BY ELLIOT STEPHEN COHEN
“I’m really not an extrovert,” admitted British singer, composer, multi-instrumentalist, and actor Sting, “but walking onstage to sing is the opposite.”
Fortunately for the packed auditorium crowd, the 62 year-old 16-time Grammy Award winner, looking extremely fit, attired in a form-fitting white t-shirt and equally tight grey jeans, treated everyone in attendance to a half-dozen new songs from his forthcoming CD, The Last Ship (his first album of original material in ten years) on which he accompanied himself on a small, amplified, acoustic guitar.
The former leader of the The Police, one of the world’s biggest rock groups of the early 80’s, known for such radio staples as “Roxanne,” ” Can’t Stand Losing You,” “Don’t Stand So Close To Me,” and “Every Breath You Take,” was here this evening to discuss his life with noted rock music journalist Anthony DeCurtis, as well as talk about the album which will also serve as the soundtrack of a new play of the same name,
With overhead projected photos, the former Gordon Waller, who was born in the tough, gritty, shipbuilding and coal mining town of Wallsend, England, recounted his personal journey from schoolteacher to iconic rock star.
Near the evening’s end, Sting offered this personal philosophy, “People say you can change the world with a song. That’s absurd…but you should try.”
Responding to a concluding question from an audience member as to whether he would ever consider another Police reunion like the tremendously successful 2007 one, he replied, “It was an exercise in nostalgia, but I’m not interested in that anymore.”