03.05.10 Sting has the city in a rapture... The 59-year-old singer's voice was in top form as he kicked the tempo a notch higher with a funk-jam highlighted by scat-style singing on the crowd-pleasing ...


Sting has the city in a rapture...

It was truly a Super Thursday evening with the Derrinstown Stud-sponsored Super racecard kicking off the final weekend of racing of the Dubai International Racing Carnival and a post-race concert by the Sting.

The concert, which began at midnight, at the magnificent newly-built Meydan at Nad Al Sheba saw the 16 Grammy Award-winning singer perform a greatest hits filled set of his solo material as well as classics from The Police.

Dressed in all black, he warmed up the patient-but-freezing Dubai audience with 'Message In A Bottle' quickly followed by 'If I Ever Lose My Faith In You'. His four-piece touring band gave new energy to many of his old well-known hits throughout the night including 'Englishman In New York', the foot-tapping 'Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic' and acoustic intros to 'Fields Of Gold' and 'Shape Of My Heart' drew whistles and long rounds of applause.

"Dubai is amazing," he said as he conducted the audience masterfully through hand-clapping and singalongs on classics like 'If You Love Somebody Set Them Free', which also featured an extended guitar solo set.

The songs that had even the men in suits swaying and crooning were, of course, 'Every Breath You Take', 'Walking On The Moon'and the high-powered 'When The World Is Running Down'.

The 59-year-old singer's voice was in top form as he kicked the tempo a notch higher with a funk-jam highlighted by scat-style singing on the crowd-pleasing 'Roxanne'. Sting had the women screaming for more on one of his newer hits - 'Desert Rose' from his 'Brand New Day' album. The nearly two-hour concert ended with the gentle ballad 'Fragile' leaving the thousands of fans who had turned up with memories for a lifetime.

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