There is a double celebration in store for Sting – the singer turns 60 and he is marking 25 years as a solo artist. For the moment he says he has no plans to release a new studio album, but he will continue writing and playing.
“Oh yeah. I mean, I couldn’t live without music. I’d rather play music or die,” he said. “Hopefully the next 25 years will be the same if I have it. But no, there’s no choice there. I have to play music everyday.”
After his ambitious tour with the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra last year, Sting is back on the road this autumn. In his ‘Back to Bass’ North American tour he will play ‘stripped-down’ versions of his hits, in more intimate venues backed by a five-piece band.
“Well I’m going back to basics,” Sting explained. “I’m going to play the bass with a small band ‘cause I just did the 200-date tour with this symphony orchestra, so I just wanted to throw a curve at that and do something, you know, like I used to.”
Since the release of his first solo album “The Dream of the Blue Turtles” in 1985 Sting has varied his musical style, incorporating elements of jazz, reggae, classical, new age, and world beats into his music. As a solo musician and member of The Police, he has received 16 Grammy Awards.
He reflected: “I think I have so much to learn as a musician, but I’ve always known that. But when you work with people at a high level, you realise you have a long way to go – and that’s a good thing about music. It doesn’t end. There’s no way you can say, ‘Oh, I finished learning.’ You do that when you die.”
Sting’s US tour kicks off in Boston later in October with dates in other cities scheduled through early December.