Sting's 'Broken Music Tour' makes stop at Wachovia Arena...
The rock superstar we have affectionately come to know as Sting is following a path like many before him have traveled. Paul McCartney, David Bowie and the Rolling Stones are a few that come to mind.
So far, pretty impressive company, right? Well to the delight of the 4,000 fans on hand for the 'Broken Music Tour' Tuesday evening at Wachovia Arena at Casey Plaza, Sting dusted off some classics and reached into his extensive library of musical compositions to resurrect some real chestnuts.
Yes, Sting seems to have either come to reconciliation with the memory of his days with the Police or the material simply isn't old or mundane to him. Not that his foray into the stream of esoteric jazzy-pop wasn't creative or even significant, but his fans will always know him bets for his days alongside Andy Summers and Stewart Copeland.
Sting wasn't apologetic Tuesday night but instead, he left his music do the talking. And talk it did. 'Roxanne', 'Demolition Man', 'Message In A Bottle' and 'Synchronicity II' sounded magnificent. Pop's tunesmith that helped usher in the 'new wave' of music in the late 1970s, early 1980s had his 'A' game on at Tuesday's concert.
The emphasis for 'Broken Music' was not on special effects, jumbo video screens or technical wizardry but rather effective, straight ahead catchy pop-rock songs crafted by one of music's most gifted architects. Sting's ringing voice and accompanying reggae flavored groove make songs melt in your soul. Whether it was the preachy 'If I Ever Lose My Faith' or 'Heavy Cloud, No Rain', the audience got aboard for every note and chorus.
For most of the evening, Sting offered up the sophisticated, catchy-pop that help bring the Police all the way from New Castle, England to the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio. And he surrounded himself with a great backing band seeming to try to re-capture the magic of Summers & Copeland without the accompanying baggage it could bring. Remember, it wasn't a very amicable split folks.
Drummer Josh Freese (from A Perfect Circle & DEVO), along with Shayne Fontayne (Bruce Springsteen's band), and Sting's long time compatriot Dominic Miller, simply sizzled behind Sting all of the evening through. Sting wanted to make a statement with the playlist and backing musicians and made a very strong one at that.
The 54-year-old dashing rock tunesmith never left Tuesday evening's performance drag. If Sting would slow the tempo a bit like his stirring rendition of Johnny Cash's 'Hung My Head', he then would come back strongly with a frenetic Police song like Zenyatta Mondatta's 'Driven To Tears' or vary tempo even greater with Ghost In The Machine's 'Spirits In The Material World.'
If you haven't seen Sting in a while or maybe became uninterested in his soundscape album projects, this was the show not to miss.
The Broken Music tour is inappropriately named. In this case, there's not a thing wrong so don't even think about trying to fix it!
(c) Citizen's Voice by Alexander Choman