Friday, May 20, 2005

It's A Wrap!

The psychology of the last few days of a tour is quite different from what precedes it. There is a subtle realisation that takes hold that the end is just about on top of you, and for each person that means moving on to whatever comes next - domesticity, another tour, a vacation, whatever it may be. All of the above, possibly.

Dominic mentioned to me one afternoon in the dressing room during the last week of the tour that we were all going through feelings of separation, and how no one talks about it. I replied, "Well I'm glad someone brought it up!" We talked about the self-preservation aspect of keeping these things internalized. I suppose it keeps one from getting too visibly emotional, especially when there is still work to be done. You find yourself teetering on an emotional precipice - and then you talk yourself down, so to speak.

The musician's existence, as for people in many walks of life, is predicated on uncertainty. We often find that others are experiencing the same feelings as oneself and, like in adolescence, where one can feel so alone and freakish, an opportunity may arise where you discover,"You too? I thought it was just me!" Being adolescent and being in a band bear many similarities.

It has been documented that when The Beatles were falling apart around 1968, each one of them thought that the other three were closest to each other, as each one considered quitting the band. They all experienced the same kind of alienation and insecurity while imagining their bandmates to be the ones who were happy and healthy. And this is The Beatles! On the outside, all that you perceive is confidence and stability. Each one feeling like a "castaway, an island lost at sea". So as each day brings you closer to the inevitable final separation, each person is dealing with their preparations for assimilating back into a life where there is no "Catering" or "Showtime". The routine of your rarefied existence is about to take a radical turn!

Our run through New England produced some of the best shows of the tour. Boston and Manchester stand out in my mind as shows where everything fell into place. Then there was quite a counterpoint between the two final shows in New York. Jones Beach was huge and freezing, while Irving Plaza was intimate and steamy. I experienced my first helicopter ride when we flew from Manhattan to Long Island and loved it.

From the feedback we have received, it seems that the fans have truly enjoyed this tour and after reading Jon Pareles' review of the Jones Beach show in the New York Times, it is satisfying to have the bookends of reviews from San Jose to New York and most places in between, where the external verification in the press has been so positive.

As with any period of intensive activity, the body lets go when it knows it can, and my energy is now coming back after a few days of feeling exhausted. While the tour itself lasted only six weeks, the preparation for me began last fall, and from that point on, my daily focus was on the work at hand. I don't know that I have ever worked so hard. Some days you succeed and some days you fail. Ain't life grand!

There will be further thoughts and images to post in the coming weeks, and I will do so here and via my website where I invite you to stay in touch with me. I am moved at how I have been embraced within Sting's fan community. Thank you for listening.



Finola said...

I would like to respond to Shane's recent message by encouraging any new fans from the Sting tour to purchase his album. If you think you liked him live on tour, you will love his music. A rare find. And you will be surprised by his many talents. And if you get the live album you will find a little golden nugget added at the end. I can't stop playing it! It was a pure stroke of genius on Sting's part to include him in his band.


5/20/2005 3:09 PM  
Anonymous said...

Thanks Shane....

5/20/2005 5:10 PM  
willowwind said...

It’s good to hear that you’re starting to get your energy back after some down time. Everyone needs a little R&R and you guys worked your tails off for us this spring. I look forward reading more of your thoughts and ponderings on this past tour and hopefully on what projects and adventures are coming next for you. I’m glad that Sting’s fans have treated you well; it’s been such a delight to be introduced to your music and to watch you perform. Thank YOU for sharing this with us. Just keep "talking", we'll be around to hear what you have to say/sing & play.

5/20/2005 5:47 PM  
marian said...

Thank you, Shane. I live in México, so I wish to enjoy "The broken music tour" in DVD. And as a paraphrasis: I'll be watching your music!
Good luck, guys!

5/20/2005 7:19 PM  
willowwind said...

Whoo hoo! My "What Nature Intended" arrived in the mail today. So I can listen obsessivly right along with you Finola :-)

I think I'm on my thrid time through already... LoL...

5/21/2005 11:19 AM  
Anonymous said...

I have really enjoyed the tour blog and your (deep) reflections on your expereinces! It has given us, the fans, an opportunity to feel more intimate with you, the artist. I look forward to more interactions via your website and new solo music! Thanks for the expereince of the tour (in Reading, PA) and your music!

5/21/2005 12:08 PM  
Finola said...

Excellent Willowwind! I have no doubt you will find it as addictive as I have.


5/21/2005 8:36 PM  
Anonymous said...

You are most welcome, Shane!

I think a lot of us quietly sing those lines from "M in a B" to ourselves - that sea must get pretty congested at times!!

It can take a while to adjust after such an intense experience - make sure you take time to relax and have some fun.

As for 'success' and 'failure' - you can't succeed without risking failure, so the only real 'failure' is to not take that risk least that's what I tell myself...:-)

One of the things I admire most about Sting is the way he continually re-invents his own music, breathing new life into it and allowing it to evolve with him (and us). He achieves this with the help of the artists he gathers around him; his willingness to share the spotlight leads us, in turn, to discover their music, and on and on it goes - like a big musical extended family... I LOVE that!

So, welcome to the 'clan', and let the conversations continue - but have a rest first.

See if you can find your way 'Down Under' sometime!

Cheers, Anne (Oz) xx

5/23/2005 6:50 PM  
willowwind said...

For those of you that didn't get to see the Broken Music Tour, I thought you might enjoy this...

Sting 2005 AOL Sessions

There's some nice Shane footage in it. :-)

5/26/2005 8:03 AM  
Anonymous said...

I think I'm going to be sick. What a bunch of horseshit. Shane me of the folk singer in Animal House. Totally disingenous.

5/26/2005 12:56 PM  
Willowwind said...

Hope that you're having a lovely holiday weekend Shane. Our family BBQ started off with "What Nature Intended" playing loudly through the house.

Happy Memorial Day to all!


5/30/2005 8:20 AM  
Finola said...

Bob Geldof just announced that he is hosting another Live AID here in Philly and that Sting is going to performing, along with many others, on July 2nd. PLEEEEASE tell us that you are performing with him!!


5/30/2005 9:51 AM  
Willowwind said...

I'm a day late... oh well. Hope you had a Happy Father's Day Shane!

6/20/2005 3:39 PM  

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