04/21/2004 at 01:00 AM EDT
Two hours before a Washington-area concert this past weekend, Sting and Secretary of State Colin Powell shared a few words, reports The Washington Post. The state of the world was not on the agenda, says the paper. What Powell told the musician, 49, was: "As I was going out the door, my daughter said, 'You bring tickets home or don't come home.' " Sting reportedly laughed politely -- but no tickets changed hands.