Sting / Fillmore Auditorium / Denver / February 14 / Tickets
Sting paid his early dues playing bass with local outfits The Newcastle Big Band, The Phoenix Jazzmen, Earthrise and Last Exit, the latter of which featured his first efforts at song writing. Last Exit were big in the North East, but their jazz fusion was doomed to fail when punk rock exploded onto the music scene in 1976. Stewart Copeland, drummer with Curved Air, saw Last Exit on a visit to Newcastle and while the music did nothing for him he did recognize the potential and charisma of the bass player. The two hooked up shortly afterward and within months, Sting had left his teaching job and moved to London.
In Summer 2016, Sting and Peter Gabriel undertook the critically acclaimed “Rock, Paper, Scissors” tour – a short 21 date summer tour of North America. The dates saw Sting and Gabriel performing an intriguing set with both bands on stage throughout the performances even performing each other’s songs. After a few solo summer European shows took place, Sting announced a new “rock” album ’57th & 9th’ (named after the location in NYC of the studio where the album was recorded) would be released in November 2016.