08.01.2008 - 2008-08-01 SARATOGA: Saratoga Performing Arts Center / The Police are a reunion worth waiting for...
|01||Message In A Bottle |
|02||Walking On The Moon |
|03||Demolition Man |
|04||Voices Inside My Head |
|05||When The World Is Running Down |
|06||Don't Stand So Close To Me |
|07||Driven To Tears |
|08||Hole In My Life |
|09||Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic |
|10||Wrapped Around Your Finger |
|11||De Do Do Do, De Da Da Da |
|12||Invisible Sun |
|13||Can't Stand Losing You |
|15||King Of Pain |
|16||So Lonely |
|17||Every Breath You Take |
|18||Next To You |
The Police are a reunion worth waiting for...
I've never been more bummed about waiting in traffic.
I waited for two hours on Route 9 in Saratoga Springs while the rest of the county listened to Elvis Costello rip up the stage at Saratoga Performing Arts Center on Friday night.
While I made it into the arena for a stellar, yet final, performance of '(What's So Funny 'Bout) Peace Love and Understanding', rumour has it that I missed all the night's show-stoppers including 'Radio Radio', 'Pump it up', 'Watching the Detectives' and a version of 'Alison' that required assistance from Sting.
No matter. There were other things to be excited about.
The power trio of Sting, Andy Summers and Stewart Copeland took the stage like a weather system. The roar of the crowd, deep enough to trickle onto the pathway near the vendor stands, could most likely be heard two towns over.
They opened with 'Message in a Bottle' and followed up with 'Walking on the Moon'. Sting took advantage of the crowd's unconditional affection, beginning a call and answer sing-along.
It is a joy to watch the artists perform. For a moment, you get swept up in how complex and talented the bass player is - and then, like an elastic snap, you remember you're watching Sting.
Andy Summers is a master of chordal tonality and Stewart Copeland bangs the kit with the elation of a school boy.
Speaking of school boys, as a preface to 'Don't Stand So Close To Me', Sting reminded the audience that at one time or another he was a school teacher with a mortgage and a pension. In his own words, "What the (expletive) happened?"
Greatness, that's what.
The audience was on its feet through most of the night, assuaged by performances of 'Demolition Man' and 'Every Little Thing She Does is Magic'.
It is difficult to summarize bearing witness to greatness. The Police are captivating.
Thank God for reunions.
© Glen Falls Post-Star by Ce Skidmore