Sting Live Set Due Nov. 20; Police Jam In Works?
Additional details have surfaced for Sting's upcoming live album, which, as previously reported, will be recorded Tuesday (Sept. 11) in front of an invited audience of 150 at a villa in Tuscany, ItalyAdditional details have surfaced for Sting's upcoming live album, which, as previously reported, will be recorded Tuesday (Sept. 11) in front of an invited audience of 150 at a villa in Tuscany, Italy. The album, to be titled "... on such a night," will be released Nov. 20 by Interscope/A&M; a DVD featuring behind-the-scenes footage is due in early December.
Fans can view the performance in a live Webcast via Yahoo.com and Getmusic.com. The show will be archived through Sept. 25 and again from Oct. 22-Nov. 5. For more information, visit's Sting's official Web site.
And while the event is not being recorded for any expressed commercial purposes, Billboard.com can reveal that Sting is likely to play a few songs with his ex-Police bandmates Stewart Copeland and Andy Summers at his upcoming birthday party in Marrakesh, Morocco.
"We're all going to be there, and we're going to be drinking, which means we're going to be playing," Copeland says with a laugh. The group, which has not recorded together since 1986, last played in public at Sting's 1992 wedding to Trudie Styler, reeling off a version of its 1979 hit "Message In a Bottle." Footage of the performance was featured in the Police's episode of VH1's "Behind the Music."
Copeland, who is gearing up for Oysterhead's maiden North American tour, says he would "entertain the notion" of a Police reunion, but he isn't holding his breath. "[If a tour were to happen, it would] probably [be] on the basis of, let's build a hospital, or give all the money away and do some good deed with it," he says. "But as far as my musical needs, I'm covered with Oysterhead."
"I love Sting and Andy," Copeland adds, noting that he still keeps in occasional contact with his former bandmates. "We did incredible things together." One recent Police development the artist did not hold in high regard was last year's remix of the Police's "When the World Is Running Down, You Make the Best of What's Still Around" by U.K. duo Different Gear. The new version reached No. 7 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music: Club Play chart.
"I thought it sucked," Copeland admits. "What a piece of sh*t. But it was a hit, and you've gotta love that."