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Wednesday May 18, 2011
By Oracle OpenWorld Blog Staff on May 18, 2011
Grammy-winning musician appearing live at Appreciation Event
Oracle is excited to announce that world-renowned musician Sting will perform live during Oracle OpenWorld 2011. Sting took a few minutes from his busy schedule to answer our five questions:
Q: When were you last in San Francisco and what do you love about the city and California?
Sting: I was last in San Francisco a couple of years ago (May 18, 2009) to perform at a benefit concert for the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. It’s a great city and one I truly enjoy visiting. Like so many who grew up in England under the rain clouds, coming to California is always a breath of fresh air for me.
Q: What excites you the most about playing live and what kind of experience do you want your audience to have?
Sting: All I ever wanted to be in life is a musician. I love being on stage and seeing the audience enjoy themselves and most importantly, be surprised. The element of surprise is really the one essential in music. I think every time you perform a song you have to breathe new life into it, especially with a song like “Roxanne” that I’ve performed thousands of times. It’s my job to discover something new or some alternate meaning and to present even the smallest variation each time I sing it.
Q: Why are you passionate about protecting the rainforest—what's the one thing that everyone could do to help?
Sting: I see what’s happening in the rainforest as a universal problem that affects us all. I was fortunate enough to travel to the Amazon and meet with indigenous peoples, and that really gave rise to a passion in me to help protect these natural resources for present and future generations. Trudie and I are very proud of the work we’ve done in the Amazon and with The Rainforest Foundation. I think the most important thing to do is raise awareness and try to stir a desire in people to do whatever they can to help out.
Q: You've got a busy summer planned, capped off with your performance at Oracle OpenWorld 2011. What do you like most about touring?
Sting: There’s no way to describe the feeling of going on stage in front of thousands of people who are pleased to see you. That’s something you can’t be blasé about. I also feel as though I’m probably at my most free when I am singing, and touring gives me the opportunity to experience that honesty and candidness almost every night.
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Thursday Sep 23, 2010
By Oracle Staff on Sep 23, 2010
Live Twitter Feed Makes Attendees Part of the Act
Upwards of 25,000 customers and users, techs and execs, partners and vendors all came together and partied down at the Oracle OpenWorld 2010 Appreciation Event on Treasure Island. Nobody had trouble finding something to do, with entertainment that included a full carnival midway with lots of games and rides, tents and booths serving up food and drinks, a diverse lineup of musical acts, and a stunning full moon that rose over the San Francisco Bay Bridge.
On the main stage, Berlin opened with their hits from the 80s plus some modern-sounding new releases. Midway through their set, tiny Terri Nunn hopped onto a roadie's shoulders and took a tour of the audience, happily greeting fans and leading a sing-along.
"Can you believe this?" she asked the crowd. "What a company party ...!"
Next up, the Black Eyed Peas stormed the stage in full hip-hop regalia with dancers, props, and neon exoskeletons. They played a full set and left the crowd dancing and calling for more. Steve Miller closed things down with a long set that concluded with Terri Nunn back on stage for a duet.
On the indoor stage, the English Beat, Montgomery Gentry, and Don Henley kept their half of the crowd cheering and dancing to three genres--and three generations--of great music. Henley closed his set with the Eagles' Grammy-winning hit "Hotel California."
Between sets, two giant video screens scrolled through tweets that used the conference and Appreciation Event hashtags. There were tweets like these:
RT@arewold Hello Larry, I am a Java developer, and right now I like you quite a lot! #oow10ti #javaone
And the somewhat less fortunate:
Friday Sep 10, 2010
By Oracle Staff on Sep 10, 2010
Catch The English Beat at the Appreciation Event on Treasure Island on Wednesday, September 22
If you register for any conference pass between September 3 and 10, you'll be eligible for a drawing to meet The English Beat in person at the Appreciation Event. Learn more.
In his second guest post for the OpenWorld blog, Dave Wakeling, lead singer and guitarist for The English Beat, sent us his impressions of San Francisco.
"Uber-European sensibility and pioneer brass tacks, what's not to love about San Francisco? Always wanted to live there, but always kept hostage by sun and sand of LA.
A Shangri-la of my youth, following Bill Graham's productions from afar, but wishing so hard it was like I was there, I got to be in a group and have dinner with him at his house to fill in any details I hadn't already embroidered.
Beautiful color combinations on houses; like the gaiety of English Victoriana before her Prince died and the Queen wanted everything painted black. I always hope there is a relationship, for little survived in the UK.
San Francisco, oddly enough, is a very modest city, considering the amazing cultural and technological advances that have been hatched on crowded freeways that all end in 80, a subtle defense against strangers, as fiendish as the design of any medieval city. Always at the sharp end of change, a multicultural experiment in community and compassion, and like a proven new wine, a captivating blend of rough and refined.
All of this makes San Francisco a natural leader in the 21st century. The dawning of the Age of Aquarius got its kick-off here in many ways. What will come out of San Francisco in this generation to make those dreams come true? How exciting to be a part of this!
Always room for improvement; traffic manners have sadly declined considerably in the past 20 years, whereas they have unpredictably improved in LA. Yes, your horn works! But where de ya think ya from, buddy, New York or somethin'? Get outta here! I have learned that in the eternal competition between SF and LA, this is counted against you, as though your tension is giving you away, and letting the Cali chill down."
Written in the Granada Theater Dallas car park in a tour bus during a thunderstorm,
Read Dave's first post recounting his memories of playing at OpenWorld 2007.
Tuesday Sep 07, 2010
By Oracle Staff on Sep 07, 2010
See Berlin Live at the Oracle Appreciation Event on Sept. 22
The OpenWorld Blog staff checked in with Terri Nunn, Berlin's lead singer, about her band's upcoming performance and what she thinks of the OpenWorld crowd. Look for Part 2 of our interview next week!
Blog Staff: This will be the third time you've performed at OpenWorld. What are your memories of the previous show?
Terri Nunn: The last time I performed at OpenWorld was one of the highlights of my life. The amazing Oracle people gave us the unbelievable opportunity to play with ELTON JOHN! I don't care where my career has gone or will go; that night will be a standout forever. The crowd seemed in a daze and it's no wonder. How often will you ever get to see Elton John and--even more incredibly--see him at a company party?
Blog Staff: Do you like performing in San Francisco? Are there any particular things you do while you're here?
Terri Nunn: San Francisco's such a gorgeous place. The weather is perfect for me. I like places that are cooler, especially in the summer. I love the character of the city, the hilly streets and the archictecture. And we are SO EXCITED to play with THE BLACK EYED PEAS!! It's our first time!
Blog Staff: What have you been up to this summer?
Terri Nunn: I've been playing concerts and touring behind our latest release, "ALL THE WAY IN," a CD/DVD package. I'm also completing an all-new studio album that will come out in 2011. Simultaneously, I'm co-hosting a new talk show every week called "Between The Sheets" on HotTalkLA.com. We interview amazing guests - we recently did a two-parter with Grace Slick from the Jefferson Airplane, one of my heroes! She asked me to sing on a song with her to benefit the needy people in Louisiana right now called "Edge of Madness." In return, she let me interview her. You can download "Between The Sheets" shows anytime at HotTalkLA.com or on iTunes.
Other than work, I've been teaching my daughter how to swim! She goes into first grade in September.
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