via press release:

Live Nation is pleased to announce that this fall, Sting will embark on the Back to Bass Tour throughout North America as he celebrates the 25th anniversary of his solo career by taking it back to bass…all of the hits, stripped down, as they haven’t been played in years. Sting will perform in San Francisco on Friday, December 2nd at the Nob Hill Masonic Center. Tickets go on sale beginning September 26th, at 10am through and

In support of his forthcoming box set collection Sting: 25 Years, slated for release on September 27, the tour features Sting backed by a 5-piece band in an intimate theatre setting.

Beginning in Boston on October 21 at The Wang Theatre at the Citi Performing Arts Center, the tour will extend across the U.S. and Canada. Cities announced today include Philadelphia, Washington DC, Toronto, Chicago, Detroit, Miami, Dallas, Houston, Denver, Phoenix, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle and Vancouver. Additional dates will be announced in the coming weeks.

Back to Bass finds Sting performing songs spanning his dynamic and enduring solo career, from his 1985 debut The Dream Of The Blue Turtles to his latest release, Live in Berlin, plus a selection of The Police’s greatest hits. Highlights include the Grammy® winners ”Brand New Day” and ”If I Ever Lose My Faith In You” plus fan-favorites ”Englishman In New York,” ”Desert Rose” and ”Roxanne.” Sting will be joined by a band including his longtime guitarist Dominic Miller, Rufus Miller (guitarist), Vinnie Colaiuta (drummer), Peter Tickell (electric fiddle), and Jo Lawry(vocalist).

Brian Boone: Yay…bass.

Scott Malchus: The ’90s are all the rage again. Sting is just getting a head start on the Unplugged revival.

Ted Asregadoo: But didn’t Sting launch his solo career in the mid ’80s? And then crash it by the mid ’90s?

David Medsker: The 25-year anniversary of Sting’s solo career was last year.

Dw. Dunphy: This is the tour where Sting reveals tantric fishing techniques.

Jeff Giles: Dammit, now I want to see Sting guest on an episode of Fishing With John.

Dunphy: Hi, I’m Gordon Sumner! You may remember me from such productions as “Slappin’ My Bass” and “A Love That Dare Not Flap Its Fins.”

Ted: Maybe having John Lurie on the boat would result in an interesting sax solo during “Englishman in New York.”

Chris Holmes: I’m not really all that up on Sting as a musician, but I don’t remember his bass playing being all that noteworthy. In terms of his output with the Police, I always thought his songwriting and singing were much more integral to the band than his bass. Am I nuts here?

Ted: One bass line I really liked was the intro to “Can’t Stand Losing You.”

Dunphy: The bass was never a spotlight grabber for the band. Certainly it wasn’t like when Phil Collins would kick Chester Thompson off the kit to do a drum solo. But considering all the magical things Sting has done for the lute, I doubt he had tons of options.

Giles: I don’t know. He could do a few other things, like maybe writing a new fucking song.

Dave Lifton: Given his last few albums, do you really want that?

Giles: Well, no. But I still sort of think it’s his job as an artist.

Matt Wardlaw: Or he could play new versions of his old solo hits with Vince Gill on CMT Crossroads

Giles: Goddamn you, Matt Wardlaw.

Holmes: Shit, I just realized that Andy Summers’ last album came out 4 years ago. Far too long.

Robin Monica Alexander: Sting is writing new songs for a Broadway version of The Soul Cages.

Jason Hare: Hoo boy. Sounds like a crowd-pleaser. Bring the family!

I don’t think I’d go see a Sting musical. But I would go see a Stewart Copeland one-man show.

Lifton: So would I, but only if he tells the story of what he had written on his rack toms on the Synchronicity tour.

Hare: Actually, I would pay double price to see a Stewart Copeland one-man show where Sting has to sit stage left and just watch.

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