Steve Agovino from USA

1- Name - Surname - Nickname - age - city - country ?
Hi, my name is Steve Agovino (aka "the Kid" aka BBM)... 26 years old. I'm from New Jersey.

2- What did you do for living?
I work in the music business... started as a Promotions intern, now currently doing mechanical licensing/songwriters' royalties.

3- Sting or Police?
I primarily collect Sting's solo material, but I have been known to pick up a few Police-related items from time to time.

4- When did you start to collect Sting items and why?
I grew up with the Police and Sting for as long as I can remember - from having my own vinyl-transferred cassette copy of Synchronicity back in 1983 to the first CD I bought when I was 14. But I didn't start collecting until my freshman year of college, in the fall of 1995. I had discovered Mitch Darby's website "The Police: Released" when I got internet access through school and could not believe the amount of material recorded and issued that I did not have... and needed to own... badly. When the internet expanded to what it is today, I eventually turned to some online retailers across the globe and eBay to locate items I did not have. I think the internet was the death of me...

5- What did you collect (everything, just CD, vinyl.)?
I mostly look for CD items, but have been known to pick up a 7" or 12" single from time to time. No cassettes though... too many of those have gotten eaten over the years.

6- What is the item your are the proudest to have?
Proudest to own.... hmm, that's tough. Overall, I think it's the Police CD-Video promo single for Don't Stand So Close To Me (about 100 were pressed worldwide to introduce this media).

7- What is the item your definitely want top have?
Perhaps one day I'd like to find some of the Japanese DJ compilations, and I'd *love* to have the promo CD-R of the Brand New Day demos/B-sides...

8- What is your best remember about Sting and/or collecting?
As far as shows go, I think the best memory was getting front row for the first time in March 1997, at the former Paramount in NYC during the Mercury Falling tour... where I met the late Kenny Kirkland after the show as the band came out to shake hands.

9- How many time did you see sting/Police live?
Too many times... :)

10- Your 5 favourites songs /your order of preference of the album?
Top 5 songs... sort of difficult but I'll try:
1) Mad About You (Acoustic Live In Newcastle version)
2) Shadows In The Rain
3) If You Love Somebody Set Them Free
4) It's Probably Me ("Lethal Weapon 3" version)
5) Fields Of Gold

11- list the 7 Sting studio album (or police ones if you prefer police) in order of preference

Album preference - Sting:
1) The Dream Of The Blue Turtles
2) Ten Summoner's Tales
3) The Soul Cages
4) Mercury Falling
5) Brand New Day
6) ...Nothing Like The Sun
7) Sacred Love

Album preference - Police:
1) Synchronicity
2) Zenyatta Mondatta
3) Reggatta de Blanc
4) Ghost In The Machine
5) Outlandos d'Amour

12- what other sting recording is a MUST for you (unplugged, acoustic concert, non album songs...) ?
I would like to see all of the old VHS videos released on DVD...

13- what is your favourite tour and why?
I think my favorite tour would have to be the Ten Summoner's Tales tour - although I never went to any of the shows, hearing some of the recordings from that tour made me wish I started attending concerts earlier.

14- what is your favourite album or single cover ?
My favorite single cover is that from the All This Time single - I love the artwork on the cover. But I also am very partial to the inside of the Englishman In New York single... growing up a stone's throw from Manhattan, I terribly miss the Twin Towers from the skyline nowadays...

15- if it was not Sting, who would it be?
Aside from Sting, I am also a big supporter of Jethro Tull, and have quite the collection of their material, as well as the Dave Matthews Band and U2.

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