July 14, 2010
By Gretsch News
Sting recently performed “Next To You” on The Tonight Show
with Jay Leno, with the aid of a Gretsch Black Falcon.
Sting is currently in the middle of a world tour with the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra, performing songs both from his own enduring solo career and hits from the Police songbook, but with a new “classic” twist.
In speaking to the Today Show about the new arrangements, Sting said, “I always want my fans to be surprised by whatever I do. That’s the whole element — surprise and novelty, (I’m) all about it.”
The summer Symphonicity tour, heralded as “one of the must-see concerts of the year” by the New York Post, came about after a one-night performance in 2009 with the Chicago Symphony.
“They asked me to do an hour and a half of my own music for an orchestra,” said Sting. “I had never thought of that before. It worked so well. I loved it; The musicians loved it; The audience loved it. I thought, ‘Let’s take it on the road.’”
To accompany the highly-acclaimed tour, Sting released Symphonicities on July 13. Highlights on the new album include orchestral arrangements of songs such as “Englishman in New York,” “She’s Too Good For Me,” “Roxanne” and “Next To You.”
Sting recently performed “Next To You” on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, with the aid of a Gretsch Black Falcon. We’re told he’ll also be using the Falcon for Thursday morning’s appearance on The Early Show on CBS.