Class performance from rock legend - rock star Sting helps his audience banish the winter blues at his concert in Aberdeen last night...
Outspoken rock legend Sting let his music do the talking in Aberdeen last night.
The former Police front man's arresting performance had the crowd at the city's exhibition and conference centre eating out of his hand.
Englishman in New York? Fortunately not - he was right here. Aberdeen had the honour of being the kick-off point for Sting's UK tour - and it will not be easily forgotten.
Hit upon hit from years at the top had the memories flooding back for the captivated, if sometimes subdued audience. He even brought two members of the crowd on stage to realise their dreams and sing alongside him.
His performance had sheer class stamped all over it, his distinctive vocals reaching out to everyone. The jazzed-up rendition of 'Roxanne' was particularly magnificent. Melody was again the hallmark - thanks largely to his accomplished five-man backing group, who were all given a chance to shine.
As you would expect from a genuinely great performer, he cam back and gave the audience the encore they were begging for.
Support act Paul Carrack had earlier been given a warm response but the crowd didn't really get into the swing of things until the man they had come to see hit the stage.
The lighting show was simple yet supremely effective - a bit like Sting in some ways. But as the masses flooded from the conference hall at the end of the performance, even the biting cold could not keep the smiles from their faces and the cheers were still ringing in their ears.
All in all, not a bad way to fight off the winter blues.
(c) Unknown newspaper by Ken Banks