On Wednesday, June 2, 2010, Sting will begin the North American section of a worldwide concert tour with the 45-piece Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra, conducted by Maestro Steven Mercurio, supported by an additional four piece band. Long time Sting band mate Dominic Miller will play guitar, David Cossin will play percussion, Ira Coleman will play bass, and Jo Lawry will sing as vocalist. Sting, who has won 16 Grammy Awards, also plans to tour the U.K. and Europe with this unique group.
The North American tour begins in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada at The Centre in Vancouver for the Performing Arts. The concert tour will feature Sting’s songs as a soloist and member of the group, The Police, who recently found great success in their concert tours throughout 2007 and 2008.
Classics like “Desert Rose”, “Fields of Gold”, “Every Breath You Take”, Englishman in New York”, “Every Little Thing She Does is Magic”, “Fragile”, and “Roxanne” have already been announced. Here are some additional suggestions.
Musicians could feature the horn sections on “Fortress Around Your Heart” and an expanded big band type horn section in the refrain of the previously announced “Roxanne”. String stresses would be perfect for “Russians”, the announced “Fields of Gold”, “Seven Days”, “They Dance Alone”, and announced “Desert Rose”.
Clarinets and saxophones can shine on the announced “Englishman in New York”, “Children’s Crusade”, and “Send Your Love” with percussion features on “Love is the Seventh Wave” and the driving “King of Pain” or “Message in a Bottle”.
Even arrangements on “When We Dance”, “If I Ever Lose My Faith in You”, and “Moon Over Bourbon Street” would be great with an intimate combination blend of “Soul Cages” to “Island of Souls” where the music ebbs to a high emotional level.
A similar, more energetic blend for "Synchronicity" and “Synchronicity II" would create a fast paced transitional experience. Additional selections could include “Moonlight”, “Why Should I Cry For You”, “I Was Brought to My Senses”, “Wrapped Around Your Finger”, and “Invisible Sun”.
Sting’s artistic craftsmanship provides an outstanding anchor to showcase these talented musicians. Tickets are already available for several shows and Sting Fan Club members can get advance tickets and other special privileges.