The red carpet at MOTOWN: THE MUSICAL's Opening Night on Sunday 14th April 2013 was studded with stars and Motown legends, including Diana Ross, Smokey Robinson, Stevie Wonder, Gladys Knight, Sting and Trudie Styler. At around 0:27 you can spot Trudie and Sting.
Friday, May 10, 24, 31: Laila Biali
Doors at 6:30pm / Shows at 7:30pm
Award-winning Canadian Jazz pianist, vocalist and songwriter Laila Biali, who has toured with Suzanne Vega, Chris Botti and Paula Cole, recorded with and supported Sting (see Sting’s DVD release, "A Winter’s Night: Live from Durham Cathedral"), and played all over the world at Tokyo's Cotton Club, Peru's El Festival Internacional de Lima, and Carnegie Hall in New York City, will be taking over SubCulture for a residency in May! Each performance features leading musicians from the New York scene including saxophonist John Ellis, vocalist Jo Lawry and violinist Zach Brock. Laila Biali's arrangements of jazz standards, contemporary pop songs, and original pieces will be given unique, contrasting treatments within the context of each hand-picked ensemble. These shows will be the NYC debut of REQUESTOMATIC, where concertgoers can email email@example.com, request a song from her existing repertoire, or challenge her to arrange a song of their choosing. Two songs each show will be chosen and debuted. www.lailabiali.com Tix: $15-18
Sting had this to say about Laila Biali: "It is the ultimate task given to the musician, whether as singer or instrumentalist, to create a unique signature or fingerprint that is instantly recognisable as their own. What is surprising and delightful in Laila Biali is that both as vocalist and pianist she accomplishes this with equal aplomb. She is an exciting and unique talent, and I admire her greatly."
Eagle Rock Entertainment will be releasing a compilation CD and DVD release of Get Up! Stand Up! Highlights From The Human Rights Concerts 1986 - 1998. This compilation features The Police performing Message In A Bottle and Every Breath You Take at Giants Stadium on June 15, 1986 and will be released worldwide by Warner Bros on June 4.
Get Up! Stand Up! presents highlights from The Human Rights Concerts the series of benefit concerts staged between 1986 and 1998 to raise awareness and funds for the Nobel Peace Prize-winning human rights organisation Amnesty International. The first set of performances come from A Conspiracy Of Hope, Amnesty's 25th anniversary US concert tour in 1986. This was followed by Human Rights Now!, the historic 5-continent 20-concert world tour undertaken in 1988. The series continued with stand-alone concerts An Embrace Of Hope in Chile in 1990 and The Struggle Continues in Paris in 1998. The list of musicians who contributed their services is extraordinary and includes some of the world's foremost artists - drawn from several nations and representing a wide range of musical styles. The primary factor uniting them was their desire to donate their time and talents to place a spotlight on Amnesty s vital work campaigning for people whose human rights are abused. Building on the achievements of Amnesty s legendary Secret Policeman s Ball benefit shows, albums and movies - these concerts brought awareness of the cause to an ever-wider public. This new release is designed to continue that mission and raise further funds for Amnesty s crucial work.
