The Simple Truth - Musician, August 1991

The following are excerpts from an article about Sting which appeared in the August, 1991 issue of "Musician" magazine.

It's a beautiful May afternoon in Holland. Sting is in the dining room, eating. Peter Gabriel is in the foyer, talking, and Sinead O'Connor is outside in the garden with her friend, waltzing. All of these luminaries are waiting to board the tour bus outside their hotel in the Hague, and go to the concert hall where Sting is in the middle of a five-night stand. Gabriel and Sinead have flown over to guest-star in a segment of tonight's concert which will be broadcast around the world as part of the Simple Truth Appeal, a charity telecast to benefit the Kurdish refugees in Iraq. ... Two walls away 10,000 people have entered the hall and watched opening sets by Nashville singer/songwriter Kennedy Rose and vocalist/percussionist Vinx. Sinead is in her dressing room with her friend Tex Axile from Transvision Vamp. There's almost two hours before Sinead goes on, and Tex convinces her the time would be well spent learning to juggle. Soon the contents of her complimentary fruit basket are bouncing around the room. Sting's band is about to go on when Vinnie [Colaiuta. Sting's drummer] storms by Sinead's door, muttering that the TV people have sent him off to shave so that he can be made-up for tonight's filming. A few minutes later Vinnie is shaved, Sinead has all her fruit in the air, and a big roar goes up from 10,000 Dutchmen as Sting and his band run onstage and swing into "All This Time," his latest hit. ... "Purple Haze" brings the already ecstatic audience into chair- stamping, match-lighting heaven. The appearance of Gabriel and Sinead induces rapture. "Games Without Frontiers", "My Special Child" and "Don't Give Up" are received like Woodstock. By the time Sting leads everyone through a sing-along "Every Breath You Take", the crowd is going nuts and Sinead and Gabriel are grinning ear to ear. When Sting and his band play "Message in a Bottle," Sinead hides behind a speaker at the side of the stage, doing her "Emperor's New Clothes" dance. The dressing rooms after the show turn into a party, as all those pent-up, pre-show nerves give way to glee. Sting crosses the room, cups Sinead's face in his hands, and announces, "You are beautiful!" Sinead, with joking lustiness and swinging a beer, grabs an eyeful of Sting's naked chest, and declares, "Hey, you're gorgeous!" "A fucking great time!" Sinead grins as Sting moves off. "I got to sing the _dododos_ on 'Every Breath You Take', which I've been practicing for years." She takes a swig. "Hoping I'd be asked!" The bus ride back to the hotel is giddy. The musicians are laughing, singing, waving to teenage fans. It feels like a football team returning from a big win. All the gloom is gone from Peter Gabriel, who seems downright lighthearted. Sinead demands a sing-along, and Sting leads everyone in Spinal Tap's "Big Bottom." They all know "Big Bottom." Then Sting and Sinead recide the Tap's "Stonehenge" monologue. Manager Miles Copeland insists that when _Spinal Tap_ was shown in middle America, audiences thought it was a real documentary. ...