Sting Scales Down For Spring Tour

Since establishing himself as a solo artist, Sting's tour's have become grand affairs featuring large bands.

Since establishing himself as a solo artist, Sting's tour's have become grand affairs featuring large bands. That will change in April, when he launches the Broken Music tour, backed by just three other players.

Set to kick off April 1 in San Jose, Calif., the tour will feature Sting on bass and vocals, longtime guitarist Dominic Miller, guitarist Shane Fontayne (Bruce Springsteen, Lone Justice) and drummer Josh Freese (A Perfect Circle). At deadline, 11 shows make up the itinerary, running through an April 29-30 stand in Atlantic City, N.J. More dates are expected, according to the artist's official Web site.

Los Angeles-based rock act Phantom Planet will open all shows on the tour, except the New Jersey engagement, support for which is to be determined.

Some shows will take place on college campuses, where students will have access to tickets prior to the general public. members will also have access to pre-sale opportunities, some beginning as early as Thursday (Dec. 2). Some venues will also include general admission areas in front of the stage, with those tickets priced at $30.50, according to the site.

Sting is still in the midst of a European leg of his Sacred Love tour, which plays Milan tonight (Nov. 30). He will wrap his 2004 dates with a Dec. 9 show in Copenhagen, and will launch an 11-date Asian swing Jan. 10 in Singapore.

Released in October 2003, "Sacred Love" (A&M/Interscope) debuted at No. 3 on The Billboard 200. As previously reported, Sting re-recorded his 1987 No. 7 Billboard Hot 100 hit "We'll Be Together" with North American tourmate Annie Lennox for the recently released Geffen soundtrack to "Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason."

Here are Sting's upcoming tour dates:

Nov. 30: Milan (Fila Forum)
Dec. 2: Modena, Italy (Palapanini)
Dec. 5: Karlsruhe, Germany (Europahalle)
Dec. 6: Innsbruck (Olympiaeishalle)
Dec. 9: Copenhagen (Forum)
Jan. 10: Singapore (Indoor Stadium)
Jan. 12: Bangkok (Impact Arena)
Jan. 15: Osaka, Japan (Osaka-Jo Hall)
Jan. 16: Hiroshima (Sun Plaza)
Jan. 18: Fukuoka, Japan (Kokusai Centre)
Jan. 19: Nagoya, Japan (Rainbow Hall)
Jan. 21-23: Tokyo (Budokan Hall)
Jan. 26: Hong Kong (Convention Center)
Jan. 28-29: Seoul (Olympic Gym)
April 1: San Jose, Calif. (Event Center Arena)
April 3: Eugene, Ore. (McArthur Court Arena)
April 4: Spokane, Wash. (Spokane Arena)
April 5: Kelowna, British Columbia (Prospera Place)
April 7: Missoula, Mon. (Adams Event Center)
April 9: Nampa, Idaho (Idaho Center)
April 11: Salt Lake City (Delta Center)
April 14: Columbia, Mo. (Mizzou Arena)
April 22: London, Ontario (Labatt Centre)
April 29-30: Atlantic City, N.J. (Borgata Hotel & Casino)