Sting rocks Adams Center in Missoula...
Thousands of fans of all ages flocked to the Adams Center in Missoula last Thursday evening to see someone who is perhaps one of the most recognizable people in rock'n'roll history.
Making his first appearance in Montana, Sting, the former Police frontman, delighted a nearly packed house with a high energy set list which lasted nearly an hour and a half.
''This is the first time I've ever been to Montana,'' the bassist proclaimed, igniting the 5,400 fans in attendance.
Starting off with a bang, Sting and his band charged into some old Police hits, beginning with 'Message In A Bottle', followed by 'Spirits in the Material World' and 'Demolition Man'.
His backup band consists of guitarists Dominic Miller and Shane Fontayne and perhaps one of the most talented drummers in all of rock'n'roll, Josh Freese. Freese is currently the drummer for A Perfect Circle and Devo and was referred to as ''the boy wonder'' by Sting during the introductions.
Wearing a black suit with pinstripes and wielding one of the most beat up basses imaginable, Sting paused after a few songs to kiss the instrument.
The band continued to recreate the hits of the past, as 'If You Love Somebody Set Them Free' was next on the set list, followed by a touching tribute to Johnny Cash in a magnificent cover of his song 'I Hung My Head'.
Known mainly for his unique and incomparable voice, Sting held the crowd in the palm of his hand.
In recent years, Sting has been known for his adult contemporary style, branching his musical range out to a more mellow genre.
But that sound never really made its way into the venue as the 'The Broken Music Tour' is Sting's tribute to his rockin' roots.
He explained to the crowd that it was important to go back to his roots and that he couldn't do that without mentioning the Beatles. And just as quickly, the band played an incredible cover of the Beatles' 'A Day In The Life'.
Hits like 'Fields of Gold', 'Roxanne', 'Every Breath You Take', and 'If I Ever Lose My Faith In You' followed, among others, as the band played three encores.
At the end of the show, fans in front showered the stage with roses as the foursome bowed three times and left the stage for good.
Putting in their two cents for the evening was California openers Phantom Planet. Touring behind their mega-successful self-titled sophomore album, Phantom Planet entertained the early arrivals offering up jokes and some great music.
They played an intense and exciting set, although it was much too short lasting only seven or eight songs. At one point, vocalist Alexander Greenwald brought a fan onstage and gave her a tambourine to play, mentioning tongue-in-cheek that the instrument is ''the most important instrument for a rock band.''
The group wrapped up their show with their radio hit 'Big Brat', and 'California', which is the theme song for the show ''The OC.'' As soon as the opening keyboard part from that tune was played, a deafening shriek of screams erupted from the younger female fanbase in attendance, no doubt fans of the television show.
Phantom Planet was definitely worthy of sharing the stage and opening for Sting.
Rarely do you see a musician bridge such a large gap between generations and Sting is one of them. After watching his live show, one can't help but realize why he doesn't need a surname.
(c) Great Falls Tribune by Patrick Douglas