Friday, May 24, 2024

Happy Birthday Sting: Rock’s New Wave Mensch-Slash-Family Man Turns 68, Still Fighting the Good Fight for the Amazon, Other Causes


Happy Birthday, Sting! Newcastle’s very own Gordon Sumner turns 68 today, which seems impossible. No one of that age is hipper, smarter, funnier, more of a family man, and a brilliant musician. Let’s hope he’s taking a few days off from writing and recording, and from championing great causes.

Whether it’s the Rainforest Foundation or Amnesty International or a dozen other good works, Sting (with his movie producer-director actress wife Trudie Styler) stands tall for so many important causes. They will celebrate three decades of raising money to protect the Amazon rain forests this December with another all-star concert at Carnegie Hall.

Sting has six children (four with Trudie) and six grandchildren. Their actress daughter Mickey Sumner appears in Noah Baumbach’s “Marriage Story” (she co-starred in his ‘Frances Ha’), and stars in the TBS series “Snowpiercer.” All of the Sumner kids are successes (and damn nice people) including another actress, Kate, filmmaker Jake, two rockers (Joe, and Eliot aka Coco), and college student Giacomo. Sting, who has two sisters and a brother, is known for being a family man, and the warm leader of circles within circles of friends. (When he celebrated his 60th, half of Newcastle arrived in New York.) He’s also been madly in love with Trudie for longer than most of his fans have been alive!

Real geniuses never stop creating, and that’s true enough for Sting. He will appear this winter in his stage musical, “The Last Ship,” in Los Angeles and San Francisco. He and Shaggy won Best Reggae Album last January. He’s been touring his wonderful “My Songs” album all summer and fall. There are rumbles of a new solo album some time next year. Earlier this year, in a live streamed interview, Paul McCartney said the one song he wished he’d written was Sting’s “Fields of Gold.” That’s like being knighted! And in April, BMI announced that “Every Breath You Take” was their most played song ever– 15 million times– beating the Righteous Brothers’ “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feeling.”

So happiest of birthdays. With all that, still the best is yet to come!



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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