07.05.2007 - 2007-07-05 CHICAGO, IL: Wrigley Field / The Police Rock Wrigley Field In Chicago...
The Police Rock Wrigley Field In Chicago...
|01||Message In A Bottle |
|01||Walking On The Moon |
|02||Demolition Man |
|03||Voices Inside My Head |
|04||When The World Is Running Down |
|05||Don't Stand So Close To Me |
|06||Driven To Tears |
|07||Hole In My Life |
|08||Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic |
|09||Wrapped Around Your Finger |
|10||De Do Do Do, De Da Da Da |
|11||Invisible Sun |
|12||Can't Stand Losing You |
|14||King Of Pain |
|15||So Lonely |
|16||Every Breath You Take |
|17||Next To You |
Billed as one of the biggest acts to hit the summer tour circuit, the newly reunited Police marked the first set of their two sold-out concerts at Wrigley Field on a beautifully warm Thursday night in Chicago.
After a 23-year hiatus from touring together, the notoriously tenuous re-alliance of singer Sting, guitarist Andy Summers, and drummer Stuart Copeland appeared ready to rock the 40,000 faithful fans, most of whom paid premium prices for what has been described in no uncertain terms as the "must-see" concert event of the summer.
In that respect, the show was definitely a success. Fans of the Police-one of the most seminal New Wave bands of all time-got to hear the vast majority of the hits that made the Police superstars in their 1977-84, five-album producing heyday. The problem was more the tempo of the show, which, while successfully nostalgic, failed to rev up the crowd in the typically frenetic fashion that made the Police famous in the first place.
Lead singer Sting, looking remarkably fit at age 55, still possessed a vigorously strong voice that meshed well with Copeland's percussions and Summers' rhythmic beats over the 100-minute long, 20-song show featuring almost all their classic hits, including 'King of Pain', 'Every Little Thing She Does is Magic', 'De Do Do Do, De Da Da Da', 'Walking on the Moon', 'Wrapped Around Your Finger', a stretched-out jam version of 'Roxanne' and the reggae-infused 'Don't Stand So Close To Me'.
Despite flashes of their past brilliance, the trio of rockers failed to achieve the kinetic energy of their younger, more turbulent years. And while Police fans undoubtedly were pleased by a reunion some 23 years in the making, many of those who shelled out big bucks in the hopes of being blown away by the reunion of one of the biggest rock bands ever, couldn't help walking away feeling a little bit Stung.
© AHM News by Julie Farby