Sting and Frank Zappa got along quite well. Not only did they share a drummer (Vinnie Colaiuta, who came to Sting from Zappa's pack), but Sting made a guest appearance at one of Zappa's live shows. This is immortalized on Zappa's Broadway The Hard Way
album, where Sting performs his hit "Murder By Numbers
" in protest of the religious right's controversy around the song at the time.
Speaking of Sting drummer Vinnie Colaiuta, you'll never guess where he got his break - his first tour was with Al Kooper
during Kooper's 1976 tour to kick off his solo album Act Like Nothing's Wrong
- the title of which, by the way, he got from the T-shirts worn by Stevie Wonder's road crew.