Brand New Day
Montreux, CHStravinski Hall

No dull moments...

Since his split from The Police, in 1986, Sting, in spite of some lows in his discography, remains one of the most interesting representatives in British pop. His Montreux concert, on Sunday evening, demonstrated this superbly. In a performance of a little less than two hours with no dull moments, the singer showed the full range of his talent by varying the musical styles. Jazz, free jazz, pop, rock, country, latino - nothing is off limits to this artist whose voice is alternately affectionate, powerful, elegant.

Starting the performance gently with 'A Thousand Years' off his last album, 'Brand New Day', he quickly had the audience in his pocket when he played 'Mad About You'. Obviously happy on stage, he involved his six musicians fully. It is necessary to underline their excellence to the point that cannot resist naming them: Jason Rebello, Dominic Miller, Mark 'Kipper' Eldridge, Russ David Irwin, Chris Botti and Manu Katche.

The audience was easily involved in the country atmosphere of 'Fill Her Up', in the sheer force of 'Desert Rose', and greeted with thunderous applause tunes such as 'Moon Over Bourbon Street' and 'Englishman In New York'. There was a definite nostalgic shudder when, at 23.10, Sting attacked 'Roxanne'. It was almost midnight when the singer finally left the stage after shouting, ''You are very kind, goodnight!''.

Thank you Sting, and, yes, really, it is goodbye!

(c) Le Matin by Christophe Fovanne