SHOW REVIEW

Sweet Sting of success...

Amidst the cheers last winter. when it was announced Sting would visit St. John's on his Back to Bass tour, were the inevitable moans. "Dinosaur rock," some groused.

It is true.

At 61, the artist formerly known as Gordon Sumner has enjoyed little recent notoriety.

His latest chart-topping solo hits are a good decade gone, and the first ones to cheer that New Wave sensation, The Police, are old and grizzled.

Fans of today's music might see him, as one wag stated, "another washed-up has-been."

Think what you want, youngster. Sting packed One Mile Centre Wednesday night, and none of those terms came to mind.

Instead, the gathered thousands cheered, danced and welcomed the bassist and band with unbridled enthusiasm.

True, it's not as if we Newfoundlanders (not sure about the Labradorians) don't love us some classic rock.

Heck, the biggest shows in the last five years have been solid gold, back when gold was worth something. Neil Young, John Fogerty, Leonard Cohen, Deep Purple - need we go on? The promoters know this, and we enjoy the fruits of their labours every summer and, more and more, throughout the year.

It's not like we're alone in this, people. St. John's is just one stop for all these acts, and they're not playing Joe's Bar and Grill in the bigger towns.

Sting's Back To Bass tour started in 2011, launched its Canadian leg in May and has been collecting stunning reviews and huge crowds at every stop.

The tour is built on simplicity; six musicians, a bit of razzle, some musical dazzle. Original E-Streeter David Sancious sits at the Keyboard, with drummer Vinnie Colaiuta and guitarist Dominic Miller, violin and mandolin from Peter Tickell and the added richness of Jo Lawry's backing vocals.

It's a tight, intimate group you might like to see at Joe's, but they had no trouble filling every ear at Mile One.

Can we single out one performer as shining? No, Each brought maximum talent to the stage. Nicely chosen. (How does one get hired to play for Sting, anyway?)

On their feet from the moment the show opened with 'If I Ever Lose My Faith In You', a Grammy-winning tune from 1993's 'Ten Summoner's Tales', the crowd ate it up.

Trim and fit, in black jeans and white T, Sting brought the funk from the start. Bass player, right?

And that voice, the voice that pulled The Police into the highest levels of popular music, and held the man himself there for years, remains nearly as crisp and bright as it has ever been.

Goading the audience into singing - it didn't take much - right at the second song, The Police classic 'Every Little Thing She Does', he jumped across the catalogue, the years, the many albums. And the styles.

Much of Sting's solo work tastes of jazz, has orchestral sweep, digs in for the heavy drive. All this he brings to the stage.

Never speaking too long, the singer did share the origins of 'Fields Of Gold' (the crops surrounding his English castle), his country-music ambitions (Johnny Cash covered his 'I Hung My Head") and his Screech-in experience (and resulting illness on Signal Hill, to great ovation.)

There was another ovation for 'Message In A Bottle', the 1979 Police single Sting has said is his favourite song.

Apparently he's not alone in that.

And at the end, after 'Roxanne', the encore came quickly, and the second just as quickly after the stalker anthem 'Every Breath You Take' and the third with one of The Police's best, 'Next To You'.

All still all were left wanting more as he eased them out with 'Fragile'.

What more could you want from a concert?

(c) The Telegram by Ken Simmons

(88) Reviews and Comments
simongagne - 06.30.13
Wrapped Around His Finger
What can I say? Great evening. Great music. Can't imagine a better two hours of entertainment. One of the best concerts ever in St. John's. As he left the stage he said he'd be back. We will hold you to that, Mr. Sting! You must return to St. John's!
randywabush - 06.27.13
Great Show
Last time I seen Sting was at The Police show Nov 8, 2007 in Toronto. Could not tell almost 8 years have gone by with this performance and his voice.
sb709 - 06.27.13
Amazing
The Concert was amazing last night!! Thanks for coming to our little corner of the world. Vinnie Colaiuta just the icing on the cake. Could have stayed for another hour of encores and maybe another instrumental (or two) One correction of the Set List there.. Wrapped Around Your Finger was played just after The Hounds of Winter.
Robenglish - 06.26.13
TODAY!!!
I cant express in txt how excited I am to finally see one of my all time favorite artists. I woke up at 5:30 this morning and couldnt get back to sleep. I dont have great seats but just being in the same building as him and seeing him and his band perform is going to be be a total thrill for me. It is going to be hard to concentrate at the office today and getting to meet him would actually split my wig. Still cant believe he will be in Newfoundland today and I really hope he loves it as much as all the other artists that come here and are blown away by how awesome this place is and it entices him to come back if not for a gig then to explore and appreciate our province.
chipmunk - 01.28.13
Can't wait!
I'm with you, Noble41. I also managed to get tickets in the pre-sale on Wednesday and am very thankful for them since the tickets sold out super quickly today. I saw Sting in Toronto in 2004 - flew up there just to see the show. He was the artist that was topmost on my bucket list. I can't believe I'm seeing him again in little Mile One. To all those who never got tickets, here's hoping that you luck in to some when it gets closer to the event.
Noble41 - 01.28.13
Is it June yet?
Lots of negativity on here, and I'm not here to say it's unwarranted. I just wanted to leave a positive note to say that my finacée and I were lucky enough to get some pre-sale tickets, and we cannot wait until the show. We're big fans of Sting, and we know it's going to be a show to remember, for sure. Here's hoping some honest folk out there will sell their tickets at face value if they're unable to attend, and allow some true fans to experience the show.
SeanMDawe - 01.28.13
Tickets sold out already!
I started trying to access the ticket site at 12:00 and never even managed to get in. In the meantime, within minutes, scalpers have tickets all over Kijiji. There's something not right with the ticket purchasing system.

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No, there is no second show.
LisaRowe - 01.28.13
2nd concert
is there going to be a second show

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No.
Hilda - 01.28.13
presale
Are tickets available for Presale @10:00 a.m. NL time today.

Hilda

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The presale finished at 3pm local time on Friday 25 Jan.
Carla1313 - 01.28.13
Tickets this morning
Your website says tickets go on sale at 10am and Mile One says noon on their website and when you call the recording says they aren't opening until noon. Can someone clarify please?

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We are not selling public tickets. The venue or promoter must have altered the on-sale time.
pcoish - 01.27.13
Not enough info on site
I also spent the $ to get pre-sale tickets and the site doesn't tell you this until after you sign up and spend your money. Poor customer service if you ask me.

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This is not the case. The presales finished at 3pm local time on Friday 25 Jan. It says this quite clearly at the top of the tour page.
Hilda - 01.26.13
Missed out
I just the $ for the membership and then found out that the presale is over. Disappointed. Hopefully I can get tickets on Monday.

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The presales finished at 3pm local time on Friday 25 Jan. It says quite clearly at the top of the tour page.
ijb - 01.26.13
disappointed
I was very disappointed as \i signed up as a paid member, but somehow could not access the tickets :-(

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The presales finished at 3pm local time on Friday 25 Jan. It says quite clearly at the top of the tour page.
KG - 01.25.13
kg
paid member and using my promo code from tour section to get seats today. when it directs me to site and I put code in it says "offer expired". was this a one day pre-sale only for 24th?!!

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As per the info on the tour page the presale ended on Friday at 3pm local.
brendabmp1 - 01.25.13
Pre-sale Promo Code
I can't find the promo code

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You must be a paid member of the fan club to take part in the presale. If you are then login and visit the Tour page where your unique passcode is displayed.
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