Despite having one of the busiest concert schedules I have ever seen – which involves back and forth between continents – Sting is extending his “My Songs” residency stint in Vegas. His critically-acclaimed residency at the Colosseum at Caesers Palace has been incredibly successful since its 2021 launch. And really, it’s Sting; he could play there for years and sell it out. For this extension though, the added dates will take place in April 2023.
The 17-time Grammy winner has such an amazing history that I honestly have struggled to write this. Seriously, how do you even cover Sting’s career without writing a book?!
Born Gordon Sumner, Sting fronted The Police from 1977-1984, then began his solo work, which has incorporated a multitude of genres. He is almost a member of the EGOT club having won an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar; he just needs that Tony award.
As a member of The Police, he has been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and with the band and solo, he has sold more than 100 million records. If I can be gossipy for a moment; he also has a net worth of more than $300 million. It would be easy to hate him for that, but the man is just as well known for his decades of activism and charity work.
The Police were formed in the UK when Sting (bass and vocals), Andy Summers (guitar), and Stewart Copeland (drums) joined forces and forged ahead as part of the new wave movement.
Their debut album, “Outlandos d’Amour,” put them in the top ten on UK charts courtesy of “Roxanne” and “Can’t Stand Losing You.” They struck gold again with the follow up, “Reggatta de Blanc,” which included “Walking on the Moon” and “Message in a Bottle.”
They still had more hits as their following albums included the monsters “Every Little Thing She Does is Magic,” “Don’t Stand So Close to Me,” and of course one of the best (and most misunderstood) songs ever, “Every Breath You Take.” If you were listening to music in the ‘80s, you owned “Synchronicity.” It’s just the way it was.
Hit after hit, tour after tour… that is a lot to take on in just a few short years and things got stressful enough for the band to break up in the mid ‘80s. Sting was acting, Copeland was scoring films, everyone had solo projects; there were jealousies, tension, fame, money… all the usual things that break bands. They each had to record their parts for “Synchronicity” separately, so yea, it was not going well on the inside.
The guys have reunited for the Hall of Fame induction and their 2008 reunion tour was the biggest-selling tour that year. They remain one of the best-selling bands of all time, but Sting has certainly done well on his own.
His first solo CD, 1985’s “The Dream of the Blue Turtles,” kicked off his list of hit songs with “If You Love Somebody Set Them Free.” The album was nominated for multiple Grammys and went triple platinum, proving he could do things on his own. “Love is the Seventh Wave,” did very-very well on radio worldwide.
Since then, he has had what seems like a bazillion successful songs: “We’ll Be Together,” “All This Time,” “If I Ever Lose My Faith in You,” “Fields of Gold,” “Englishman in New York,” “Let Your Soul Be Your Pilot,” “I’m So Happy I Can’t Stop Crying,” “Desert Rose,” etc., etc. The man can write. He continued to get Grammy awards and every other musical award you can earn.
Then just last year, Sting released a new album, “The Bridge,” plus an album of duets shockingly titled “Duets.” The compilation album included duets with Annie Lennox, Herbie Hancock, Eric Clapton, Mary J. Blige, and others.
Las Vegas, Nevada
Back to Vegas… all these decades of history will be compressed into one epic night. You’ll hear at least 20 songs you love, performed by the legend himself. The “My Songs” performances feature songs from his Police days and solo work. Previous shows have included “Roxanne,” “Message in a Bottle,” “If You Love Somebody Set Them Free,” “Fields of Gold,” “Walking on the Moon,” “So Lonely,” “King of Pain,” “Every Breath You Take,” and “Fragile.” Sting also released the “My Songs” CD in 2019 which includes new renditions of the iconic songs.
Book your travel now to catch Sting in Las Vegas April 1-9, 2023. In addition to regular tickets, there are VIP packages that include a Q&A with the man himself and seating ON the stage! Sign me up!