Friday, May 17, 2024

Sting Will Rock Today Show’s Plaza for First Time


If you’re a Sting fan, circle May 13th and 14th.

The former Police front man, I am told, is going to rock Rockefeller Plaza on Friday May 14th. Sting’s going to inaugurate the Today Show’s Summer Concert series on the Plaza.

He’ll have to stay up all night, though. On the prior evening, Sting and wife Trudie Styler will present their bi-annual Rainforest Foundation concert at Carnegie Hall (with a donors dinner at the Plaza Hotel). They’ve already signed up Elton John and Lady GaGa, as well as legend Shirley Bassey. More names will follow. But long time player James Taylor won’t be able to make it. He’s on tour this spring with Carole King.

All of this comes as Sting continues to sell out dates around the country for his concert hall tour.

The Rainforest Foundation celebrates its 21st birthday this year, and it’s been an amazing success. Despite efforts to denigrate it by naysayers, the Rainforest Foundation has collected and distributed millions and millions of dollars toward the preservation of indigenous people of the rainforests. The work spreads and spreads, too.

Styler has been particularly effective in bringing the tragedies of the rainforest to light: last year she was heavily involved in a much praised documentary called “Crude,” about how Chevron Oil has poisoned the water supply in Ecuador. Unlike you or I, she actually went there and helped bring water tanks with filters.

And just this past February, Sting returned to Brazil to visit old friends from the Rainforest–you can read it about at

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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