NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. (November 14, 2016) – Following the recent release of Sting’s highly anticipated rock/pop album, 57th & 9th, Cherrytree Management and Live Nation today announced Sting will take to the road in 2017 on a very special tour featuring concert dates in clubs, theaters and arenas throughout North America and Europe. Sting will make a stop at The Theater at MGM National Harbor Sunday, March 12, 2017.
On the 57th & 9th Tour, Sting will be joined by a three-piece band including his longtime guitarist Dominic Miller, Josh Freese (drums) and Rufus Miller (guitar). Special guests include singer/songwriter Joe Sumner as well as San Antonio-based Tex-Mex band The Last Bandoleros.
Tickets for the 57th & 9th Tour go on sale Monday, Nov. 21 at 10 a.m. EST. Tickets can be purchased online at mgmnationalharbor.com or ticketmaster.com. For more show and ticket information, visit mgmnationalharbor.com or call (844) 346-4664. In North America, every ticket purchased online includes a digital download of Sting’s new album, 57th & 9th.
Members of the official Sting.com Fan Club will have access to pre-sale tickets beginning Tuesday, Nov. 15 at 10 a.m. EST. A pre-sale for Citi cardmembers begins Thursday, Nov. 17 at 10 a.m. EST and ends Sunday, Nov. 20 at 5 p.m. EST. A Live Nation and M life Rewards members pre-sale will begin Saturday, Nov. 19 at 10 a.m. EST to 5 p.m. EST. To join M life Rewards or for more information, visit mlife.com.
Sting’s twelfth solo studio album, 57th & 9th, his first rock/pop project in over a decade, was released Friday, Nov. 11 on A&M/Interscope Records. The ten-song collection represents a wide range of Sting’s musical and songwriting styles from the raucous, guitar-driven first single, “I Can’t Stop Thinking About You” to the ferocious, Road Warrior-style imagery of “Petrol Head” and the anthemic “50,000.” The album, produced by Martin Kierszenbaum, was recorded in just a few weeks with Sting’s long-time collaborators Dominic Miller and Vinnie Colaiuta (drums), as well as drummer Josh Freese (Nine Inch Nails, Guns n’ Roses), guitarist Lyle Workman and backing vocals by the San Antonio-based Tex-Mex band The Last Bandoleros.
Composer, singer-songwriter, actor, author, and activist Sting was born in Newcastle, England before moving to London in 1977 to form The Police with Stewart Copeland and Andy Summers. The band released five studio albums, earned six Grammy Awards and two Brits, and was inducted into The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2003.
As one of the world’s most distinctive solo artists, Sting has received an additional 10 Grammy Awards, two Brits, a Golden Globe, an Emmy, three Oscar nominations, a TONY nomination, Billboard Magazine’s Century Award, and MusiCares 2004 Person of the Year. Also a member of the Songwriters Hall of Fame, in December 2014 he received the Kennedy Center Honors, one of the most prestigious cultural prizes in the United States. Throughout his enduring career, he has sold close to 100 million albums from his combined work with The Police and as a solo artist.
Sting’s support for human rights organizations such as the Rainforest Fund, Amnesty International and Live Aid mirrors his art in its universal outreach. Along with wife Trudie Styler, Sting founded the Rainforest Fund in 1989 to protect both the world’s rainforests and the indigenous people living there. Together they have held 17 benefit concerts to raise funds and awareness for our planet’s endangered resources, with the next event scheduled for December 14 at Carnegie Hall. Since its inception, the Rainforest Fund has expanded to a network of interconnected organizations working in more than 20 countries over three continents.
ABOUT JOE SUMNER:
Joe Sumner has been honing his solo work for the past five years. While simultaneously fronting rock band Fiction Plane and pushing boundaries in the tech space with his app Vyclone, Sumner has been painstakingly stripping back all that he finds inauthentic.
The result is a spacious and colorful sound that would not be out of place in a Wes Anderson movie. Starting with just his voice and an acoustic guitar, he writes heartfelt, playful and genuine songs that are never quite finished. “Every time I play a song I leave at least a few parts of it completely open to improvisation,” he says of his loose and collaborative performing style. “After you play a song fifty times I think it should get better, not just stay the same!”
This open-minded attitude comes in part from his extremely varied musical experiences – from touring with acts that he literally calls family (The Police, Sting) to artists like Snoop Dogg or singing in a modern opera and writing hits for other European artists. Sumner also teaches highly acclaimed workshops at music schools focusing on the emotional pressures of songwriting.
Joe Sumner’s debut solo single “Jellybean” will be released in January 2017.
ABOUT THE LAST BANDOLEROS:
The Last Bandoleros are a four-piece outfit blending Tex-Mex, country and rock n’ roll. Their story begins in San Antonio, Texas with guitarist/producer Jerry Fuentes who, during a musical pilgrimage to Manhattan, chanced to meet New York native, singer-songwriter/producer Derek James.
Fuentes and James began collaborating in Brooklyn. But, Fuentes kept being drawn back to his native Texas to record in the same San Antonio studio where a couple of talented brothers were also emerging. Diego and Emilio Navaira, sons of Tejano music legend, Emilio Navaira, Sr., had been making a name for themselves around town for their energetic live performances and sterling vocal chops. Fuentes decided to combine both of his universes by introducing Derek to Diego and Emilio and inviting them to joint-sessions in Brooklyn and San Antonio where riffs and lyrics began flying fast.
Newly christened The Last Bandoleros, the quartet began playing live, opening for The Mavericks, Jon Pardi, Josh Abbott Band, Los Lonely Boys and Marc Broussard. Recognizing their high level of musicianship, Sting called upon them to sing backing vocals on his “I Can't Stop Thinking About You” single which soared the heights of radio charts around the world.
Praise also began pouring in from the music press. Rolling Stone wrote: “[The Last Bandoleros’] music caroms wildly from rock and country to conjunto and pop, adding up to a sound that's hard to get out of your head.” People Magazine dubbed the band “ones to watch” and Entertainment Weekly included them in their “Breaking Big” list. HITS Magazine described The Last Bandoleros as “Tex-Mex meets harmony-rich Beatlesque pop, with a healthy dollop of boy-pop charisma.”
The Last Bandoleros combine their unique cultural experiences with rare musical camaraderie and, as audiences will continue to discover, their exuberance and joy are contagious.
For complete tour and ticket information, visit www.sting.com & www.livenation.com.