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by Machedon Emilia
Quick facts on Sting:
Sting was born in Wallsend, Northumberland (a working class district of Newcastle Upon Tyne) England on October 2, 1951.
· Sting's real name
Gordon Matthew Sumner.
· Sting's former career (before The Police)
Before becoming lead singer of the band The Police, Sting was a ditch digger. He was also a school teacher at St. Paul's Roman Catholic First School in Cramlington, England. There he taught English and was also a football (soccer) coach. Before being invited to join The Police by Stewart Copeland, Sting was in many jazz bands, including The Ronnie Pierson Trio, Earthrise, the Phoenix Jazz Band, the River City Jazz Band, the Newcastle Big Band, and Last Exit.
· How did Sting receive his nickname?
He received the nickname Sting while a member of The Phoenix Jazzmen. Everyone in the band had a nickname. One day Sting came to a rehearsal in a striped soccer sweater and the trombone player, Gordon Solomon, remarked that Sting looked like a bee. This led to him being called " Stinger" - which eventually became " Sting. "
· Is Sting going deaf?
It is true that Sting has been slowly losing his hearing. He is working with doctors trying to regain some of the hearing he has lost. He said on November 7, 1995 that the problem is not serious or career threatening.
· What instruments does Sting play?
He plays guitar, bass guitar, mandolin, piano, harmonica, saxophone, and pan flute.
Regarding Sting's preferences in bass guitars, one of his favorites is a 1954 Fender Precision Bass. He is also quite fond of his 1962 Fender Jazz Bass. He owns a 150 year-old upright bass (seldom used on tour) as well as a custom-made Hamer eight string. During his early Police days he used an Ibanez (long-scale fretless), a Z-bass that he purchased during the Zenyatta Mondatta tour which is a long, narrow upright bass that can be heard on the original " Don't Stand So Close to Me" and " Every Little Thing She Does is Magic". He used a Steinberger during the Ghost in the Machine tour, a Spector, a Fender Telecaster, and a Fender Stratocaster for the Synchronicity tour (and a Fender Precision fretless from 1954 during the recording of the album). In the studio he uses any combination of bass guitars. During his solo career, Sting used his '62 Jazz Bass, an Ibanez Roadstar II fretless, and a Precision with a Modulus Graphite neck for the Soul Cages tour, a short-scale Ibanez fretless for the Ten Summoner's Tales tour, and a Yamaha jazz bass for the Mercury Falling tour. He usually uses a Gibson Chet Atkins for most performances of Fragile.
· Is it true that Sting has a name for his bass guitar?
He calls his Z-bass " Brian".
· Some information on Sting's personal life and family
Sting has been married twice, first to Frances Tomelty (1976-1982) and currently to Trudie Styler whom he married in August, 1992 at his childrens' urging. Sting has six children, two with his first wife and four with Trudie.
Sting's mother, Audrey, died of cancer while Sting was in Montserrat recording Nothing Like the Sun at the time and refused to fly back for the funeral, because he did not want to turn it into a media circus. Instead, he dedicated the album to her.
Sting's father, Eric, died of cancer shortly thereafter. Sting was in Brazil touring for Nothing Like the Sun at the time. He later wrote and dedicated some of the music from The Soul Cages to his father.
Sting is the oldest of four children.
· Where does Sting live?
He owns an estate in Wiltshire, England called Lake House where Ten Summoner's Tales and Mercury Falling were recorded. He also owns a home in the London area. He owns an apartment in New York City formerly owned by Billy Joel. He also has a home in Malibu, California and a villa in Tuscany, Italy.
· Work with charities
Sting has played benefit concerts for Amnesty International and The Rainforest Foundation.
In June 1995, Sting designed a limited edition tee shirt for the Hard Rock Cafe chain of restaurants. Part of the proceeds from tee shirt sales will benefit the Elton John Aids Foundation.
Sting, his wife Trudie, and a Brazilian Indian Chief started The Rainforest Foundation in 1989 to stop the destruction of the Brazilian rainforests.
· Honorary degrees
Sting received an honorary Doctorate of Music degree from Northumbria University in October, 1992 and an honorary degree from Berklee College of Music in May, 1994.
One of my favourite songs from his last album is " Desert Rose". Here are the lyrics:
From the album " Brand New Day"
Words and music by Sting
I dream of rain
I dream of gardens in the desert sand
I wake in pain
I dream of love as time runs through my hand
I dream of fire
Those dreams are tied to a ho...
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