Name: Lydia di Corato
Location: Milan, Italy
Been a fan since: 1980. I remember the first time I heard 'Message in a Bottle' on local radio. It was March and I was returning from a sad funeral. It was for my friend's brother... 22 years old, he committed suicide because he couldn't stand this bad world with war everywhere. He used to attend church every Sunday morning. It was raining and very sad. When I returned home and switched on my radio I heard 'Message' playing there with this voice... it was love.
Favourite Sting song: This is really impossible to answer - it is like asking me which "spaghetto" is the best between all the spaghetti in my dish or something like that. First of all I love his voice, so every song is my favourite song. BUT... I can answer which is my least favourite song... 'This War'. In my opinion it is not Sting's style. I know many people like it so please don't hate me! Also I don't particularly like the original version of 'All This Time', but I absolutely love the 2001 version from the Palagio DVD - that's another song.
Favourite Police song: How can I answer this question too, it's impossible? I should say 'Message in a Bottle' but the sound of 'Darkness' from the first note... 'Murder By Numbers' is where you can hear the pure Sting 'Police' voice... and out of respect for Stew, 'Masoko Tanga'.
Favourite Sting album: I would like to divide this answer into three parts. 'Dream of the Blue Turtles' because I will never forget how anxious I was waiting for Sting's first solo album and how super it was, and still it is! 'The Soul Cages' because my father died in 1992, and I will never forget how guilty I felt when in front of Sting I was not able to sing but could only cry. 'Brand New Day' for all the fantastic songs, each one better than the previous one and also for all the magic things that happened to me during the whole tour that followed.
Favourite Police album: It's so hard to choose! The first album has an important meaning to me so I should say 'Outlandos', but I can't. I should say 'Synchronicity' because it is also special to me because it was the last one, but I can't. 'Ghost' is special not just for the songs but also for the best logo I have ever seen, so I should say 'Ghost in the Machine', but I can't. And what about 'Reggatta' which I think contains the most important Police song? So I should really say 'Reggatta de Blanc' but... I can't. 'Zenyatta' contains some of my favourite songs, but 'Roxanne', 'Message', 'Bring on the Night', 'Tea in the Sahara', are on other albums. Can someone help me!?
Most memorable concert: The Police in Redecesio in July 1982 - it was love. And Monte Carlo on February 8, 1997, when I was on stage with him singing 'I'm So Happy I Can't Stop Crying'. Back home after the show, I was totally alone (which is rare), and I jumped around the house until the morning, then I realised I had a 40° fever!
Other favourite bands: Early Depeche Mode and The Beatles.
In your own words: I've been following Sting for such a long time I'm growing old with his music every day, every year, He is part of my skin, of my brain and of course, of my heart.
Over the years the Fan Club has held many exclusive events and amazing opportunities for its members. These have ranged from tickets for many different TV and radio performances to full concerts. Below are just some of the highlights...
At selected shows during the My Songs tour, members have had the opportunity to access some intimate SOUNDCHECK PARTIES and see Sting and his band rehearsing up close and personal. These amazing opportunities have taken place in London ON, Bridgeport CT, Virginia Beach VA, Budapest, Turin, Amsterdam, Scarborough, Paris, Warsaw, Parma, Krakow and Munich with further events planned in Denver CO, Concord CA and Irving TX.
Fan Club members were invited to an exclusive 57th & 9th ALBUM RELEASE PARTY CONCERT at New York's Irving Plaza in November 2016.
Twenty Fan Club members and their guests were invited to attend the OPENING NIGHT PERFORMANCE ON BROADWAY OF THE LAST SHIP at the Neil Simon Theatre in October 2014.
Well over a hundred Fan Club members were invited to attend a SPECIAL BIRTHDAY PERFORMANCE of The Last Ship material at New York's Public Theater on 2 October 2013.
Fan Club members were invited to attend some DEVELOPMENT PERFORMANCES OF THE LAST SHIP at the Live Theatre in Newcastle in February 2012.
Fan Club members were in attendance at Sting's all star SIXTIETH BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION CONCERT at New York's Beacon Theatre in October 2011 which raised more than $7m for the Robin Hood charity.
Fan Club members were invited to a DRESS REHEARSAL CONCERT ahead of Sting's European Symphonicity Tour at the Apollo Theatre in New York in April 2011.
Fan Club members attended the SOUNDCHECK AND PERFORMANCE that was filmed for the 'Symphonicity' DVD at O2 World in Berlin in September 2010.
Fan Club members attended the FILMING OF THE 'IF ON A WINTER'S NIGHT DVD at Durham Cathedral in September 2009.
Sting and The Police Fan Club members attended RECORDING OF THE 'SPECTACLE' EPISODE FEATURING THE POLICE at the Apollo Theatre in New York in August 2008.
Sting and The Police Fan Club members attended a SPECIAL DRESS REHEARSAL CONCERT ahead of the opening night of The Police's world breaking Reunion Tour at GM Place in Vancouver in May 2007.
Fan Club members attended a SPECIAL DRESS REHEARSAL CONCERT ahead of the recording of Sting's 'The Journey & The Labyrinth' DVD at LSO St Lukes in London in October 2006.
Fan Club members attended a SPECIAL RADIO CONCERT hosted by Radio France during the Songs from the Labyrinth tour at the Salle Olivier Messiaen in Paris in October 2006.
Sting invited Fan Club members to attend an EXCLUSIVE CLUB SHOW on the Broken Music tour at Irving Plaza in New York in May 2005.
Fan Club members attended a DRESS REHEARSAL CONCERT ahead of the opening night of the Broken Music tour at the Roxy Club in Los Angeles in March 2005.
In January 2004, fan club members attended a DRESS REHEARSAL CONCERT ahead of the opening night of the Sacred Love tour at the James L Knight Centre in Miami.
In September 2003, Sting invited Fan Club members to an EXCLUSIVE CONCERT at the Olympia in Paris, where he previewed songs off his 'Sacred Love' album.
In September 2001, Fan Club members were INVITED TO STING'S HOME near Florence to attend the recording/filming of the '...All This Time' CD and DVD.