''Wrapped Around His Finger...'' reports the Journal Pioneer of Sting's Prince Edward Island show...

June 25, 2013

Wrapped Around His Finger...

Sting made more than a few dreams come true Monday night.

Several people waiting to get into the show at Credit Union Place said that seeing him live in concert was on their "bucket list" of things to do before they die.

"His voice is just so pitch perfect," said Josée Ouellon, of Moncton.

"And of course the music from The Police is good too. It's classic. It's never going to grow old on me," she said.

Margaret Parsons, of Halifax, has also waited a lifetime to see Sting - though she never imagined she'd be doing it in Summerside, P.E.I.

"It should have been 'Sting in Tuscany' but you know, Summerside (will do)," laughed Parsons.

"When I saw it in the newspaper I didn't believe it. I had to go and check online. I mean 'Sting in Summerside,'" she said.

But once she got here, she found the atmosphere much more relaxed than it would have been in Halifax, she said.

"There would have been rushes of people going in," she said.

There were indeed precious few empty seats in the house in Eastlink Arena as the 61-year-old British rocker took to the stage at 8 p.m. sharp and immediately brought the house down.

For more than two hours the former frontman and bassist for The Police played non-stop; belting out his timeless hits that range in sound from pop and rock to reggae with a bit of blues and jazz thrown in for good measure.

"I'm a virgin on Prince Edward Island. I'm thrilled to be here, we all are," said the man who was born Gordon Sumner.

He had very little chitchat with the audience, though they hardly seemed to mind - more time for the performance and more time to dance.

And dance they did. In their seats, in the aisle and everywhere else they could find bit of open space to sway to the beat.

It was well worth the hassle of getting here for Brian Robichaud of Halifax.

He was visiting the Island with his family in North River and caught a ride to Summerside for the show - but getting back to North River at the end of the night was another matter.

So, in true rock concert fashion, he drew up a sign asking for a ride and stood by the door until someone offered him a seat.

A small inconvenience for the chance to see one of the great musicians of our times, said Robichaud.

"This opportunity is not going to come around again locally," he said.

"Sting . . . some of the music he's producing now is probably some of the best music that you could expect to hear."

Sting just has that combination of old school rock and pop sound that resonates with audiences mixed with a great songwriter who writes what he wants and not what others tell him to, added Robichaud.

"Guys like Sting - you're probably not going to see many more of these guys."

(c) Journal Pioneer by Colin MacLean
posted by mrsdiablopratt
Made the trip from Dartmouth, NS to see
It was the first time my husband and I have gotten to see Sting in concert. It was a wonderful experience, the energy in the venue was through the roof. Plus the added bonus of hearing my three favourite songs of Sting's performed live was such a treat. I am overwhelmed with gratitude that Sting and company decided to make Summerside, PEI one of their tour stops. Thanks for a wonderful evening!!!
posted by jeffreyscottjenkins
Jeff Jenkins Prince Edward Island
Hope the band and crew had a chance to explore the Island. Great concert...I could have listened to Sting's band all night...
posted by rrichard
Prince Edward Island
The show was great ,Wouldn,t have missed it for the world.The band was great and so was Sting .And thanks to Dominic for the pick .Keep on doing what you do thanks Robert.
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"Highlights were many. This review would never end if all were mentioned. But the reggae groove of 'Englishman in New York' and the group sing-along of its "whoa-oh" chorus was sublime... and loud: I bet the windows rattled at the Seaport Hotel down the street. A bone-crunching 'Demolition Man' followed by the gorgeous, quiet 'Fields of Gold', with lovely fingerpicked guitar by Miller, was a fine loud/soft mix. Tickell's violin solo on the jazzy 'Driven to Tears' was sensational and the funky 'Heavy Cloud No Rain' got everyone up and shaking their fannies. 'Message in a Bottle' was a euphoric rocker followed by the delicate, melodic 'Shape of My Heart', easily the best one-two punch of the night. And the dancing bear mascots wearing Bruins jerseys during second encore 'Next To You' got folks giggling and clapping. He dedicated the night-closing 'Fragile' to those who lost their lives in the Marathon bombing, and it was a terrific way to end a terrific show..."