Message in a Bottle, Fields of Gold, Every Breath You Take. A piece of the history of rock music made a stop in Rome tonight. Sting brought his Back to Bass Tour to the Auditorium Parco della Musica for the first of three Italian dates (tomorrow will be in Florence on Friday in Assam). "I'm happy to be here. It's been so long," he said in perfect Italian, the English artist saluting the audience that filled the Cavea (besides, for years he has taken a home and farm in Tuscany) before introducing" an old song, "Mad About You".
While waiting to hear the songs of the new album, which comes out in November with the title of "57th & 9th" (from the name of the streets that he crosses every day to go to the recording studio), the stars of the show were the many masterpieces of his repertoire: a leap into the past, from old hits of the Police to the latest solo songs, plus a tribute to Genesis and Peter Gabriel, with whom he has just completed the world tour Rock Paper Scissors. "We just finished but already I miss it, so I'll sing a song," he says before performing "Shock the Monkey", and soon after with "Dancing With The Moonlit Knight" in medley with the great classic the Police "Message In A Bottle".
But from the album of memories are so many songs that inflame the public, in a tour that is already several years long, and several dozens of dates, but despite this still does not lose its polish. Sting who is 66 years old - and in addition to being a musician has enjoyed being an actor, writer and wine producer - still allows you to jump to the end of almost every song, and about his band . So here and there "Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic", "Englishman in New York", "So Lonely", "Desert Rose", "Shape My Heart" that made the fortune of the Police and Sting solo since 1989. It is his story, but the story of each of us. Each of the songs that slips away is the soundtrack of a moment or a lifetime. "Arrivederci Roma," Sting says at the end, after singing "Desert Rose", "Next To You" and "Fragile" and almost two hours of music. To open the concert was Joe Sumner, songwriter, band leader and son of the musician.
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