Older, wiser, buzzier, the legendary Sting hits Boston.
Shot here by Boston society photographer Michael Blanchard, international superstar Sting serenaded the Lenny Zakim Fund Benefit in November to support another one of his passions: international activism. We say, bravo!
A thick beard has softened the razor-sharp cheekbones, but there’s still more than a few rebellious bristles poking around in there. Come on. It’s Sting. When he took the stage at the Lenny Zakim Fund Benefit on November 12, the 64-year-old musician did not speak many words. He didn’t need to. His voice, lyrics, and guitar strings told the story—the evolution from the raw, hard-edged lead singer of The Police to a multiple award-winning industry veteran, international activist, and father of six. The songs—“Roxanne,” “Message in a Bottle”— crackled with soul.
He had been invited to Boston to perform by his close friend, Bobby Sager, with whom he works on many charitable causes. On this night, the mission was raising awareness and donations for the Lenny Zakim Fund, which supports emerging grassroots organizations. Zakim, the late executive director of the New England Region of the Anti-Defamation League, believed that one person could make a difference in fighting injustice. Sting did not know Zakim, but had learned about him. “He and I,” he told the audience, “we would have got on.”