Sting: An Englishman in Luxembourg...
Last night in Esch-sur-Alzette...
For the first time ever in his long career Sting rendered Luxembourg a visit with his ''Broken Music Tour''. The date had been carefully chosen, just prior to the French National Day and marked 2 important celebrations locally, the city of Esch sur Alzette's 100 years anniversary as well as the ''Banque et Caisse de l'Epargne de l'Etat'' (BCEE)'s 150 years anniversary.
At the football stadium Emile Mayrisch on the ''Gaalgebierg'' the ambiance was just superb, with some 18.000 visitors attending the concert and the sun still radiating strongly. The event kicked-off with performances of ''Fiction Plane'' (with Sting's own son Joe Sumner) and the local group ''Dreamcatcher''.
Following the warming-up (with plenty of options to get some refreshments and food) Gordon Matthew Thomas Sumner alias Sting finally appeared on stage at 9.30 pm. Sting received an overwhelming applause and performed many classics of The Police and himself such as 'If I Ever Lose My Faith In You', 'Message In A Bottle', 'Every Breath You Take', 'Walking On The Moon' and 'Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic'.
Once the sun had set the beautiful 'Fields of Gold' received a huge clapping, followed by the ever popular 'Roxanne' where the stage turned into true red lights. The lyrics of the closing song 'Fragile' were remarkably appropriate and were very well received by the audience.
''If blood will flow when flesh and steel are one, Drying in the color of the evening sun, Tomorrow's rain will wash the stains away, But something in our minds will always stay, Perhaps this final act was meant, To clinch a lifetime's argument, That nothing comes from violence and nothing ever could, For all those born beneath an angry star, Lest we forget how fragile we are!''
''Something in our minds will always stay'' of Sting's spectacular concert, a world star that doesn't seem to be fragile at all at the age of nearly 55!
(c) Marjolijn Thiecke, The Station Network