Review Of Sting At Mohegan Sun...
However much his appeal is rooted in music that ranges from one to three decades
old, Sting has avoided turning his repertoire into a nostalgia act. His latest
tour with the support of the 45-piece Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra puts
a pleasant spin on his solo and Police material. Its stop at Mohegan Sun Arena
in Uncasville on Tuesday night exhibited the 58-year-old Englishman's knack for
making the familiar seem special once more.
One gesture illustrated the confluence of the formal and casual; Sting began the
performance by slapped conductor Steven Mercurio a high-five before laying his
tuneful bark atop 'If I Ever Lose My Faith In You'. Arrangements ranged between
rock- and classical-leaning moments; 'Englishman in New York' was powered by
Sting's four-piece core band and accented by plucked string instruments, while a
gentle, string-loaded conception of 'Roxanne' reimagined the old Police number
in lush terms while Sting picked at a mini acoustic guitar.
The fluttery 'Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic' rang true to memory.
Orchestral treatment spruced up even the hoariest of material, adding drama (and
an appropriate taste of Mussorgsky) to the sway of the 25-year-old political
There were times when the formula seemed pretentious, as when the down-home
tale-spinning of 'I Hung My Head' rolled out in stately fashion. The occasions
when the show's elements all came into one focus were enthralling, among them a
supple, spacious delivery of 'Why Should I Cry For You?' gilded by the soft
electric guitar of Dominic Miller. Traces of cello and violin were plentiful
accompaniment to Sting and vocalist Jo Lawry for the stark 'You Will be my Ain
A deliberate, arch performance of 'Moon Over Bourbon Street' gave a hearty
embrace to melodrama, including a brief theremin interlude from Sting. Most of
the twists were not so gimmicky; 'All Would Envy' was a charming bossa nova, and
'Mad About You' ascended into robust territory as Sting yelped its lyrics with
brio. When stout rock was called for, the orchestra leapt in, whether sawing
speedily across the Police punk by-product 'Next To You' or kick-starting the
accelerated latter portions of 'King of Pain'.
Following a finish of 'Every Breath You Take', Sting returned for four encore
tunes, 'Desert Rose', 'She's Too Good For Me', 'Fragile' and 'I Was Brought To
(c) The Hartford Courant by Thomas Kintner