Sting: My Geordie roots gave me a 'sense of who I am' in world of fame...

November 09, 2023

Sting encouraged young people in the North East to "dream hard and dream high" as he paid homage to his hometown.

Multi-award-winning musician and actor Sting has received the Freedom of the Borough of North Tyneside, 13 years after he was awarded the civic honour in 2010.

The Wallsend-born musician, whose real name is Gordon Matthew Sumner CBE, received the honour on 9 November 2023 at an official ceremony in North Shields.

On the award, Sting told ITV Tyne Tees: "It's a huge honour and I've had many, many honours in the world, but they were just manifestations of what I dreamed of here as a kid.

"You know I was wandering the streets, wandering the beaches thinking, what am I going to do with my life? And fantasising that I could be a famous singer, or a musician and sing my songs all over the world and be famous.

"I must have dreamt them very hard because that's what happened to me. But they were dreamt here."

Sting initially rose to prominence as the frontman, songwriter and bassist for the band The Police from 1977 until their breakup in 1986. Since then he has forged a successful solo career, winning 47 awards including 17 Grammys and three Brits.

On his lasting connection to the North East, he said: "It's about gratitude, about being grateful for where I come from and what that gifted me in terms of character.

"A work ethic, a pride of place that gave me a sense of who I am. I've never lost that, and I live in a world where you can lose yourself.

"It's very intoxicating, fame and success, but I never really lost that. I kept most of my sanity. Most of it.

"Every concert hall I've ever played in, I play all over the world from Australia to New Zealand to Japan and there will be somebody with a black and white shirt on."

The award is the highest honour any local authority can bestow and has been awarded to acknowledge the 72-year-old's achievements, lasting influence on the global music landscape and advocacy for North Tyneside.

He travelled to the interview on the Metro as he said he wanted to enjoy "the nostalgia of being back home", although he did admit to getting lost with the addition of new stops.

The musician, who is a Newcastle United fan, still supports his boyhood club and shared he would love to play at St James Park given the opportunity to do so.

Watch his interview with ITV Local news here.
(c) ITV News


Nov 6, 2023

We are delighted to announce three new shows for 2024. The shows, at Amphitheatre Lochotín in Pilsen (Czech Republic) on 4 June, at Kaunas Zalgirio Arena in Kaunas (Lithuania) on 9 June and at Tartu Song Festival Grounds in Tartu (Estonia) on 10 June will go on presale to members on Tuesday 7 November at 10am and on public sale on Friday 10 November at 10am. All times are local...

Nov 1, 2023

The More I Love My Life is the new song by Narada Michael Walden. The song, on radio and on digital stores from November 10, 2023, anticipates the new album by multiple Grammy winner Narada Michael Walden, Euphoria (out November 17, and on pre-order from October 27). The song boasts the participation of three world music stars: Carlos Santana on guitar solos, Sting on vocals and Stevie Wonder on harmonica...