Sting sat in with The Mothers on 3/3/1988 in Chicago, IL and provided vocal for Broadway The Hard Way, singing the song "Murder By Numbers" which originally appeared on the Police album, Synchronicity. In a thank-you note after the performance, Sting wrote, "Please mail me the sheet music for "The Idiot Bastard Son," you won't be sorry. Love, Mr. Sting." Recordings exist of Sting performing this on his '88 tour.
Mike Keneally wrote:
"Frank read to us a note from Sting saying that he really enjoyed playing with the band, thanks for accomodating him or something along those lines, he would really like to help Frank out with registering voters in America as long as Frank helps Sting to get Thatcher out of office - which Frank found very intriguing - and the note ended with "Please mail me the sheet music for 'The Idiot Bastard Son', you won't be sorry. Love, Mr. Sting." [...] Then Vivian called, and when she called I mentioned to her that Sting needed the music to "The Idiot Bastard Son." Frank didn't have "The Frank Zappa Songbook Vol. 1", nobody else had it, I was apparently the only one in the touring organization who had access to it. So Viv was kind enough to fax the music to me, and when I got it I showed it to Scott and he thought it was great, and when I gave it to Frank he registered surprise and said "Boy, that was fast," and he gave it to Dave, and he came back and patted me on the shoulder and said "Good job." Sting's happy, Frank's happy, everybody's happy."
Sting Wrote To Frank Zappa:"Please, mail me..." Reviewed by Klemen Hlupič on 11:25 Rating: