Sting Loves New York

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>>Stephen: WELCOME BACK! THANK YOU, EDDIE! HAPPY BIRTHDAY, JON!>>Jon: THANK YOU!>>Stephen: HOPE YOU HAVE A
VERY, VERY HAPPY AND BLESSED ONE. THE GIFT IS THAT YOU’RE HERE
TONIGHT. LADIES AND GENTLEMEN,
MY FIRST GUEST TONIGHT IS A 16-TIME GRAMMY AWARD WINNER. HE’S RELEASING A NEW ALBUM
TOMORROW CALLED “57TH & 9TH.” LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, PLEASE
WELCOME THE GREAT STING! ( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE )
♪>>Stephen: WELCOME TO THE
SHOW.>>WHAT A LOVELY WELCOME.>>Stephen: YEAH. WELCOME TO THE SHOW. NICE TO SEE YOU. I HAVEN’T SEEN YOU IN A FEW
YEARS.>>THAT’S TRUE.>>Stephen: AS A MATTER OF
FACT, THE LAST TIME I SAW YOU, I THINK, WAS AT YOUR 60t
60th BIRTHDAY CONCERT, THE BEACON?>>THE BEACON THEATER FIVE YEARS
AGO.>>Stephen: YEAH, FIVE YEARS
AGO. YOU’RE 65 YEARS OLD. ( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE )
>>YEAH.>>Stephen: I’M PROUD. AS A MAN WHO’S 52, YOU GO TO
HELL. ( LAUGHTER )
I WAS WITH MY WIFE ON THE DRIVE HOME AND YOU’RE WEARING
SOMETHING LIKE THIS THE WHOLE TIME, A MESH KIND OF SHIRT,
YOU’RE DRIVING HOME AND MY WIFE SUPER CASUALLY AS IF SHE JUST
THOUGHT OF IT, SHE GOES, HAVE YOU — HAVE YOU EVER THOUGHT
ABOUT DOING YOGA? ( LAUGHTER )
SO THANKS FOR THAT. THE ELECTION JUST HAPPENED. YOU’RE BRITISH. DO YOU FEEL ALL SMUG?>>NO, WE HAD A SIMILAR SHOCK IN
JUNE WHEN 52% VOTED BREXIT. I VOTED TO STAY.>>Stephen: ALL YOU’RE GOING
TO DO IS DESTROY THE EUROPEAN UNION.>>TRUE, BUT WE’RE RIGHT IN THE
MIDDLE OF A CONSTITUTIONAL CRISIS NO ONE IS SMART ENOUGH TO
FIGURE OUT.>>Stephen: WHAT IS IT? BECAUSE THE WARLORDS DECIDED
PARLIAMENT HAS TO DEBATE THE TERMS OF LEAVING AND THE PEOPLE
WHO WANTED TO LEAVE DIDN’T WANT THE DO THAT, THEY WANTED TO
BYPASS PARLIAMENT.>>Stephen: SO IT’S NOT
WRITTEN, IF YOU WANT TO GET OUT, PUT SLOT A IN TAB B AND YOU’RE
OUT OF THE EUROPEAN UNION?>>NO, IT’S FAR MORE COMPLICATED
THAN SAYING YES OR NO. IT’S A DIABOLICAL PROBLEM.>>Stephen: WOW. YOU HAVE TO GET ALL THAT FIGURED
OUT AHEAD OF TIME. PROBABLY A GOOD IDEA FOR US OVER
HERE, TOO. ( LAUGHTER )
BUT YOU DON’T LIVE IN LONDON?>>NO, I LIVE IN NEW YORK. I LIVE HERE. I LOVE NEW YORK. ( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE )
>>Stephen: WHAT DO YOU LOVE ABOUT HERE? LONDON IS A GREAT TOWN. WHAT DO YOU LOVE ABOUT HERE?>>I LOVE NEW YORKERS
( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ) THEY’RE VERY UP FRONT. I WALK ON THE STREET A LOT. THEY SEE YOU, SAY HI, STING, I
LIKE YOUR MUSIC. OR YOU SUCK. IT’S A VERY DIRECT RELATIONSHIP. STEPHEN>YOUR NEW ALBUM
