Sunday, June 16, 2024

Sting, Trudie Styler Add Patti Scialfa, Kevin Spacey to Rainforest Concert


Some news on the Rainforest Foundation concert April 17th at Carnegie Hall. Sting and his wife Trudie Styler have added more guests to the show. Kevin Spacey will sing (as he did in “Beyond the Sea”) and maybe do his Johnny Carson imitation. (I hope so, it’s hilarious.) Also added is Patti Scialfa of the E Street Band (and also Mrs. Bruce Springsteen.) Patti is one of my favorite rockers, so that should be hot stuff. And no, Bruce will not be there. This is Ms. Scialfa as the solo rock star she deserves to be!

The Rainforest concert is always a family affair for Sting and Trudie. So Sting’s eldest son, Joe Sumner, of the rock group Fiction Plane, will perform. And one of the couple’s two talented daughters, Eliot, a budding rock star herself, will sing one of her many amazing songs.

Also added to the night are two ballet dancers: Alessandra Ferri (ballet dancer) and Herman Cornejo (ABT). They join Sting, James Taylor, Paul Simon, Renee Fleming, Dionne Warwick and Stephen Stills, who’d better sing “Love the One You’re With.”

Sting and Trudie will talk about their 25 years supporting the Rainforest and its indigenous people on “The Colbert Report” on April 10th at 11:30pm. Sting will also perform a couple of songs from his upcoming Broadway musical “The Last Ship,” which starts previews in June in Chicago. The whole saga of the Rainforest Foundation is really stunning. I hope they issue a book soon of their many accomplishments. Sting and Trudie had a lot of foresight 25 years ago, considering the recent climate change report.

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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