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Manchester Apollo, 16 March 2012
caught the Police live on their last UK tour I was looking forward to
watching Sting solo and wondering if he could do all the old hits with a
new band and make them work, and that he did...
Sting who was once named one of the coolest men in British rock music is
currently on his "Back To Bass" tour and tonight Manchester Apollo was a
full house, Sting and his 5 piece band were on top form and played a two
hour set drawing equally from both his solo work, and his back catalogue
with The Police.
new live arrangements of "Next To You," "Every Little Thing She Does Is
Magic" and "Every Breath You Take," and Sting and his band were nothing
short of amazing.
player Peter Tickell was on top form and played a couple of great solos,
and copied the soprano sax parts on songs like "Fortress Around Your
Heart" perfectly (with help from Jo Lawry on violin and backing vocals).
father-son guitar duo of Dominic and Rufus Miller along with supremo
drummer Vinnie Colaiuta (a veteran of Jeff Beck's band), who had Stewart
Copeland's drumming on Police songs down to a tee.
To me Sting
does not get the credit he deserves both as a singer-songwriter and
performer, the man has a back catalogue to die for and tonight he was
showing no signs of his age on vocals, the fit-looking 60-year-old
hitting all the high notes pitch perfect.
had come to here all the hits and that's just what they got.
Coming out of the venue I overheard two female punters agreeing that
Sting though 60 was still a sex symbol and better than all the so called
crap in the charts today...praise indeed for the man who was once
painted head to foot by a tribe from the rainforest.
photos by Steve Goudie
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