Message in a Bottle band bring Sting and The Police tribute to Queen's Theatre
PUBLISHED: 13:00 12 July 2018 | UPDATED: 14:09 12 July 2018
A tribute to one of the world’s biggest bands is set to blow Hornchurch away with their pitch-perfect Sting and The Police performance.
Message in a Bottle will take the stage at Queen’s Theatre later this month.
Owen James, lead singer, met band members Alan Moore, Phil Dean and Andy Whitaker at school in their hometown of Harrogate, north Yorkshire.
He began learning the bass guitar while at school which led him to gravitate towards Stings music.
Speaking about his love for The Police and Sting, Owen said: “You learned all the famous bass guitarists such as Paul McCartney as there weren’t as many of them.
“I gravitated to Sting because he was the lead singer as well as the bass guitarist.
“He was naturally more interesting to me than other bass players.”
Late into his teens, Owen began singing in bands and soon after he saw his musical career take off.
Now in his mid-30s, he has travelled on cruise ships, performed abroad and at weddings and has starred in other tribute bands.
But the dream of being part of a theatre agency was yet to be fulfilled.
The band members have all been involved in other musical performances but came back together five years ago to begin their Sting and The Police tribute band.
Message in a Band was eventually found online by an agency, fulfilling their ultimate goal.
“I always had an aim to get a theatre agency and it took five years,” said Owen.
“We’ve turned down a lot of gigs. We knew what we wanted.”
This year sees the start of their first UK tour with 20 tour dates across the country.
Fans can look forward to hearing iconic hits including Every Breath You Take, Roxanne, Message in a Bottle, So Lonely, and Can’t Stand Losing.
There will of course be the world famous hits from Sting himself including, Fields of Gold and the beautiful Englishman in New York.
The tribute band has had many gigs throughout the last five years, leaving their lead singer to reflect upon some of their most memorable experiences.
“We’ve done some really good festivals, we recently did Rock and Bowl festival in Shropshire,” he said.
“We’ve also done the Isle of Wight and some gigs along the South coast.
“A few months ago our drummer’s wife went into labour while we were on our way home from a gig. We got him there with an hour to spare. You always remember the gigs that are slightly unusual.”
This will be the bands first time in Hornchurch with Owen adding, “We like an Essex audience.”
The show of course features the highly anticipated song Roxanne.
Owen said: “We have to play that song. Everyone knows we have to play that song. There’s always cheering and clapping as everyone’s expecting it.”
“I think even if you’re not 100per cent a Sting fan I think you’ll enjoy the show a lot more than you think.”
Speaking about his favourite song to perform, If I Ever Lose My Faith In You Owen said: “It was the first song I ever listened to that I realised I really liked Stings music.”
The show has received five star ratings with the lead singer adding: “We have an attention to detail for the right sound.
“We spent £5,000 on equipment to get it is authentic as to what the Police used.”
Owen added: “We’ll have to wait and see for the future. Hopefully word gets out there about us.
“We hope to get the same venues and hopefully more next year.”
Message in a Bottle will be playing at Queens Theatre, Billet Lane, on Sunday July 29.
To book tickets contact the box office on 01708 443333.