HOW tough can it be playing the opening spot on the Police’s revival world tour? Well, quite tough if you’re Sting’s son, apparently. Joe Sumner is the son of Gordon Sumner, although Son of Sting has a nicer ring to it and has movie offshoot potential. Anyway, Stinglet has his own band, Fiction Plane, which by a strange quirk of fate has ended up as the support act on the Police’s global jaunt that kicked off in Vancouver last week. Much to his credit, Son of Sting is not a chip off the old block, citing influences such as Nirvana and U2 in his band’s music rather than anything of the Doo Doo Doo Dah Dah Dah variety. That hasn’t been enough to stop the media making comparisons or, worse still, continually asking Son of Sting questions about his dad. He has been getting a bit sick of that during the first week of the tour, saying he’d rather discuss his favourite M & Ms than his famous father. An announcement is surely imminent about the arrival of the Police in Australia. Although there has been no official word on dates, it seems certain that Sting, Andy Summers and Stewart Copeland will make their way here before the end of the year. It remains to be seen whether they will be sending out an SOS, Son of Sting that is, to warm up the crowd. IF Son of Sting is finding the paternal shadow off- putting, no such gloom appears to have affected Son of Neil, Liam Finn. The offspring of Crowded House’s frontman is not only opening for his dad’s band on some of their comeback tour dates, he’s also playing in Crowded House. ‘‘ I haven’t toured with my family for 10 years so it should be really fun,’’ he says. DEVELOPMENTS of a darker nature have taken place following last week’s report of a born- again Bob Dylan fanatic in this office who is harbouring the notion of a night- long audience sans clothing with the American bard when he tours here in August. Only days ago the deluded individual offered this writer her first- born if I could arrange for her, through my connections, a candle- lit horizontal rendezvous with the 66- year- old performer, something he would always remember, she says. She will cook for him, too, and has asked me to mention that she has a black motorbike. If all else fails, at least I can pull that last one out of the bag when I put the nuts and bolts of her request to his people. A poll taken around Spin Doctor HQ found no other takers for His Bobness’s services, other than as a radio announcer. Are there any others out there who share this woman’s passion for a bit of Bob? Does he really put the sex in sexagenarian? I really need to know.
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