exit. At one of the city’s jazz clubs he met drummer Stewart Copeland. Although starting out as a punk band, The Police showed a wide range of influences. By their fifth album, The Police were the biggest band in the world and although Synchronicity has sold 8 million copies the US alone the trio decided to go on hiatus. In 1985 Sting released his debut solo album, The Dream of the Blue Turtles. Featuring archive material, music videos “Shape Of My Heart”, “Fields Of Gold” and, exclusive insights from music critics and journalists Michael Bonner (Uncut Magazine), Hamish MacBain (Shortlist), John Aizlewood (Evening Standard), Rock Legends Sting tells the story of one of Britain’s enduring rock bands.


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