Police Reunion
London, GBTwickenham Stadium
With Fiction Plane, Maximo Park

The Police at Twickenham...

Flanked by huge lighting walls and screens, the power-trio were nonetheless the focus for the 50,000-plus gathered throughout their 19-song, 110-minute set.

While more would've indeed been more, perhaps that would've been greedy, though Sting (in good humour) and Stewart Copeland looked more than up for their rhythmic marathon. Kicking off with 'Message In A Bottle' set rhings up for a singalong session only occasionally blighted by the corporate set, who insist on preferring to hear their own voices to those on stage.

Still, there was the whirring colour backdrop of 'Synchronicity' to divert the attention and a string of classics, from 'Walking On The Moon' to 'Don't Stand So Close To Me', 'Driven To Tears', 'Every Little Thing' and 'Wrapped Around Your Finger'.

Sting and Andy Summers kept each other guessing in places while Copeland fuelled their guitar duels, as on the crescendo of 'Can't Stand Losing You' and the stunning 'Roxanne'. Encores included 'So Lonely' and 'Every Breath You Take', leading to a cranked-up finale that reminded us of the power of the trio.

(c) Record Collector by Tim Jones