Sting and Vince Gill joke about being “The Self Righteous Brothers” Country star Vince Gill and rock star Sting teamed up at the Hammerstein Ballroom last night to help CMT Crossroads celebrate its 10th anniversary in a big way. It was the first New York taping in five years for the cable country video network’s program, which teams country artists with those of other genres in illustrating the far-reaching roots of country music–and usually tapes in Nashville. The show airs November 25th.

This “Crossroads” was one of the toughtest tickets for those lucky enough to attend. But while previous stellar pairings like John Fogerty and Keith Urban and John Mellencamp and Kenny Chesney may have made more sense from the country music roots standpoint, that surely didn’t bother anyone present.

Any advantage Gill might have had in being the CMT property was likely offset by Sting’s being an Englishman in New York, as Hammerstein’s appeared to be as much a Sting crowd, at least, as Gill’s. “I always wanted to be rock star– but couldn’t fit into spandex,” joked Gill, alluding to his heavyweight tendancies, though he looked slimmed-down casual and kind of bookish in short hair and glasses, jeans and plaid shirt with tails sticking out.

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