Picks and Pans Review: Catching Up with ... Sting

updated 06/07/2010 at 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 06/07/2010 01:00AM

On June 2 the star, 58, starts his Symphonicity tour with the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra.

ON GOING ORCHESTRAL

I've ripped off classical music over the years, so it doesn't surprise me that it works. (Laughs.) It's like a whole palette of colors you never had before.

ON PRESHOW JITTERS

I still get nervous. Gotta hit the right notes in the right sequence; I take that seriously. I'm not some kind of Jack Daniels guy (before a show). But I may be by the end of this tour!

ON 25 YEARS AS A SOLO ARTIST

That's a long time, isn't it? I hope I got better. I have more fun making music now. There's no alternative, really. I couldn't go back to teaching. The money's not good enough.

ON STAYING IN SHAPE

I like being fit. It's a combination of vanity and discipline. I ride my bike every day in the park. I'll do yoga and Pilates. I'm kind of the poster boy for yoga: I've done it for over 20 years now.

ON A POSSIBLE BROADWAY MUSICAL

We're in the very early stages of thinking about what a show could be like. I'm working with (Tony winner) Brian Yorkie.

ON WHY HE WON'T WORK WITH HIS KIDS

I have two musicians (Coco, 19, who fronts I Blame Coco, and Fiction Plane lead singer Joe, 33), and I recognize the DNA. But you don't want some old guy messing up your vibe.

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