Sting Announces 'My Songs: Live' Album: Exclusive

Eric Ryan Anderson
Sting

Sting is set to present his songs again next month with the release of My Songs: Live.

The 11-song set, recorded during his My Songs World Tour earlier this year, follows My Songs, a collection of revisited and revised versions of his solo and Police songs, which came out during May. The studio set features updated sonics, dynamics and arrangements based on the way the songs have evolved for him over the years. Sting told Billboard at the time that, "I'm constantly tinkering and I'm always wanting to make the songs as contemporary as they can possible be....The songs change every night when I sing them, and I'm always hearing something I haven't actually discovered there. It's discovery within that repetition, too...We just want to recontemporize the stuff."

Evidence of that can be found on My Songs: Live, out Nov. 8 and available for pre-order now -- most particularly in the livelier, polyrhythmic-flavored first verse of "King of Pain," which flows into an open, airier rendition of "So Lonely" and then a charged "Desert Rose." "Russians," meanwhile, flows into a delicately drawn "Fragile." "This is my life in songs," Sting writes in the live album's insightful song-by-song liner notes. "Some of them reconstructed, some of them refitted, some of them reframed, and all of them with a contemporary focus."

The My Songs exercise received a thumbs up from Police drummer Stewart Copeland, who similarly "deranged" the band's song for his movie Everyone Stares. "I thought it was very interesting," Copeland says. "There's nothing that says these songs can only exist in one form. It's fun to do different things with them. I think we all feel license to f*** 'em up if we want."

My Songs: Live features Dominic Miller and Rufus Miller on guitar, Josh Freese on drums, Kevon Webster on keyboards, Shane Sager on harmonica and backing vocalists Gene Noble and Melissa Musique. The My Songs World Tour kicks off an Asian leg on Oct. 4 in Seoul, South Korea, followed by a European leg and residencies at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas next May-June and August. More 2020 tour dates in North America can be found at www.sting.com/tour.

Sting will also be performing his musical The Last Ship in five cities next year starting Jan. 14 at Los Angeles' Ahmanson Theatre followed by runs in San Francisco, Washington D.C., St. Paul, Minn. and Detroit.

As for future recordings, Sting told Billboard before My Songs' release that, "I'd like to make something totally new. I don't know what that is, what it sounds like or what it looks like. I just have to trust that the muse will appear. I've written hundreds of songs, but I can't tell you how I should do it. I don't really know. I'm always happy when they materialize, but if I knew exactly where that button is that you press that suddenly makes that happen, then I'd keep pressing it. But, you know, it shifts all the time. You always think that the last song you wrote is the last song you'll ever write -- which is probably a good way to think."

The full track list for My Songs: Live includes:

1.      Introduction/ Message In A Bottle (Live)

2.      Englishman In New York (Live)

3.      Brand New Day (Live)

4.      Wrapped Around Your Finger (Live)

5.      Seven Days (Live)

6.      King Of Pain (Live)

7.      So Lonely (Live)

8.      Desert Rose (Live)

9.      Every Breath You Take (Live)

10.  Russians (Live)

11.  Fragile (Live)


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