A million years ago, I was watching “The Secret Policeman’s Other Ball” on HBO and happened to catch Sting’s version of “Messsage in a Bottle” with him singing alone with only his bass. The accousics in the building (I think it was Royal Albert Hall) were splendid. Sting’s lone performance of that song was so magnificent, I’ve been looking for that experience ever since.
We’ve seen Sting twice by himself in the 90’s, with the Police on their most recent tour, with the London Philharmonic Orchestra last year which was sooo beautiful by the way. And then we saw him again Last Friday at the Verizon theater here in H-town, a small venue which I prefer.
Here’s a snippet of “Back to Bass” (back to basics) of him doing “Roxanne” with only his voice and his bass. (apologies for the poor optics due to the harsh lighting) but I’m sure you’ll enjoy!
Video by Husband, of course.