The Police frontman Sting will be coming to a city near you in 2017. The Roxanne singer has announced tour dates across Europe and North America in support of his latest solo studio album 57th & 9th.
Kicking off on 1 February in Vancouver, Canada, the 65-year-old musician will then move onto various cities throughout the US before beginning the European leg on 21 March in Barcelona. The concerts are set to take place in clubs, theatres and arenas, with singer-songwriter Joe Sumner and San Antonio-based Tex Mex band The Last Bandoleros confirmed as special guests.
Tickets for the European dates go on sale through Live Nation at 10am on Friday 18 November. Sting will perform two nights in the UK with his show at Manchester's Apollo taking place on 7 April and his London show scheduled for the Eventim Apollo in Hammersmith on 9 April. Additional dates for South America and Asia will be announced in the coming weeks.
As well as his special guests, Sting will be joined by a three-piece band consisting of his longtime guitarist Dominic Miller, drummer Josh Freese and guitarist Rufus Miller. Fans in the UK who pre-order Sting's new album at HMV will receive priority pre-sale tickets to the concert date of their choice while every ticket purchased online in the US includes a digital download of the record.
The live shows prove Sting is not allowing his hearing loss to affect his career. In an interview with People, the Shape Of My Heart singer admitted that he is "fairly deaf" but refuses to wear a hearing aid. He said: "I'm fairly deaf. 'What?' is my favourite word. I tried wearing a hearing aid, but I heard more than I wanted to hear. People talk a lot of s**t."
Sting was most recently seen on stage on 12 November when he reopened the Bataclan concert venue in France to mark the first anniversary of the terror attacks in Paris. In a touching Instagram post, Sting said of the anniversary: "In re-opening the Bataclan, we have two important tasks to reconcile."
He continued: "First, to remember and honour those who lost their lives in the attack a year ago, and second to celebrate the life and the music that this historic theatre represents. In doing so we hope to respect the memory as well as the life affirming spirit of those who fell. We shall not forget them."