Sting rocks 6,000 fans with classic and new hits at concert


  • Nation
  • Wednesday, 02 Feb 2005

BY MUMTAJ BEGUM

KUALA LUMPUR: After an 11-year wait, Sting fans in Malaysia got to see “the Englishman in Kuala Lumpur” last night. 

Holding court at the Putra Stadium in Bukit Jalil for almost two hours, the music icon performed classic songs – from his rock band The Police days – as well as new tracks from his seventh solo studio album, Sacred Love, to an appreciative 6,000-strong audience. 

Some of the songs performed were Englishman in New York, Message in a Bottle, Sacred Love, Fragile, Desert Rose, Roxanne and everyone’s favourite, Every Breath You Take

Before introducing his band members, Sting, whose real name is Gordon Sumner, welcomed the KL crowd by saying “Selamat petang” (Good Evening) and “Apa khabar semua? (How are you all?)” 

The crowd went wild and the people screamed throughout the concert.  

Spotted in the crowd were Youth and Sports Minister Datuk Azalina Othman, rock queen Ella, Malaysian AIDS Foundation chairman Datin Paduka Marina Mahathir and actress/model Kavitha Kaur. 

The 53-year-old rock star arrived here on Sunday night from Seoul, South Korea, where he performed for two nights.  

His concerts in Asia are in line with his Sacred Love World Tour, which began in January 2003. 

His one-night performance in Malaysia will be followed by two performances in Bangalore and New Delhi in India.  

The final leg of his tour is in Australia, where he will play for three nights. 

One of the concert dates – Feb 10 – is a benefit show to raise funds for the victims of the tsunami disaster.  

It was arranged after Sting was forced to cancel a show in Sri Lanka due to the disaster. He hopes to raise A$1mil (RM2.97mil). 

Sting’s show in Malaysia was presented by Malaysia’s Jojo Entertainment and Singapore-based regional promoters Lushington Entertainments. 

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