Sting, a bridge over hardship

(AFP) – “How do we get to the other side?”: Sting returns with a new album, “The Bridge” (“The Bridge”), a metaphor for momentum to overcome adversity.

This Englishman, citizen of the world, particularly badly lived the decision of the United Kingdom to cut the bridges with Europe.

“For me, Brexit is a tragedy. I am sad for my country. We knew it would be a disaster,” he told AFP, passing through Paris, in the middle of a series of concerts. ‘Athens to Las Vegas.

“Young British people have been robbed of the opportunity to have experiences in Europe. It’s completely insane,” he added.

He who travels the globe from stage to stage also sees clouds accumulating far beyond the sky of the United Kingdom, with the rise of populist movements.

“We live in a very dangerous political climate at the moment with working classes who feel abandoned by what they call the elites.” The “vulnerable” layers of society are “at the mercy of demagogues”, hawkers of “fake-news”, continues the one who celebrated his 70 years in October and is still not his age.

Whoever is also an actor (we saw him recently in the French film “Kaamelott”) does not taste the tirades of anti-vaccines. “I don’t understand this science of objection. I didn’t hesitate to get the vaccine. I’m old enough to remember those kids on my street who were crippled by polio. And this disease was eradicated thanks to the vaccines “.

– “Go away” –

Isolation, the pandemic, did not directly inspire his new album which comes out on Friday, but they find an echo in the themes addressed.

“All the people I write about are in a transitional stage, in their relationships, between life and death, between sickness and full health.” “We are all looking for that bridge to go somewhere else, to a better place.”

A bridge is also creating links. Even if, in his pieces, the gateways can be tricky in a sentimental story. “I always avoid writing love songs that say + I love you and you love me too +, because we are going in circles. Whereas + I love you but you love someone else +, it is an interesting scenario for an author “.

“At my age, I have experienced the whole spectrum of emotions, from the greatest happiness to the deepest discomfort, so when I write about love, I know that I can be authentic”, continues this musician. to the 100 million albums sold.

A bridge is also what can link generations. Among his six children, five followed the artistic path like him, with two actors, two musicians and a director.

But the latter wants to become “a cop”, said in French with a smile the former leader of the Police. “He says + you are all creative, I want to be useful +”, he laughs.

– “On the road since 1976!” –

A bridge is also a musical term (melodic transition), an art mastered by someone who, as in “The Bridge”, smoothly varies the colorings of jazz, rock or folk. And music question, wasn’t it too hard to record this new opus in full confinement with musicians sometimes playing through a screen?

“It’s not that new to record remotely. Often the drummer can be in Los Angeles, I can be in Paris, another in Italy. The secret is to create some sort of privacy, despite everything, to have warm ties between musicians, that we can hear “.

But now, it’s time for concerts with a very present audience. “I have to fulfill all my commitments postponed by the health crisis, it may take 18 months, but it’s my life, I’ve been on the road since 1976!”. He will therefore still cross many bridges.