Sting Explains Why He Prefers To Be A Solo Artist, ‘It’s Not A Power Thing At All’
Former lead singer of the Police and currently solo musician Sting opened up about the band’s reunion back in 2007 during an interview with Reader’s Digest and stated that he did not feel the way he thought he would at the end of the tour while revealing why he would prefer to be a solo artist.
As many of you might know, Sting used to be the principal songwriter, lead singer, and bassist for the Police from 1977 to 1984, however, he revealed that his decision to leave the band was made while on stage during a concert on August 18, 1983, at Shea Stadium in New York City.
The band got together in order to perform a reunion tour back in 2007 and it became the sixteenth highest-grossing tour of all time with revenues reaching over $360 million. Even at the beginning of the tour, there were already positive reviews both from fans and critics.
Despite the fact that their fans were thrilled by their reunion, apparently, not all members of the Police were happy with the reunion as Sting revealed during a recent interview. Apparently, the iconic singer expected a whole different feeling at the end of the tour and would not do it if he knew how it ended in the first place.
In addition to this, Sting revealed that he prefers the freedom of being a solo musician when it comes to the room of creativity without considering others. The legendary musician also stressed the fact that preferring to be a solo artist is not about power, it’s just about creating the right music for one’s self rather than others in the band.
Here is what Sting said:
“At the time I labeled the tour an exercise in nostalgia. That was simply how I felt and is still how I feel today. I think it’s OK to be honest about your feelings and that was the way it went for me. That’s not a slight on the people I was with or the way things panned out, it’s just how I saw it by the end, and let’s be honest, that’s not how I wanted to remember it. If I thought that would be the emotion I’d be leaving with, I wouldn’t have done it in the first place.
It’s not a power thing at all, it’s just about producing exactly the brand and style of music that feels right for you. Music, in every form, is a collaborative process, but never more so than in a band, where you have to consider other people almost more than you do yourself.”
You can see the source of the interview by clicking here.