IS CORNER OF 57th AND 9th. WHY DID YOU CALL THE ALBUM THAT?>>I LIVE ON THE WEST SIDE, MY
STUDIO’S IN “HELL’S KITCHEN.” I WALK TO WORTH EVERY DAY AND ON
THE WAY I HAVE TO STOP AT 57t 57th, BECAUSE IT’S A TWO-WAY
STREET, TRAFFIC IS BUSY, CAB DRIVER IS TRYING TO KILL YOU, AS
YOU KNOW, AND I USE THAT TIME TO DO A LITTLE MEDITATION ON
CORNER, THINK ABOUT THE WORK I’M DOING IN THE STUDIO, MY LIFE,
THE PRIVILEGE I HAVE LIVING IN THE CITY. CROSS THE ROAD, GO TO WORK, AND
ON THE WAY BACK HAVE THE SAME MEDITATION, SO I THOUGHT IT WAS
A VERY USEFUL POINT IN THE DAY TO TAKE STOCK.>>Stephen: YOU KNOW WHAT I
LOVE ABOUT NEW YORK? YOU CAN WALK AROUND THE CITY AND
YOU’VE GOT A PRETTY GOOD CHANCE OF GOING, HEY, DON’T STARE, BUT
THAT’S STING MEDITATING OVER THERE ON THE CORNER. ( APPLAUSE )
THAT’S WHAT I LIKE ABOUT NEW YORK. YOU CAN SEE ALL KINDS OF THINGS
HERE. THIS ALBUM, PEOPLE ARE CALLING
THIS, LIKE, A RETURN TO ROCK FOR YOU, LIKE YOUR FIRST ROCK ALBUM
IN TEN YEARS.>>YES, IT IS. I PLAY ROCK AND ROLL EVERY NIGHT
OF MY WORKING LIFE BUT IN THE PAST TEN YEARS I HAVE BEEN
MAKING MORE ESOTERIC RECORDS.>>Stephen: HERDIE-GERDIE. I’M A MADRIGAL FAN.>>ME, TOO. BUT I WAS FOLLOWING MY CURIOSITY
BECAUSE I CAN. BUT I LIKE TO SURPRISE PEOPLE. I LIKE PEOPLE TO GO, WOW! I DIDN’T EXPECT THAT! AND THAT’S THE REACTION THE
ALBUM HAS RECEIVED SO I FEEL IT’S ALREADY A SUCCESS.>>Stephen: PEOPLE SAY, ARE
YOU EVER INTIMIDATED BY CELEBRITIES OR POLITICIANS? I’M INTIMIDATED BY MUSICIANS
BECAUSE YOU DO SOMETHING THAT’S MAGICAL THAT I DON’T UNDERSTAND. TO QUOTE YOU, SONG WRITING IS
MUCH LIKE TRYING TO CATCH A WILD ANIMAL. YOU CANNOT KILL THE BEAST. YOU HAVE TO SOMEHOW TRICK HIM
INTO BEING CAPTURED, AND YOU CAN NEVER USE THE SAME TRICK TWICE. WHAT ARE SOME OF THE TRICKS? WHAT IS THE MAGIC YOU USE?>>I WOULD GET HOME FROM THE
STUDIO AT NIGHT WITH A SONG STRUCTURE, ONLY A SONG
STRUCTURE, AND ON THE WALK HOME, I WILL BE THINKING HOW AM I
GOING TO MAKE THIS INTO A SONG? SO I GET HOME TO MY HOME ON
CENTER PARK WEST AND LOCK MYSELF OUT ON THE TERRACE IN THE
FREEZING COLD, AND I WOULDN’T BE ALLOWED TO GO IN THE HOUSE UNTIL
I HAD FINISHED A LYRIC. IT’S MADNESS, BUT —
>>Stephen: YEAH, TRUE. YOU PUT YOURSELF OUT OF A
COMFORT ZONE SO THAT YOU CAN CREATE. YOU HAVE TO WRITE YOURSELF OUT
OF THE PROBLEM, AND THE SONG YOU WILL HEAR TONIGHT IS EXACTLY
THAT SONG, IT’S ABOUT FREEZING COLD, ABOUT HUNTING FOR —
HUNTING FOR INSPIRATION IN THE COLD. YOU WILL HEAR IT.>>Stephen: IF YOU LOCKED
YOURSELF IN THE CLOSET, WOULD THE SONG BE ABOUT IT’S HOT AND
CRAMPED IS THIS.>>YEAH, IT WOULD. HAVEN’T WRITTEN THAT ONE YET
( LAUGHTER )>>Stephen: WE’LL TAKE A
BREAK. BACK WITH MORE STING. STICK AROUND, EVERYBODY.

