Now that has to be the best phonecall I've recieved in a long time *HUGE BEAMING GRIN*
the question "Do you want a ticket to see Sting? I've got one here waiting if you want it..."
well... It could only be met with an ear piercing shriek of joy and disbelief as I raced to grab a coat.
Now this concert was originally scheduled for May but got put back for various reasons - I know this because it was supposed to be the night after I went to see Incubus, I was planning a double header for my birthday - till I found out Sting had sold out within about 3 days of it going on sale.
So to have my lovely wonderful saint of a housemate (ok, he may be a filthy beast - but I love him because he's a filthy beast who is also incredibly thoughtful and generous) ring me up and tell me that he has a ticket from one of the touts by his coffee stand - well! It certainly beat any plan I had of browsing blogs and struggling with fireworks mx.
Oh... and it was not just any seat either!
He had managed to procure for me one of the closest seats to the stage its possible to get that isn't in the stalls.
Yes, so what if I was looking at the left hand side of Stings face the whole time - I was in PRIME
viewing position for
- Keith Carlock on drums (August '03 Modern Drummer cover guy)
- Rhani Krija on percussion
- Kipper on keyboards
and the 2 AMAZING
backing vocalists (both solo artists in their own rights)
- Joy Rose from Birmingham (and yes she has the power and control of Aretha matched with the delicacy and precision of Alicia Keyes as shown in her blistering duet with the man himself)
- Donna Gardier, a woman whose vocal talants make me want to just curl up, die and apologise for ever imagining I could sing. Serious.
The sound was just awesome, the technicians deserve the biggest round of applause though - never have I been to a gig that sounded so perfect
(and coming from me that is HIGH
praise, c'mon I've worked at a music venue for around 6-7 years, studied music on and off for 4 years, toured the pubs and clubs as part of a 'duo' as well as put on my own showcase nights for bands I know)
I should also mention the 2 guys I couldn't see quite as well:
- Dominic Miller on guitar - has played with Sting on every album and tour since 1991
- Jason Rebello - Piano & Keyboards, and yes the guy is an ivory god.
I walked, well ran, out to the taxi - completely forgetting my cashcard in the rush (so once again thankyou sean for not only paying for my cab but for thrusting a tenner in my hand as you pushed me towards the stairs with ticket brandished excitedly before me.)
I got into the venue to the sounds of 'Hounds of winter' one of my favourite Sting tracks.
Now before I give you the wrong impression (assuming it's not already too late for that) I am not a flag waving t-shirt wearing, sting fan/ groupie - I can barely name 3 albums and half the tunes I know I don't know what they are officially titled, but one thing is for sure - I have never
heard a Sting song I've disliked. EVER.
I am incredibly awed by the man, I believe he is undeniably
incredibly talanted - but to charge £10 for a program? That is a bit much, eh?!
Anyway, there I was, hounds of winter following me down to my seat (Block 117 row T seat 2) and just instantly caught up in the spell being woven over the entire audience by this array of talant on the stage before us. Everyone sang along to the old favourites ('every little thing she does is magic' and 'every beath you take' to name but 2) It was amusing during some of the slower numbers when the solo spots were out to see this wave of camera phones being pointed in the direction of the stage from every angle - I was especially pleased to see that both Sting and Dominic Miller took the time to stand in a pose long enough for those brave enough to walk up to the front of the stage could get a decent pic. Now THATS a true artist who cares about his audience (or alternatively just likes posing, your call)
Basically - I was left with a Happy happy joy joy bounce
kind of feeling (which is what I'm blaming the purchase of a £10 program on - robbing gets!)
I'd definitely go again. This time I'd get there earlier though lol