Sting to celebrate his 70th birthday with a concert at the Ancient Theater of Athens
British rock star Sting will celebrate his 70th birthday in Greece with two concerts on September 30 and October 1 at the Odeon of Herodes Atticus on the slopes of the Acropolis in Athens.
The “My Songs Tour”, which took Sting to cities around the world, supports his thirteenth solo studio album My Songs, released on May 24, 2019.
It features new renditions of previously released songs from his illustrious four-and-a-half-year career, including fan favorites “Desert Rose”, “Fields of Gold”, “Englishman in New York” and police mega-hits. “Roxanne,” “Message in a Bottle” and “Every Breath You Take.”
His sold-out concerts at the Odeon were flagship events at the Athens and Epidaurus Festival in late summer 2018. This time, the multi-award-winning artist, who was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2003, will be accompanied by his musician son, Joe Summer, leader of the rock group Fiction Plane.
Alongside his son, Sting will be accompanied by an electric rock ensemble including Dominic Miller (guitar), Josh Freese (drums), Rufus Miller (guitar), Kevon Webster (keyboard), Shane Sager (harmonica) with Melissa Music and Gene Noble (choirs).
Sting, born Gordon Matthew Thomas Sumner, was the lead songwriter, singer and bassist of the new wave rock band The Police from 1977 to 1984. He launched a solo career in 1985 and included elements of rock, jazz, reggae. , classic, new-age and worldbeat in his music.
Along with the police, Sting became one of the best-selling musical artists in the world. Solo and with the Police together, he has sold over 100 million records.
Sting performed at the Odeon of Herodes Atticus in Athens in 2018
Sting gave two sold-out concerts at the Odeon of Herodes Atticus in 2018, as part of the annual Athens and Epidaurus festival.
Famous for its performances of legendary operas and ancient tragedies, the Odeon of Herodes Atticus is a place over 1,800 years old and sits under the rock of the Acropolis.
The Stone Theater is also famous for its wonderful acoustics, considering the time when it was built.
The stands and stage were restored in Pentelic marble in the 1950s. Since then, it has been the main venue for the Athens Festival, which takes place from May to October each year, with a variety of Greek and international performances. acclaimed.
So far only a handful of rock artists have performed there, such as Jethro Tull, Eric Clapton, Solomon Burke, Elvis Costello and a few others. The Foo Fighters were the last rock band to perform in the Old Hall in the summer of 2017.
Last week, famous Italian actress and beauty icon Monica Bellucci performed iconic Greek soprano Maria Callas at the Ancient Theater.
She performs a monologue based on unpublished letters from the great soprano entitled “Maria Callas: Letters and Memories”. It is directed by Tom Volf and based on his book and film “Maria by Callas”.