Sting hits SA in March

2011-11-25 00:00

ONE of the most prolific and respected musicians of the past two decades arrives on South African soil next year, and tickets for his concerts go on sale today. Following the success of his North American tour this fall, Sting’s Back to Bass Tour will extend to South Africa early next year as he celebrates the 25th anniversary of his solo career by taking it back to bass.

The show has received stellar reviews throughout North America, and will arrive in South Africa on March 24 and March 25 at the ­Coca-Cola Dome in Johannesburg, and March 27 and March 28 at the Grand Arena, GrandWest in Cape Town. Presented in partnership with 94.5 Kfm, 94.7 Highveld Stereo and M-Net.

In support of Sting: 25 Years, the recently released box-set collection, the Back to Bass tour sees Sting performing songs spanning his dynamic and enduring solo career, from his 1985 debut The Dream of the Blue Turtles to his latest release, Live in Berlin, plus a selection of The Police’s greatest hits. Highlights include the Grammy winners Brand New Day and If I Ever Lose My Faith in You plus fan-favourites Englishman in New York, Desert Rose and Roxanne. Local fans are in for a treat as Sting is joined by long-time guitarist Dominic Miller, Rufus Miller (guitarist), Vinnie ­Colaiuta (drummer), Peter Tickell (electric fiddle), and Jo Lawry (vocalist).

The definitive box set captures, for the first time, both the highlights and rarities of Sting’s enduring solo career. This collection contains three CDs, all remastered exclusively for this set and personally curated by Sting, as well as a previously unreleased live DVD, Rough, Raw & Unreleased, filmed at New York City’s Irving Plaza.

The discs are housed in a hardcover book featuring rare photos, complete lyrics, and newly written commentary by Sting.

TOUR ITINERARY

• Johannesburg (presented by 94.7 Highveld Stereo and M-Net) on March 24 and March 25 at the Coca-Cola Dome. Tickets start R395 (all inclusive).

• Cape Town (presented by 94.5 Kfm and M-Net) on March 27 and March 28 at the Grand Arena, GrandWest Casino. Tickets start at R395 (all inclusive).

• Tickets go on sale today at 9 am from www.computicket.com

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