Sunday, April 21, 2024

Sting’s “Duets” Album Postponed Until March, But Watch Rocker’s Performance of “Englishman in NY” for Cancer Charity Fundraiser


It’s good news and not exactly bad news for Sting’s legions of fans.

The superstar rocker was supposed to release his “Duets” album at the end of this month. But with many configurations of CDs and LPs, “Duets”– featuring Annie Lennox, Mary J. Blige, Eric Clapton, Sam Moore, etc — has been delayed until March 2021. His PR says there were manufacturing delays due to the pandemic, which is all too common right now.

The good news is that Sting will appear tomorrow night– Tuesday, November 10th — on the 15th annual Taste of Hope cancer charity fundraiser. This annual event is usually in person at the Metropolitan Pavilion on West 18th St. A hundred or more four star restaurants serve up their delicious fare to a packed room of donors.

Alas, the event has moved online tomorrow night, where donors will get to see Sting perform one of his hits live from Italy. WCBS-TV’s Chris Wragge is hosting as usual. Many celebs will make appearances including comic Mario Cantone, and actors Giancarlo Esposito, Harry Lennix, Amy Ryan, Peter Onorati, Alyssa Reiner and David Alan Basche, and even football great Harry Carson.

The event honors chef Michael White — of New York’s Marea, Ai Fiori, Osteria Morini, Nicoletta, Costata and The Butterfly — and Harlem restaurant star chef Joseph JJ Johnson, who’s got the very popular “Field Trip” with locations in Rock Center and Queens.

Taste of Hope has already raised more than half of its goal this year, and there’s a bargain busting silent auction going on right now. (Everyone knows the best deals are at silent auctions.)

As for Sting, fans may have to wait for that “Duets” album but this performance tomorrow night is special! Plus, it’s for a good cause.



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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