Wednesday, April 11, 2007

The Police to play in Cuba.

Following the lead of our friend el Gusano, we bring you today the news about The Police.
Well, as we announced back when on KillCastro they finally included Cuba in their world tour for a couple of dates on this upcoming Christmas. A great Christmas gift, I would say.
Sting, you only need to remember to scream at the top of your lungs viva Cuba Libre, and the public will do the rest. Remember that!
I hope Sting will keep it as dignified and as chivalrous as he kept it during his visit to Cuba, where he snubbed the official honchos and he had a great time with regular Cubans and Cuban rockers.
We confirmed all this information through anonymous sources in the entertainment industry here in NYC.
They also told us that the demo submitted by the Police was not of the liking of the music honchos at A&M/Interscope who said that it sounded too much like a Sting solo album soft-jazz-spiritual without the sharp cutting edge of the Police of yesteryear. My guess is that they got to get their old groove back, after these many years....
They will be playing the Giants Stadium in New Jersey (also known as Jimmy Hoffa Memorial Grounds) If they don't sound great here don't worry, they would be playing for a shinding organized by no other than Al Bore. Still, they will manage to kick the collective asses of Bon Jovi and Bruce Springsteen, who are a bunch of fresas as Cuban rockers say...

By Roger Friedman, FOX news

The Police Invited to Play Cuba

The Police may be giving their Cuban fans a free show this Christmas.

The super rock group, which recently reunited for a sell-out world tour, has received an invitation from the Cuban government to perform there in December.

The Havana show would be the last one in North America, ending the Police's massive tour that begins on May 28 in Vancouver.

The invite stems from a recent visit to Havana over the 2006 Christmas holiday by Sting and Trudie Styler where they met with many local musicians and poets.

"They were overwhelmed by the Cuban culture and the arts and the musicality," a source said. "The people were very generous to them with their time."

The couple evidently started out the vacation at one of Havana's large tourist hotels, but quickly moved to more intimate accommodations. Immediately, musicians started showing up every night, sources said, wanting to meet and jam with Sting.

Sting is not the only member of the Police who has been to Cuba and wants to go back. Stewart Copeland and Andy Summers each went there for a Music Bridges concert in February 1999 where they performed with an eclectic group including Bonnie Raitt, Peter Frampton, Gladys Knight, Lisa Loeb, the Indigo Girls, Joan Osborne, J.D. Souther and Burt Bacharach.

The Police's desire to play Cuba as an artistic message shouldn't come as too much of a surprise, since the group is very connected to the world music scene.

During their heyday in the 1980s, the group played many Third World countries. Sting, of course, is also the main force with Styler behind the Rainforest Foundation.

The group would not be the first to play Cuba. Audioslave was the first American rock act there, in 2005.

Several years ago, sources say, Paul McCartney was scheduled to give his own outdoor show in Havana, but his beer sponsor wanted to cover a historic statue with a huge plastic bottle. The show was summarily cancelled.

If the Police go through with their concert, they will not have a corporate sponsor, sources told me.

Meanwhile, rest assured that reports of a new Police album are untrue. Insiders tell me, as this column has reported, there are neither plans for an album of new material nor is there a demo of a new song.

The Police are currently rehearsing for their tour in Tuscany, Italy, at Sting's tranquil estate. Songs on the tour are and have always been just from the Police. No new songs and no songs from Sting's solo albums will be included.

"And the Police are and always will be signed to A&M/Interscope," a source added.

Addendum:
Our sources in Cuba actually saw him upclose and they reported at the time that Sting snubbed the party honchos and the culture bureaucrats, while favouring the musicians (rockers, trobadours, and Afro-Cuban percussionists, specially) He was in talks with poets (the ones that don't get published by the government) and he got a bunch of manuscripts from them, and demos from the musicians, he took classes of Afro-Cuban dance, and some informal drumming classes and he was seen all over Havana buying art, eating at paladares and taking photographs with a professional grade machine.
We touched onto this a while back at KillCastro, and we certainly hope that in his trip back to Cuba he would keep this contacts alive. I think that his presence in Cuba was of great significance for the humble musicians who put out work of world class quality, all while being under a brutal dictatorship.
For more on contemporary Cuban music our readers might want to visit Rock Cubano the work of Emilio, a Cuban kid who started his blog when he was still in Cuba.