Soul Cages
Whitley Bay, GBIce Rink
With John O'Kane, Vinx

King Sting still the tops...

Geordie pop star Sting returned to his roots to give a stunning concert.

Dressed in a canary yellow and black waistcoat, the Wallsend born singer delighted fans old and new with a mixture of recent hits and old Police favourites.

The superstar was clearly enjoying himself as he rocked his way through a succesion of his solo recordings including 'Fortress Around Your Heart' and 'If You Love Somebody Set Them Free'.

But he waited until the end of the show to give the audience what they had really come to hear - Police hits.

Classics like 'Walking On The Moon', 'Every Breath You Take' and 'Message In A Bottle', were greeted with deafening applause by the thousands of fans.

The loudest cheer of the night however was not for Sting but in memory of fellow rock idol Freddie Mercury, who died from Aids at the weekend.

''This one is for Freddie, '' said Sting as he launched into his final song, 'Shadows In The Rain'.

(c) Newcastle Evening Chronicle by Mary Askew

Superstar Sting returns to his roots...

Thousands of cheering fans gave a rousing reception to Tyneside rock idol Sting as he returned to his roots last night.

Teenagers joined lock established fans at Whitley Bay Ice Rink last night as the prodigal son produced a polished performance covering the old and the new.

Backed by a talented three piece band the music ranged from the jazz influences of 'Soul Cages' to Police classics such as 'Roxanne'.

Wallsends' favourite son belied his 40 years as he powered through tracks such as 'Mad About You' and 'Why Should I Cry For You?'.

Despite paying £15 for the star's second visit to the region in six months dedicated fans knew they were getting value for money. Ruth Hedley, 15, of Links Avenue, Whitley Bay said ''This is the fourth time I have seen him and he just keeps getting better''.

(c) Newcastle Journal by Andrew Smith