Sting to celebrate 25 years of music 

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Zany Sting jokes — will they never end?

If they’re not tantric-sex related, they’re hilarious barbs like Peter Griffin’s comment on “Family Guy,” where he promised that — if he was hired as a wedding singer — everyone would understand the words he was singing. “Not like Sting, where you can only understand the last three,” he sneered, with a garbled concert clip from Sting for proof.

But the ex-Police bandleader seems to take it all in stride, while he good-naturedly soldiers on to such milestones as his solo-career retrospective, “Sting: 25 Years” on Sept. 27. A box set featuring three remastered CDs, and a new DVD, “Rough, Raw And Unreleased.” They’re housed in a deluxe hardbound book that contains lyrics, rare photos and new commentary by the composer himself.

Box set too pricey, you say?

You can wait until Oct. 18, then, for a condensed volume, “Sting: The Best Of 25 Years.” To celebrate the occasion, Sting is also undertaking a Back To Bass North American tour of intimate theaters, backed by a five-piece band.

Fans will get strippd-down live renditions of his 25-year catalog, plus a few Police morsels thrown in for good measure.

The tour hits San Francisco’s Nob Hill Masonic Center on Dec. 2. Tickets go on sale Sept. 19 via www.livenation.com or www.ticketmaster.com.

Maybe he’ll enunciate his lyrics more clearly this time around.

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