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Back to Bass-ics

Fresh from his highly successful "Back to Bass" tour, Sting -- Gordon Sumner to his mum -- launched his summer tour last week, and he'll perform show No. 7 on that seasonal jaunt at 8 p.m. Tuesday in Artpark, Lewiston.

What can you expect from the former Police-man this time around? Well, in addition to a set list that is hit-packed and smartly culled from one of the more interesting pop careers of the past three decades-plus, you'll be able to witness Sting getting reacquainted with his roots as bassist and leader of smaller, taut, virtuosic combos, a la the Police.

In addition to longtime associates guitarist Dominic Miller, drummer supreme Vinnie Colaiuta, and former E Street Band keyboardist David Sancious, Sting will be joined by revered U.K.-based electric fiddle player Peter Tickell and buzz-worthy jazz vocalist Jo Lawry. That is indeed a killer band, no matter how you slice it.

Reserved seating for Tuesday's show is sold out, but general admission lawn seats, priced at $46.50, are available through the Artpark box office and

-- Jeff Miers