July 19, 2004

Haligu lufu

Last Wednesday, my wife and I went to the Sting concert at the Air Canada Centre (ACC). You can read my wife’s comments about the concert here. The concert was actually a double bill with Annie Lennox, who played an hour-long set before Sting’s hour-and-a-half set.

The opening act was a solo classical guitar performace by Sting’s guitarist Dominic Miller, which was quite good but somewhat lost in the large venue. Though I’m not particularly an Annie Lennox fan, her set was quite enjoyable, particularly the songs I knew and particularly her rockier numbers.

Sting’s portion of the evening very good and demonstrated what an excellent backing band he has — Jason Rebello is a phenominal pianist. Sting performed mainly his solo material, leaning particularly on his more recent albums. Perhaps unsurprisingly he played only three of his Police-era songs — with the large back catalogue he has, it’s hard to get all that much into an hour-and-a-half set. Annie Lennox sang a duet with Sting on his “We’ll Be Together”, which was quite good. Also worthy of mention was the extended jam on “Roxanne”. The sound engineering for the night was rather disappointing, however, as the vocals were rather muddy and overall the volume was too low. In the past I’ve found the sound at concerts at the ACC to be quite good, so I’m not sure why the quality was off this night. I’ve now seen Sting perform four times, and while this wasn’t his best concert in my experience, it was nevertheless quite enjoyable.

Inspired by this concert, I’ve decided that the next book from my bed-side pile will be Sting’s Broken Music, which was given to me by a very dear friend of mine who had gone to meet Sting and got the book signed earlier this year.

Posted by Mark at July 19, 2004 05:45 PM