Apparently, Sting will do anything for an extensive, expensive promotional event. Though The Police were around long enough ago my parents were still in college, long enough ago they worked with John Cale not long after he worked on Patti Smith’s Horses, it’s not Sting’s work with The Police he’d have you count. In an effort to sell tickets, the group member turned solo career artist is hosting a 25 year solo commemoration concert that coincidentally corresponds with his 60th birthday. It’s a real “aww” moment, if there ever was one.

One “aww” is not enough for Sting; because of this, the concert will benefit the Robin Hood Foundation, an institution that helps fight poverty in New York City. The show will be played Saturday, October 1 at the Beacon Theater in New York. You better save your monies now. The show may earn money to fight poverty, but it’s going to cost an arm and a leg if you plan to attend. Balcony seats are the cheapest and will run upwards to $504.50. Orchestra and 1st level seats will run between $1047.40 to $2,583.90 after processing fees.

In order to prove the worth of these tickets, Sting has invited a slew of celeb name to appear with him onstage. According to Glide Magazine, famous names will include Bruce Springsteen, Lady Gaga, Stevie Wonder, Mary J. Blige, Herbie Hancock, Vince Gill,, Rufus Wainwright, Branford Marsalis, and Billy Joel. Also, Robert Downey Jr. is oddly scheduled to appear, no doubt as his snarky self.

If you are a Sting fan and these tickets are too pricey, the artist will release Sting: 25 Years on September 27th, which is coincidentally my 25th birthday. As I’m certain Police songs will show up on the disc and during the concert, I wonder at the merits of honoring the man’s solo career. Any excuse to celebrate, right?

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