05.28.2007 - 2007-05-28 VANCOUVER: GM Place / The Police open their world tour in arresting fashion...
The Police open their world tour in arresting fashion...
|01||Message In A Bottle |
|01||Walking On The Moon |
|02||Demolition Man |
|03||Voices Inside My Head |
|04||When The World Is Running Down |
|05||Don't Stand So Close To Me |
|06||Driven To Tears |
|07||Hole In My Life |
|08||Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic |
|09||Wrapped Around Your Finger |
|10||De Do Do Do, De Da Da Da |
|11||Invisible Sun |
|12||Can't Stand Losing You |
|14||King Of Pain |
|15||So Lonely |
|16||Every Breath You Take |
|17||Next To You |
Thousands of frenzied female fans, with equally enthusiastic male companions in tow, screamed and clapped as the 1980s rock supergroup took the stage at General Motors Place for the second kickoff date of the trio's 2007 reunion tour.
A third show Wednesday night is the last in a three-night stand in Vancouver before the group brings hits Edmonton on Saturday and then begins the U.S. leg of its tour with sold-out shows June 6 and 7 at KeyArena in Seattle.
In a woozy spectacle of fan appreciation, nearly 20,000 concertgoers packed GM Place on a night fueled by powerful grooves and heady nostalgia.
With the bang of a gong, drummer Stewart Copeland opened a two-hour-plus show filled with such hits as 'Roxanne', Don't Stand So Close to Me', 'King of Pain', 'Spirits in the Material World' and 'Walking on the Moon' - songs that helped define an era.'
The Police were one of the biggest rock bands of the early 1980s. Bassist Sting, drummer Copeland and lead guitarist Andy Summers called it quits after the group's 'Synchronicity' tour of 1983/84. The band's reunion tour - featuring an unremarkable opening band, Fictionplane - is expected to be among the top-grossing tours this year.
Band members beamed as they took the stage. Sting, in short-cropped, bleach-blond hair, was all smiles as the band launched its opening song, 'Message in a Bottle'. The most famous member of the band, Sting looked mentally and spiritually rejuvenated - and ready to take on the world with more than 100 concerts over the next few months.
Copeland, whose biceps bulged through the sleeves of his red-and-black T-shirt, played with muscular precision on a full array of percussion instruments. Summers, a bit more subdued than his bandmates, resurrected the infectious licks that helped make the group's songs so memorable.
Fans from the band's heyday, now more than 20 years older but eager to relive the glory days, filled nearly every seat at a venue comparable in size to KeyArena. The crowd spanned several generations, from the teens to the 60s. Concertgoers swarmed the merchandise counters, standing in long lines to buy official tour T-shirts priced as high as each.
The circular stage included a raised platform at the rear, three LED video screens, banks of floodlights and dozens of spotlights on long shafts that resembled the space pods from the movie "War of the Worlds."
The most colorful songs of the set were 'De Do Do Do, De Da Da Da', during which the stage was bathed in yellow light, and 'Roxanne', offering an explosion of red lighting effects that flooded the arena. The latter, which closed the main set, prompted an audience sing-along.
Sing-alongs were frequent throughout the show, from 'Don't Stand So Close to Me' to 'Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic'. Copeland's percussion was enchantingly exotic during 'Wrapped Around Your Finger'. Sting introduced 'Murder by Numbers' by reminding the audience that the Rev. Jimmy Swaggart had once said the song had been written by the devil.
'Invisible Sun', with its line about "killing everybody in the human race," was accompanied by black-and-white videos of devastation in Iraq. The beautiful, insightful 'Walking in Your Footsteps' featured video imagery of a dinosaur skeleton.
The show went just past 11 p.m., with two encores featuring such songs as 'King of Pain' and 'Every Breath You Take'.
Taking a bow at the end, Sting, Copeland and Summers were clearly happy to be on stage again.
© The Seattle Post-Intelligencer by Gene Stout
Photo by Dave & Wendy