Sting’s Oct. 2 concert canceled

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STING speaks at the 2019 Juno Awards in London, Ontario, Canada, on March 17. — REUTERS

THE concert of English musician and actor, Sting (Gordon Matthew Thomas Sumner), scheduled on Oct. 2 at the Smart Araneta Coliseum in Quezon City, has been canceled according to the concert’s local organizers.

“We regretfully announce that Sting’s concert scheduled for Oct. 2, 2019 at the Smart Araneta Coliseum is unfortunately canceled due to scheduling conflicts. We apologize for any inconvenience caused by this development and know that Sting hopes to return to Manila soon to perform for his fans,” Ovation Productions said in an e-mail to the media on July 13.

The concert was supposed to be the Philippine stop of Sting’s ongoing My Songs international tour which started in May in Paris to promote his newly released album of the same name. The album features contemporary interpretations of 15 of his most celebrated hits including “Every Breath You Take,” “Demolition Man,” “Brand New Day,” and “Shape of My Heart.”

Mr. Sumner got his start in 1977 as a member of the British rock band The Police where he was the songwriter, lead singer, and bassist. He went on to build a successful solo career in 1985.

Sting has performed several times in the Philippines, first back in 1994 at the Ultra Outdoor Stadium, and most recently during his Sting Back to Bass Tour Manila concert at the Smart Araneta Coliseum in 2012, and with Chris Botti in 2016 at the Marriott Grand Ballroom. — ZBC