No matter what music genre you’re into, if you were born sometime between the 70′s and the 90′s, you must know Sting. I mean common, perhaps this video would ring a bell…
They say this song is actually among the most MISINTERPRETED songs of THE POLICE (The group which Sting belonged to) and I am among those who misunderstood it before I got to know more about the band and their songs. Actually, Sting wrote this after he got separated from his ex-wife and it’s NOT a love song. It’s actually an obsessed-stalker’s song. Anyway, enough with Every Breathe You Take, let’s talk about Sting.
It’s hard to believe that it’s been about 30 years since Sting and The Police first earned international attention. Sting Tickets continue to be hot sellers, the artist himself maintains a busy touring schedule, and he has left a trail of accomplishments in his wake, which he no doubt spent some time mulling over recently as he turned 60 years old. The singer’s electrifying performances haven’t lost their edge yet, and he had quite a bit of help from his friends, who turned out for the spectacular birthday bash, which also doubled as a fundraiser for New York’s needy.
Sting arranged a massive concert at New York’s Beacon Theater that featured some of the biggest performers to be found on stage today (huhuhu, I wish I was there). Rolling Stone notes that Bruce Springsteen, Lady Gaga, Billy Joel, Stevie Wonder, Mary J. Blige, will.i.am, Herbie Hancock and Rufus Wainwright all turned out. That’s quite a guest list for a birthday, and sure enough, Sting seemed to have quite a lot of fun. The various artists all performed Sting’s best-known songs along with the man himself. (The best one was probably will.i.am’s rendition of “Walking on the Moon” where he freestyled and added lines “I Gotta Feelin”)
Sting didn’t seem to slow down as a performer, either; Stone quotes him as saying, “Sixty feels comfortable – I’ve always felt sort of old.” He certainly offered fans a peak performance.
What’s good about that concert is not just the songs however. What’s actually better is that it was a fundraiser. The event raised money for the Robin Hood Foundation, which directs the funds toward food pantries, homeless shelters, health clinics and job training for needy New Yorkers, according to DNA Info, which reported on both Sting’s birthday and a Black Eyed Peas’ charity concert. Together, the two event raised a combined $7 million, which is an impressive haul by all accounts.
DNA Info quoted David Saltzman, executive director of the Robin Hood Foundation, as saying: “The Black Eyed Peas and Sting have a long history of giving back to their communities and we’re truly honored that they’ve chosen to help the 1.8 million New Yorkers living in poverty through Robin Hood; we hope to do them proud.”
Want to see Sting live on stage? I do. Good thing we don’t have to wait until his next birthday. He has plenty of tour dates planned for the rest of the year.