Fiction Plane opened for The Police, and did a nice job of it. They even said Singapore was way more fun than Australia for them. Surely it's a lie, but it was well-received all the same.
The Police opened their show with one of my all time favorite songs, "Message in a Bottle." They followed with "Synchronicity II," and then got the crowd singing with them on "Walking on the Moon." The crowd never stopped singing from that point on. In fact, Sting alternated lines with us for one verse of "Wrapped Around Your Finger," a number on which Stewart Copeland really wowed us with his percussion work. He had a great set up, and showed what a great showman he is on that piece.
The best numbers of the night, I thought, were probably "Every Little Thing She Does is Magic" and "Roxanne." "Roxanne" has always been a crowd favorite at Police concerts, and at Sting's solo concerts too. The current world tour is meant to be in celebration of the 30th anniversary of the song's release. It's the song that marked the band's entrance into the music scene in the US, and it's a piece Sting really performs well. The man knows how to work and audience, and that song is just perfect for live performance.
Other songs performed included "Don't Stand so Close to Me," "Driven to Tears," "Fall Out," "Next to You," "So Lonely," "Voices Inside My Head," "Can't Stand Losing You," "De Do Do Do, De Da Da Da," "Reggatta De Blanc," "Invisible Sun," "Every Breath You Take," and "King of Pain." The fusion of jazz, punk rock, and reggae is a mixture that just works, no less so after all these years. If anything, it's just gotten better with time.
It was a great night, taking me back to the days of my youth. The trio are three of the best showmen around, and nothing beats a live performance.
The Police's reunion tour has grossed huge sums of money to date, and will draw in a lot more before it's all over with. I was disappointed to see on Sting's website that this tour doesn't necessarily represent a reunion of the band for the future (sadly, he refers to it more as a way to gain closure). The show last night was fantastic, and it would be great if this tour signaled more Police songs to come. But apparently it doesn't.
Read Colin Fletcher's The Man Who Walked Through Time and join us for the book club discussion in mid-February
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