05-03-1991 / New York City, NY / National Video Center (MTV Studios) / USA
• Intro - Mad About You - All This Time - [messy instrumental jam] - How Insensitive - Why Should I Cry For You/ If I Were A Carpenter - Message In A Bottle - Every Breath You Take - Fragilidad - Fragile - The Soul Cages - [messy instrumental jam] - Need Your Love So Bad
performance in front of a live studio audience:
• All This Time (*) - Mad About You (*) - Why Should I Cry For You (*) - [jam] - Message In A Bottle (*) - Every Breath You Take (*) - Fragile - Tea In The Sahara/ Walking On The Moon (*) - Ain't No Sunshine - The Wild Wild Sea
This was the 22st show recorded for the famous "MTV Unplugged" series in which acoustic music played the main role. The show premiered on 10-04-1991.
Sting played his standup bass during the whole show. He claimed that he hadn't built up the necessary callouses to tackle the instrument.
At one point, Sting forgot the lyrics to a song and a fan handed him a CD as a crib sheet. Later, Sting broke into a spontaneous vocal duet with Vinx (who was playing the African hand drum) during Every Breath You Take. By the time the song weaved its way to the conclusion, Sting almost seemed relieved.
The show was released on the official video Unplugged (PolyGram Video; 089 550).