85 comments

  1. Hey Stephen. You and your Hollywood elite colleagues ridiculed us for over a year and we pulled off the win. Laughing now?

  2. why does he live in new york its a little thing we like to call taxes so when he says love love new yorkers am calling bullshit on that

  3. Fucking love Sting. He's a true musician. Super inspiring to see….definitely a big role model for my own musical and creative pursuits and passions.

  4. Wtf is going on with that shirt? It looks like he skinned the population of the smurf village to make clothes out of their hides.

  5. Happy Birthday Jon. That intro was great, and this interview is as magical as the one with Bruce S. Thank you Stephen.

  6. i am a big fan of Sting but i wish he and other members of The Police had been able to work out their issues and keep the original band together

  7. Colbert,

    Keep herding those goats! There is a certain intelligence quota margin that loves your jokes and totally missed the Tortoise and the Hare Media game that lost "the colbert report" (funded by the DNC) the race. Somebody lost a lot of money, somewhere.. That intelligence quota mass you sold your soul for love you.

    -Keith

  8. I don't drink coffee I take tea my dear.. I like my toast done on one side.. You can hear it in my accent when I taaaaalk I'm an Englishman in New Yorrrk..

  9. I love you Stephen but DON'T POST ANOTHER VIDEO!! You have posted exactly 1776 videos, the year of our independence!! #'merica!!!

  10. It is reported that Sting can have Tantric yoga sex for up to six hours..and, even longer if someone else is actually with him.
    No one is more in love with himself than this narcissist…

  11. 0:13 – 0:21 something seems very odd about Stephen Colbert's interaction with Jon Batiste, look at the expression on Jon's face, and when Stephen says "I hope you have a very very happy and blessed one", Jon replies "oh yea".. also does Stephen say "my gift is that you're here tonight"? That sounds really rude. It's almost as if they argued before the show and are bitter with each other here.. Stephen ends talking about it with a slap on his desk

    1:00 — "they play any old style over there"

  12. Sting is good. I really like his song Englishman in New York.
    Goes like this..
    I,m an alien , I'm a LEGAL ALIEN. I'm an Englishman in NY
    Do you see the hypocritical deflect stevie Cee?

  13. I learned in my European History class today that there was an advisor under King Louis XIV named Jean-Baptiste Colbert. Just wanted to share. 🙂

  14. Well he may love the BIg Apple but he doesn't the tiniest flying fuck about his British fans. THREE GIGS in the UK ON HIS RECENT TOUR. Gan canny hinny!

  15. last (and first) time i saw Sting was at the Ratskellar (sp?) with the Police in G'ville FL before you were born. his last date before becoming big. kicked it out of the park. the actual police had to be called. thanx 4 the memories, Sting.

  16. AS SOMEONE WHO HAS REGULARLY RECEIVED TRANSFUSIONS FROM THE BLOOD OF SACRIFICED BABIES, WHEN YOU'RE RICH ENOUGH YOU CAN LIVE FOREVER. I KNOW HIS SECRETS!

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