Sting in Des Moines...
Here's another fan club member who was at the Des Moines concert last evening. It was my very first Sting concert, so I was not at all disappointed. Having tired of the football stadium concerts I've attended by other performers, I was so happy that my first live Sting experience was in this intimate theater setting where I actually could see Sting and not have to watch him on a projection screen!
I applaud Sting for doing so many songs from the new CD - it truly is the 'Sacred Love' tour! While I would have loved to have heard more of my favorite songs in person, I have my CDs and DVDs of those to enjoy.
The audience singing the entire first verse of Roxanne before Sting kicked in was great fun.
I agree that ending with 'A Thousand Years' was not a wise choice. The audience was so pumped after 'Desert Rose' and 'Every Breath You Take' that I didn't feel we were leaving the theatre with the adrenalin still pumping. But there was no way that I was going to be disappointed in my first Sting concert. It was everything I had hoped for. I was glad that I knew the set list in advance so I was prepared not to hear some of my favorite songs.
Chris Botti was wonderful - on stage and off. After the show, I slipped by the merchandise table to take a look at things (I'd already ordered my ''souvies'' from Sting.com before the concert so I wouldn't have to drag it all around with me). Chris was sitting on one of the tables signing CDs, so of course I bought one immediately so I could get a signed copy. He was very gracious to everyone and thanked people for coming out for the show. Chris is going to be around for a very long time.
Since I'd purchased tickets during the fan club pre-sale, I really expected that everyone in my section would be fan club members. As you mention, I didn't get the impression there were a lot of fan club people in my area. I guess I figured that if there were club members present, there would be some chatter about it, how and when they got their tickets, etc.
I drove from Nebraska for the show and I noticed a few other Nebraska license plates in the parking garage afterwards. Having passed on Sting's show in Ames four years ago, there was no way I was going to miss him when he was this close to home. I was determined that I was going to see him sometime on this tour!
People have asked how I would describe the concert and I've replied: excellent, professional, classy, perfect! For me the venue was perfect - people were enjoying themsevles and standing on their feet during the rocker numbers, swaying, dancing, singing and having a good time. But I was also glad that we sat down for much of the show also! It was a nice change from the obnoxious fan behavior one encounters at stadium shows. Maybe Sting just has a classier group of fans!
However, now that I've seen Sting, I realize that once is not enough! I'm sure this is the first of what will become many Sting concerts I attend.
(c) sumaree for Sting.com