Saturday, April 13, 2024

Sting, Forever Young, Celebrates 72nd Birthday on Tour, of Course, with Vibrant “My Songs” Show in Concord, California


Happy Birthday, Gordon Sumner!

Sting celebrates his 72nd birthday on tour, of course, tonight in Concord, California. Sting has been on endless worldwide tour since the pandemic ended, bringing his vibrant show to sold out audiences everywhere.

Three weeks ago I caught Sting and his trio at Jones Beach. The show comprises two hours or more of greatest hits, with a few gems mixed in. You get “Roxanne” and “Every Breath You Take.” but also solo hits like “If Ever I Lose My Faith in You” and “All This Time.” The gems are songs like the gorgeous “Why Do I Cry for You?” and the funky “Loving You.”

The musicianship on stage is beyond compare. The band includes Sting on his supple bass, Dominic Miller doing filigrees on his guitar, and Sting’s gifted son. Joe Sumner, who performs with dad but also opens the show. He has a catchy new single called “Live Life” that I wouldn’t mind hearing on the radio.

There’s nothing like hearing a few thousand people singing “Sending out an SOS.” But the reason they’re doing it is that the songs are so well composed and constructed they’ve lasted 40 years. They’re built like great architecture, the kind where you look up at a building and keep seeing the ornamentation for the first time. “Was that always there?” you ask as Sting’s well trained vibrato soars across the theater even better that it did it, say, The Ritz in 1985.

So happy birthday, Sting! And did I mention that at 72 he looks twenty years younger and the plays guitar with the ferocity of a youngster? I just did!

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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