Sting on Las Vegas residency, new album and Juice WRLD

NEW YORK (AP) — Sin City? More like Sting City.

Grammy-winning superstar Sting is heading to Las Vegas to launch a residency next year.

Sixteen performances of “Sting: My Songs” will take place at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace, beginning May 22, 2020. Shows are also planned for June, August and September.

“Visually, sound-wise, dancing — it’s going to be a Vegas show. I’m really committed to that,” Sting said in an interview with The Associated Press. “I am a little frightened and a little excited at the same time.”

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Tickets for the general public, starting at $59, go on sale May 3.

Sting said he’s been offered a residency in Vegas in the past, but he felt it wasn’t the right time: “I always thought, ‘I’m not quite ready for that. I’m still a touring animal.’ (Now) I’m ready.”

Residencies in Vegas once were meant for acts heading into retirement or in the final stretch of their careers, but that’s changed with contemporary artists going to the city to perform, from Jennifer Lopez to Lady Gaga.

Sting said he likes the idea of performing at a single venue every night, compared to traveling city-to-city on a normal tour.

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“Being in one place is actually a different, spiritual vibe,” the English performer said. “Welcoming people into your house — that’s basically what it’s going to be. I’ll be telling the story of my life through songs. I’ve had a long, interesting life and I can’t wait.”

Before he heads to Vegas, Sting has a string of projects in the works: He’ll tour the United Kingdom with Shaggy (they won the best reggae album Grammy this year for their collaborative album “44/876”); he has a number of solo shows in the United States and around the world; and he will release a new album, “My Songs,” on May 24.

The album finds Sting re-shaping and re-imagining some of his biggest hits, from “Every Breath You Take” to “If You Love Somebody Set Them Free.”

“We weren’t treating the original recordings as holy relics or museum pieces … we were just having fun with the songs,” said the 67-year-old, adding that his voice is now “different to what it was 30, 40 years ago. It has more texture, a richness to it.”

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His song, “Shape of My Heart,” will also appear on the new album. The tune has been sampled by a number of artists throughout the years, from rapper Nas to Grammy-winning R&B singer Monica to English singer Craig David, who collaborated with Sting when he re-worked the song in 2002.

The most famous version is Juice WRLD’s “Lucid Dreams,” one of the biggest hits of the last year.

“I’m always intrigued by that. I’m always pleased by what I hear because they hear something in that lovely, descending bass line that makes for reflection. That pleases me. And there have been some fabulous versions,” Sting said of artists sampling “Shape of My Heart.”

“I was very impressed by what he put on top of (my version),” he said of “Lucid Dreams” specifically. “It’s a really good song.”