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Conductor Steven Mercurio talks about Sting, the Police and performers' 'healthy egos'



Steven Mercurio
was a self-described Hendrix kid growing up. But he didn't like the Police.

“Nope. Uh-uh. Zip," he said recently by phone.

Rest assured, that’s changed. On Saturday, Mercurio will lead the world’s largest backing band — London’s 45-piece Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra — when Sting brings his epic “Symphonicity” tour to the 1-800-ASK-GARY Amphitheatre in Tampa. Tickets are $21-$151. Click here for details.

Mercurio, above left in the photo, has worked with Pavarotti, Domingo and, most recently, Andrea Bocelli. But his crossover gig with Sting is one of the most ambitious of his career. 

“They all have healthy egos,” he says of the performers with whom he has worked. “But that only drives them to not disappoint their audience. They know what they have to do to succeed. They just all have different ways of defining their turf to succeed.”

For more, check out Sean Daly's interview with Mercurio. And as an added bonus, check out these fun facts you might not know about the man born Gordon Sumner -- including the deal with all that tantric sex.

Photo: Getty Images

[Last modified: Wednesday, July 28, 2010 3:20pm]


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