Sting

  • Aired:  04/10/14
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Sting chats about the origins of his Broadway-bound musical, "The Last Ship," and explains his passion for rainforest preservation. (4:23)

>> Stephen: WELCOME BACK,EVERYBODY.

THE ICON WHOSE LATEST PROJECT ISA MUSICAL.

I'M CALLING IT TIKI BOATS.

PLEASE WELCOME STING!

( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE )>> HEY, THANKS FOR COMING.

WOW!

FANTASTIC!

THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR BEINGHERE.

STING, THANK YOU-- I'M SOEXCITED.

THANK YOU FOR TAKING TIME AWAYFROM CLEANING YOUR GUTTERS, I

GUESS, TO BE HERE.

( LAUGHTER )BUSY TIME OF YEAR FOR THAT.

>> I DIDN'T WANT TO CLASH.

>> Stephen: THANK YOU VERYMUCH.

NOW, EVERYBODY KNOWS YOU.

YOU WERE THE-- YOU KNOW, YOUHAVE HAD A 40-YEAR CAREER IN

ROCK 'N' ROLL.

( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE )I DIDN'T WANT TO AGE YOU.

YOU'VE HAD A 70-YEAR CAREER INROCK 'N' ROLL.

>> YEAH.

>> Stephen: YOU, BENNYGOODMAN, MITCH MILLER-- THOSE

ARE THE ORIGINAL POLICE.

>> GLENN MILLER.

>> Stephen: OKAY, ALL THEMILLERS.

OBVIOUSLY, I'M A HUGE FAN OF THEPOLICE.

I LOVE THE PRO-AUTHORITY MESSAGETHAT NAME SENDS.

( APPLAUSE )LISTEN, BUT YOU'VE GOT A NEW

PROJECT NOW.

>> I DO.

>> Stephen: THAT TAKES YOUBACK TO YOUR CHILDHOOD, THE TOWN

YOU GREW UP IN.

IT'S CALLED "THE LAST SHIP," ANDIT'S A MUSICAL THAT STARTS THIS

SUMMER IN CHICAGO AND THEN COMESTO BROADWAY.

TELL FOLKS ABOUT THE STORY OFTHE LAST SHIP.

>> I WAS BORN IN THE SHADOW IA SHIPYARD IN A LITTLE TOWN ON

THE NORTHEAST COAST OF ENGLAND.

>> Stephen: I THINK WE HAVE APICTURE OF WHAT THE SHIPYARD IS

LIKE.

>> ONE OF MY EARLIEST MEMORIESIS A GIANT SHIP AT THE END OF MY

STREET.

>> Stephen: THERE IT IS.

>> PRETTY SURREAL ENVIRONMENT TOGROW UP IN.

I DIDN'T WANT TO WORK IN THESHIPYARD.

THE SHIPYARD WAS DANGEROUS ANDTOXIC AND PRETTY UNPLEASANT, SO

I DID EVERYTHING I COULD TOESCAPE.

>> Stephen: OKAY.

>> SO I WANTED TO BE A SINGER.

I WANTED TO SING SONGS IN THEWORLD.

I WANTED TO BE PAID EXTRAVAGANTAMOUNTS OF MONEY.

( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE )I WANTED TO BE FAMOUS.

>> Stephen: WHAT MADE YOUTHINK YOU COULD DO THAT?

>> I WAS VERY CONFIDENT AS ACHILD.

ANYTHING BUT WORK IN THESHIPYARD.

>> Stephen: AND WHEN DID THESHIPYARD END?

>> THE SHIPYARD CLOSED IN THE'80s.

>> Stephen: SO IS THISMUSICAL ABOUT THE CLOSING OF THE

SHIPYARD?

>> YEAH.

>> Stephen: IS MARGARETTHATCHER THE HERO.

THATCHER, I'M A HUGE FAN, A HUGEFAN OF HERS.

>> WE'RE NOT A FAN OF MRS.THATCHER.

IT BEGINS IN SOCIAL HISTORY, THESTORY AND THEN IT BECOMES

ALLEGORY.

>> Stephen: I DON'T KNOW WHATTHAT WORD MEANS.

>> I'M NOT SURE I DO.

>> Stephen: ALLEGORY.

YOU ALSO HAVE THE RAIN FORESTBENEFIT COMING UP AT CARNEGIE

HALL, THE 25th ANNIVERSARYOF YOUR RAIN FOREST BENEFIT.

>> THAT'S TRUE.

( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE )>> Stephen: WHAT SIDE OF THAT

WHOLE RAIN FOREST ISSUE DO YOUCOME DOWN ON?

BECAUSE IF WE DIDN'T CUT THOSETREES DOWN, THEY WOULD SWALLOW

OUR CITIES, OKAY.

AT THIS POINT, WE'RE JUSTPLAYING DEFENSE.

SO WHAT'S-- WHAT'S YOUR TAKEHERE ON THAT RAIN FOREST THING?

>> MY INSTINCT IS WE'RE BETTEROFF WITH IT.

>> Stephen: REALLY.

>> THAN WITHOUT IT.

>> Stephen: REALLY?

>> YEAH, JUST AN INSTINCT.

( APPLAUSE )>> Stephen: WHY DO WE NEED

TREES?

WE HAVE PLASTIC NOW.

>> I-- OUR REAL EMPHASIS IS NOTON TREES.

>> Stephen: NO, WHAT'S IT ON?

>> WE'RE TRYING TO MAKE THELIVES OF PEOPLE WHO LIVE THERE

BETTER.

>> Stephen: PEOPLE WHO LIVEIN THE AMAZON?

>> NOT JUST THE AMAZON.

THE TROPICAL FOREST GENERALLY.

THEY'RE BELEAGUERED PEOPLE.

>> Stephen: WHAT DOES"BELEAGUERED" MEAN?

IS THAT LIKE ALLEGORY.

>> UNDER SIEGE.

>> Stephen: WHAT'S IT LIKE TOHAVE ONE NAME?

>> IT'S -->> Stephen: WHY?

>> FANTASTIC FOR SIGNINGAUTOGRAPHS.

>> Stephen: SAVES SO MUCHTIME.

( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE )THIS SUMMER, THIS SUMMER-- LAST

SUMMER, YOU DID A TOUR WHICH IWISH I COULD HAVE SEEP.

IT WAS YOU AND PAUL SIMON.

RIGHT?

>> YES.

>> Stephen: FOR JUST THISSUMMER, WERE YOU STING-FUNKLE?

>> YES.

>> Stephen: STING, THANK YOUFOR BEING HERE.

WOULD YOU DO ONE OF YOUR SONGS?

>> I WOULD LOVE TO.

>> Stephen: STING, THANK YOUSO MUCH FOR BEING HERE.

THE ALBUM "THE LAST SHIP."WE WILL BE RIGHT BACK WITH APERFORMANCE BY STING.

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