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Thursday, 31 August, 2000, 11:04 GMT 12:04 UK
Sting's freebie in the park
Sting
Sting is giving his services for free in Central Park
Pop superstar Sting is to perform in front of 25,000 people in New York - for free.

The 48-year-old artist has agreed to do the gig in Central Park to benefit youth programmes in the city.

The concert is being sponsored by an electronics firm, who are paying the city $1m (700,000) to put it on next month.

Sting
The star holds aloft another Grammy at this year's ceremony.
New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani said the money would go to city youth programmes run by the city's Parks Department and alcohol-free celebrations around the city in December.

Fans will still need to get tickets for the show on 12 September, with demand expected to be huge.

Big star

Sting is a big star in the United States and won two Grammy Awards earlier this year for his album Brand New Day - taking his overall tally to 14.

Born in the north east of England, he found fame with The Police, who had a string of chart-topping singles and albums in the late seventies and early eighties.

He has since gone on to become one of the world's biggest solo artists and has devoted a lot of his time and money to environmental projects, including the setting up of a rainforests benefit gig earlier this year.

Another performer giving his services for nothing is rock singer John Mellencamp.

The star has been travelling up and down America playing free gigs and, with a lunchtime spot in Nashville his latest stop.

"This is not a concert," he announced. "I'm just here to play for the people. I ain't got nothing to sell and I ain't promoting nothing. I'm just here for you guys."

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