Sting Pays Tribute To His Late Tour Manager

Sting is mourning the loss of his tour manager Billy Francis, who passed away after a battle with cancer. Francis worked for The Police frontman for 40 years.

“We’ve been friends now for over four decades, and I may have spent more time with you than I’ve spent with my wife or my kids,” Sting writes, “literally thousands upon thousands of gigs, trekking from city to city, country to country, and enough long haul flights across the planet to reach to the moon and back.”

He adds, “I couldn’t have had a better teacher, big brother, protector, mentor, confidente, or companion for life than you my friend. I love you, I’m immensely proud of you and the friendship we’ve forged together over the years,” noting, “Know this, I’ll be with you until kingdom come, until that great cosmic gig in the sky, the gig to end all gigs.”

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Billy, we’ve been friends now for over four decades, and I may have spent more time with you than I’ve spent with my wife or my kids, literally thousands upon thousands of gigs, trekking from city to city, country to country, and enough long haul flights across the planet to reach to the moon and back. It was you, the tour manager, who got us all there safely. We never missed a gig, always on stage promptly at whatever time we were advertised, two hours on stage, into the van and on to the hotel for a drink in the bar and a night’s sleep, and then up early the next morning for another round and yet another destination. This has been our life for over forty years [link to full letter in profile].

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