Sting has a new live album out -- but only for certain fans.
The new 57th & 9th: Live From Chicago is a new 10-track vinyl and digital download recorded on March 3 and available only to subscribers to his official web site.
The album is included as a premium as part of the $45 subscription, which also gets members special deals on tickets and merchandise and access to exclusive content. The album shows off the smaller, four-piece band Sting has been using for the tour promoting his latest album, 57th & 9th, and he tells us he likes working in that particular configuration:
"In some ways (it's) easier because there's less band-leading to do. I don't have to organize space as much because it's just naturally a function of a smaller group being there. With no keyboards, less of the frequencies are taken up, so there’s a lot of space. We'll miss the occasional arrangement thing with not having a larger band, but I think that'll be made up for by the space that's created."
The Live From Chicago album mixes 57th & 9th songs with older Police and Sting solo favorites. Subscribers can sign up at Sting.com.
Sting kicks off an eight-date North American tour on August 29 in Lenox, Mass.
The full track listing for Live From Chicago includes:
Side 1: "Heading South On The Great North Road," "Synchronicity II," 'Spirits In The Material World," "I Can’t Stop Thinking About You," and "Fields Of Gold."
Side 2 : "Down, Down, Down," "Petrol Head," "Pretty Young Soldier," "Desert Rose," and "Every Breath You Take."
Gary Graff is an award-winning music journalist who not only covers music but has written books on Bob Seger, Neil Young and Bruce Springsteen.