born on 3/5/1964 in New York City, NY, United States
Campbell was born and raised in New York City, in a family with five older brothers, all of whom enjoyed music from funk and Motown, to rock and beyond, where he began learning to play the drums at age eleven. When he was fourteen years old, then-drummer in David Bowie's backing band, Dennis Davis, moved into the apartment building where Campbell's family resided. Davis invited him to come with him to see a Bowie concert, galvanizing the student to apply himself further on the drum kit. He attended high school at The High School of Music & Art (a part of the Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts) from which he graduated. Campbell practiced, and composed his own songs, finding work as a session musician.
Campbell rose to international attention in 1986, touring with Cyndi Lauper on her True Colors World Tour. For the next ten years, he played with several notable bands which drew from different genres. In 1987, Campbell joined Duran Duran, and later was hired first as a session player in 1991 by Soul Asylum, playing on half of the tracks on their 1992 release, Grave Dancer's Union including their Grammy Award-winning single, "Runaway Train". Campbell soon replaced Soul Asylum's drummer Grant Young, and played with them from 1995 to 1998.
Sterling began recording with David Bowie in 1991 and later joined his band in 1992, touring with him for fourteen years, until the end of his "A Reality Tour", in 2004. Campbell has worked with artists such as David Byrne, The B-52s, Tina Turner, and Gustavo Cerati. In 2007, he reunited with The B-52s.
Human rights advocacy
In 1999, Campbell began practicing Falun Gong, a form of meditative qigong practice whose followers are persecuted in China. He traveled to Beijing in 2002 to demonstrate against the suppression, and was allegedly detained and beaten by police. He has since continued to advocate for human rights in China.
- 1.0 1.1 Alexandra Gill, (24 January 2004), "Bowie's Drummer Hip to Falun Gong," The Globe and Mail.
- 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 Sterling Campbell. Covering It All From The B-52s To Bowie. Feature Stories. Modern Drummer magazine (August 3, 2010). Retrieved on 4 October 2012.
- 3.0 3.1 3.2 Sterling Campbell. M-AUDIO. inMusic Brands, Inc. (2012). Retrieved on 4 October 2012.
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|Simon Le Bon | Nick Rhodes | Andy Taylor | John Taylor | Roger Taylor|
|Former members: Warren Cuccurullo | Sterling Campbell|
|Dave Pirner - Dan Murphy - Tommy Stinson - Michael Bland - Karl Mueller|
|Pat Morley - Grant Young - Sterling Campbell - Ian Mussington|
|Soul Asylum discography|
|Albums: Say What You Will, Clarence...Karl Sold the Truck - Made To Be Broken - Time's Incinerator - While You Were Out - Clam Dip & Other Delights - Hang Time - And the Horse They Rode in On - Grave Dancers Union - Let Your Dim Light Shine - Candy From a Stranger - The Silver Lining|
|Compilations: Black Gold: The Best of Soul Asylum - Closer to the Stars: Best of the Twin/Tone Years|
|Live and other projects: After the Flood: Live from the Grand Forks Prom, June 28, 1997|
|Studio albums||David Bowie · Space Oddity · The Man Who Sold the World · Hunky Dory · The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars · Aladdin Sane · Pin Ups · Diamond Dogs · Young Americans · Station to Station · Low · "Heroes" · Lodger · Scary Monsters (and Super Creeps) · Let's Dance · Tonight · Never Let Me Down · Black Tie White Noise · Outside · Earthling · 'hours...' · Heathen · Reality|
|With Tin Machine||Tin Machine · Tin Machine II|
|Live albums||David Live · Stage · Ziggy Stardust: The Motion Picture · Tin Machine Live: Oy Vey, Baby · Santa Monica '72 · LiveAndWell.com · Live Santa Monica '72 · Glass Spider Live · VH1 Storytellers · A Reality Tour|
|Soundtracks||Christiane F. · Love You Till Tuesday · Labyrinth · The Buddha of Suburbia|
|EPs||Baal · Earthling in the City · Live EP (Live at Fashion Rocks)|
|Compilations||The World of David Bowie · Images 1966-1967 · Changesonebowie · The Best of Bowie · Changestwobowie · Rare · Golden Years · Fame and Fashion · Sound + Vision · Changesbowie · Early On (1964-1966) · The Singles Collection · RarestOneBowie · The Deram Anthology 1966-1968 · The Best of David Bowie 1969/1974 · The Best of David Bowie 1974/1979 · Bowie at the Beeb · All Saints · Best of Bowie · The Collection · The Platinum Collection · The Best of David Bowie 1980/1987 · Bowie Box Set (Outside, Earthling, Hours, Heathen, Reality- 10CD) · iSelect|
|Concert videos||Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars · Serious Moonlight · Glass Spider · A Reality Tour · VH1 Storytellers|
|Love You till Tuesday · Bowie The Video Collection · Black Tie White Noise · Best of Bowie|
|Tours||Ziggy Stardust Tour · Diamond Dogs Tour · Isolar · Isolar II · Serious Moonlight Tour · Glass Spider Tour · Tin Machine Tour · Sound and Vision Tour · It's My Life Tour · Outside Tour · Outside Summer Festivals Tour · Earthling Tour · The Hours... Tour · Mini Tour · Heathen Tour · A Reality Tour|
|Related artists||The Spiders from Mars · Tin Machine · Tony Visconti · Brian Eno · Mick Ronson · Mick Woodmansey · Trevor Bolder · Iggy Pop · Mike Garson · Reeves Gabrels · Earl Slick · Carlos Alomar · George Murray · Dennis Davis · Arnold Corns · Lou Reed|
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