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Joe Sumner launches City of Angels FC

It went largely unnoticed but something unusual occurred this week: two Englishmen became owners of a foreign football club. It is their creation too. The licence has been granted, a long-term business plan and proof of funding vetted and now City of Angels FC – the latest addition to the growing football scene in Los Angeles – has until the start of the National Premier Soccer League season in March to finalise terms on a stadium, appoint a director of football and construct its first team. No one ever said it was going to be easy.

Joe Sumner launches City of Angels FC

City of Angels FC is the brainchild of PJ Harrison, an Evertonian from St Helens, and Joe Sumner, a Newcastle United fan from London, two LA-based friends who met through the entertainment industry. Harrison is a creative director who has worked with Lauryn Hill while Sumner is a musician and app developer. His father is Sting, hence the Newcastle allegiance and a refusal “to succumb to Spurs or Arsenal” while growing up in north London.

Following a two-year process, a payment of around $20,000 for the licence, plus league fees, countless meetings with potential investors, sponsors, stadium owners and coaches, they are the proud and bold owners of the newest team in the fourth division of the US football pyramid.

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Fans and supporters can follow the club on Twitter (@cityofangelsfc) and Instagram (@cityofangelsfc)

Joe Sumner: My father can be a little hard


Sting's son Joe Sumner is warming up for daddy when he visits Denmark Thursday. And tomorrow he'll play on Sigurdsgade, Nørrebro. Here he tells BT what it's like to be the son of a legend

Joe Sumner: My father can be a little hard

"Yes, my dad can be a little tough. But he is always nice to me. So it is fortunate. "

So says the British singer, composer, bassist and guitarist Joe Sumner on Thursday warms up the audience before daddy Sting gives his long sold-out concert at the Culture Yard in Elsinore.

The day before, says Joe alone with his guitar on stage at the newly opened club Sigurdsgade in Nørrebro in Copenhagen. And autumn is facing the 39-year-old father of four left on a small Denmark tour with his band Fiction Plane.

Not always easy

It sounds really lovely to be the son of a famous pop star Sting when even dream of being something about music. But along with other star sons like James McCartney and Adam Cohen Joe Sumner sign that it is not always fat.

"I can barely remember how many times I've been about to give up. You are constantly being compared to your father. I remember that I once argued a new song that I was really proud of. And the only one of the major reviewers could find to write the following day, was that the song sounded like 'early Police'. It's really sobering when you pour his heart into the project, "says Joe Sumner, who called BT from Rome, where weather, in his own words, is 'fucking hot' - and not in a good way.

It helped to father

Now Joe is not new to the music. In fact, he and the band released six acclaimed and nicely successful CDs (including one live album and one ep) and he has played professionally for over two decades.

Yet criticism by taking life by the desire to music. But then something happened - Joe Sumner became a man, and Joe Sumner fathered no fewer than four children.

"It's really something that puts things in perspective. One of the most important things my father taught me not to take things too damn seriously. When I had children, worked criticism from reviewers and others suddenly not so serious. And today I am just deeply grateful that I can travel the world and play my music, "he says.

In this connection, Joe Sumner and Fiction Plane, which has existed since 2001, just released the new single 'Walk Through Fire' - a song that Joe is especially proud of.

"Good songs like 'Walk Through Fire' always comes at once. And they always come when it is most inconvenient - middle of the night, for example, "says Joe Sumner, who is never afraid to play the new songs for his father.

"He has from the beginning given me an incredible support, and he is always totally encouraging when it comes to creativity," says the musician, who is not particularly nervous to come face to face with his father's large audience.

Plunges into the

"Have I done it before - both alone and with my band, and before my dad went solo and before The Police. And if I feel the slightest nervousness, so I submit myself to the just out of it. In many ways it's even more amazing to act alone. It comes much closer to his audience. I can also choose some completely different songs - songs that are closer to me as a person, "says Joe Sumner, who must admit that father and son do not play that much together under private frames.

"I like to play something new and homemade. My dad prefer to play classical. That makes him seem smart, "he says.

Discover Joe Sumner:

August 3: 
Sigurd Gade, Copenhagen

August 4: 
Culture Yard, Elsinore

August 5: 
Smukfest (perhaps as guest of Sting), Skanderborg

With the band Fiction Plane:

October 15: 
Fermaten, Herning

October 16: 
Kansas City, Odense

October 20: 
The Custom House, Elsinore

October 21: 
The portal, Greve

Source: - with Google Traductor

Back to bass in Roma

Yesterday, Sting performed in Roma, at Cavea Auditorium.
The fans who wanted some rare songs have been heard and got "Something the boy said" in the setlist.
The song had been rehearsed longly during the soundcheck. Let's hope this will stand in the setlist.

Some new things in this setlist :
Sting performed two songs from Peter Gabriel/Genesis catalog ("Shock the monkey" and "Selling England by the pound").
The show started with "Every breath you take", generaly found at the end of the setlist, as an encore.

The setlist :
Every Breath You Take
If I Ever Lose My Faith in You
Mad About You
Driven To Tears
Shock The Monkey
Invisible Sun
Dancing with the Moonlit Knight/Message in a Bottle
Fields of Gold
The Hounds of Winter
So Lonely
When the World is Running Down
Something The Boy Said
Wrapped Around Your Finger
Shape of My Heart
Englishman in NY
Every Little Thing She Does is Magic
Roxanne/Ain't No Sunshine

Desert Rose
Next to You

Sting - Back to Bass in Roma
(Photo: Il Corriere)

Some reviews :
Il Corriere
Il messaggero

As a supporting band, Joe Sumner opened the show, with some acoustic songs performed with his guitar and loop pedal.
He was joined on stage by Rhani Krija and Jo Lawry on some songs.

Joe Sumner in Roma
(Photo from Joe's Instagram)

Joe sent me his setlit:
Joe Sumner playlist in Roma

Joe Sumner on tour

Joe Sumner is hitting the road in USA and Europe, supporting Sting.
Go and see him, with many new songs.
He'll perform alone, with his guitar and his great voice. Don't miss him !

Joe Sumner on tour

Joe Sumner to perform in L.A

L.A fans: Joe Sumner will perform at The Mint on July 19 to perform his new songs.
A nice way to discover is new songs, performed alone, with his acoustic guitar. Don't miss him !

Set Time
08:30 PM - Joe Sumner
Ticket Price: $10.00
Door Time: 7:15 PM


Joe Sumner to perform at The Mint in LA July 19

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