Back to the roots
With his jazz and classical background, Sting has always looked for new musical horizons of fusion and innovation, something that has still given him commercial success: 100 million albums sold and more than a dozen Grammys confirm him as one of the indispensable names in pop history. He became famous as bassist and front man of The Police, the trio he formed with Stewart Copeland and Andy Summers from 1977 to 1984. With them, he moved from punk to Caribbean rhythms, leading his generation, always blessed with success, with hits like “Roxanne”, “Every Breath You Take” or “Message in a Bottle”.
After closing that first stage with “Synchronicity” -eight million albums sold only in the United States- he opted for searching new personal challenges. His solo debut was “The Dream of the Blue Turtles” (1985), an album with more atmospheric sounds and songs that, like “Russians”, carried a message with them: in fact, he is a Human Rights’ activist. After his first album, he would succeed with songs like “Fragile” or “Englishman in New York” and would approach to world music (“Love is the Seventh Wave”), but without leaving pop structures, with songs such as “All This Times”, the hit that marked the start of a prolific 90s decade in which he also would give us classics like “Fields of Gold” or “If I Ever Lose My Faith in You”.
After exploring diverse fields, from soundtracks to ethnic rhythms, Sting has been gradually returning to his roots. So, he reunited with The Police in 2007 for a world tour, and last year he released “57th and 9th”, perhaps the main rock album of his solo career, whose tour began with an emotional concert last November at Bataclan in Paris.