From “A Conspiracy Of Hope” (1986)
1) Bob Geldof & Steven Van Zandt – Redemption Song 2) Third World – Now That We’ve Found Love 3) Joan Armatrading – Love And Affection 4) Ruben Blades (with Carlos Santana & Fela Kuti) – Muevete 5) Miles Davis – Speak / That’s What Happened 6) Lou Reed – Walk On The Wild Side 7) Peter Gabriel – Shock The Monkey 8) Bryan Adams – Run To You 9) Bryan Adams – Summer Of ’69 10) U2 – MLK / Pride (In The Name Of Love) 11) U2 – Sunday Bloody Sunday 12) The Police – Message In A Bottle 13) The Police – Every Breath You Take
From “Human Rights Now!” (1988)
14) Tracy Chapman – Talkin’ ’bout A Revolution 15) Peter Gabriel – Sledgehammer 16) Sting – Don’t Stand So Close To Me 17) Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band – Born In The USA 18) Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band – I’m On Fire
From “An Embrace Of Hope” (1990)
19) Inti-Illimani – Bailando, Bailando 20) Wynton Marsalis – Jungle Blues 21) Jackson Browne – Lives In The Balance 22) Sinead O’Connor – Nothing Compares 2 U
From “The Struggle Continues” (1998)
23) Bruce Springsteen – No Surrender 24) Tracy Chapman – Fast Car 25) Alanis Morissette – Hand In My Pocket 26) Peter Gabriel & Youssou N’Dour – Shaking The Tree 27) Jimmy Page & Robert Plant – Rock And Roll 28) Radiohead – Karma Police 29) Radiohead – Bones 30) Bruce Springsteen, Peter Gabriel, Tracy Chapman & Youssou N’Dour – Get Up, Stand Up
Certification: IFCO TBC, BBFC E
Film Only Running Time: 2 hrs 32 mins
Colour Format: Colour
Sound Format/Language: Dts Sound (English)
Region Code: 0 (All Regions)
Sting crooned his tribute to the new millenium, "Brand New Day", during the "We Are Family Foundation's (WAFF) Humanitarian Award Gala" at the Manhattan Center Grand Ballroom on April 11, 2013. This was Sting's 3rd number of the night.
Sting also belted out his epic ode to the Big Apple, "Englishman in NY":
Sting and his wife, Trudie Styler, were the 2013 recipients for their combined work with their own [Amazon] Rainforest Foundation. Prior WAFF Humanitarian award winners include Jackson Brown, Sir Elton John and Larry King.
Posted on Apr 13, 13 | 12:58 am |  comments (2446 views)
The musical called "The Last Ship", based on Sting's own history and his album Soul Cages, will now also feature a live band for every performance. While the casting has been called for a two days audition session in New York on April 1st and 2nd, the group of musicians has already been formed and will consist of:
- David Paich (keyboards)
- Steve Porcaro (keyboards)
- Steve Lukather (guitars)
- Nathan East (bass)
- Simon Phillips (drums)
Sting described them as "the best band he has performed with so far. Toto would be jealous!"
The Last Ship tells of a group of shipyard workers whose yard is to close and who are reluctant to transfer their skills to service the offshore industry.
... and it is 1st of April. :-)
Posted on Apr 01, 13 | 3:38 am |  comments (1321 views)
Russian gas giant Gazprom celebrated its 20-year anniversary yesterday, Thursday, at a $2 million gala evening at the State Kremlin Palace. The evening at the Kremlin will conclude with a concert that will include performances by Sting and Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli. The celebration at the Kremlin costed the company nearly $2 million.
Posted on Feb 22, 13 | 7:20 pm |  comments (2745 views)
Sting performed "Lonesome Day" from The Rising during the MusiCares person of the year tribute to Bruce Springsteen. Below is an interview with Sting ahead of this event.
The moment of the evening was when Mumford & Sons did a wonderful version of "I'm on fire".
Here are some excerpts from the show.
Posted on Feb 10, 13 | 3:00 pm |  comments (428 views)
On January 30, Sting performed a moving rendition of “Fields of Gold” in Los Angeles at the memorial service for A&M Records’ beloved Gil Friesen. Gil worked with Herb Alpert and Jerry Moss to make A&M Records an independent power house in the 1970s and 80s, launching The Police, Sting, as well as Carole King, Cat Stevens, Billy Preston, the Carpenters, and my favorite A&M Single of all time, “Do You Know What I Mean” by Lee Michaels. A&M star Bryan Adams sang “Heaven,” Suzanne Vega performed a song she wrote for Gil, Herb Alpert and Lani Hall did a duet on “I’ll Remember You.” Other guests included Stewart Copeland and Andy Summers of The Police, Sting’s manager and Gil’s friend Kathy Schenker, manager Derek Power, artist Ed Ruscha, Tom Freston, Peter Morton, and Jann Wenner…Speakers included Friesen’s two sons, aged 7 and 57.
Source : www.showbiz411.com
Posted on Feb 06, 13 | 1:16 pm |  comments (639 views)