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  • Sting Releases “57th and 9th”, Announces World Tour

    Sting Releases “57th and 9th”, Announces World Tour

    Sting has returned with his first rock-oriented album in thirteen years. 57th and 9th came together in an impulsively over a few weeks earlier this year and ranges in topic from Syrian refugees (“Inshallah”) to climate change (“One Fine Day”) to the loss of musical heroes (“50,000”). “There’s a child in all of us that... »

  • Aidan Hampson Publishes Best of Coldplay, The Police, and The Eagles Bass Transcription Books

    Aidan Hampson Publishes Best of Coldplay, The Police, and The Eagles Bass Transcription Books

    Aidan Hampson has added three new books to his library of bass transcriptions with The Best of Coldplay, The Best of The Police, and The Best of The Eagles. “Both Coldplay and The Police use a combination of electric and synth bass, and I’ve endeavored to detail their use of each in as much detail... »

  • Solo Career-Spanning Sting Vinyl Set Released

    Solo Career-Spanning Sting Vinyl Set Released

    So, you love yourself some Sting. And you love vinyl. Well, then, The Studio Collection is right up your alley. The 11-LP vinyl box set includes all the bassist-singer-songwriter’s A&M Records studio albums in one collection. The set includes Brand New Day and Sacred Love, which were not previously released on vinyl. Along with Sting,... »

  • “JACO” Documentary and Soundtrack Available

    “JACO” Documentary and Soundtrack Available

    JACO: The Film, has finally arrived. The Metallica bassist Robert Trujillo-produced film about groundbreaking electric bassist Jaco Pastorius is now available on DVD and Blu-ray. The film can be downloaded on iTunes on Dec. 1. The soundtrack is available, too. Jaco’s influence on bass playing cannot be overstated. His work with Weather Report, solo, and... »

  • Documentary Offers Intimate Look at The Police

    Documentary Offers Intimate Look at The Police

    A new documentary film offers an inside perspective on The Police, from the stellar rock band’s formation, through its rise to fame, breakup and reunion. No — the up-close perspective doesn’t come from Sting, the band’s famed bassist and primary songwriter who went on to forge a highly successful solo career – but from guitarist... »

  • New Paperback Edition of Mike Visceglia’s “A View From the Side” Released

    New Paperback Edition of Mike Visceglia’s “A View From the Side” Released

    Top session bassist Mike Visceglia committed the experience of being a pro bassist to print with his book A View From the Side, which is now available in a new paperback edition. Visceglia, well-known for his work with John Cale and Suzanne Vega, has also played/performed with the likes of Bruce Springsteen, Jackson Browne, Phoebe... »

  • Sting: Demolition Man (Live)

    Sting: Demolition Man (Live)

    Today we celebrate the birthday of Gordon Matthew Thomas Sumner (you may know him better as Sting). As many here, I was a big fan of The Police back in the day, so it was cool to hear that Sting was doing a “Back to the Bass” tour in 2011. Here’s Sting on that tour... »

  • The Police: Live at The Old Grey Whistle Test

    The Police: Live at The Old Grey Whistle Test

    Here’s some old school Police for you. Recorded in 1978, Sting and the boys bring their raw energy (and awesome sunglasses) to “Can’t Stand Losing You” and “Next To You” on this taped performance for The Old Grey Whistle Test. The show was The Police’s first ever TV appearance in the UK. »

  • Sting with Christian McBride: Englishman in New York

    Sting with Christian McBride: Englishman in New York

    Last week we celebrated Sting’s birthday, and our Facebook friend Andrew Bennett reminded us of this great version of his hit “Englishman in New York” from the DVD …All This Time. Sting’s eclectic band is joined by double bassist Christian McBride, who kicks the group into a burning jazz trio at the 2:10 mark. »

  • Sting Announces Back to Bass Tour Coming to Europe This Fall

    Sting Announces Back to Bass Tour Coming to Europe This Fall

    Sting just wrapped up his Back to Bass Summer Tour last week and has already announced the return of the tour, with dates across Europe this fall. Sting will be joining up with longtime collaborator Dominic Miller on guitar, Vinnie Colaiuta on drums, David Sancious on keys, Peter Tickell on electric fiddle and Jo Lawry... »