The P0lice Vancouver & Seattle — continued…
The Wednesday night show in Seattle was the first time I had ever had the opportunity to compare the same rock show. I’ll have to admit that I was very excited to see The Police again but had a different type of energy going into this show. The first show was a nostalgic rush. The fact that Sting, Andy and Stewart were just on the stage jamming again was enough to make me smile, pay a few bucks to get in and pick up some retro style memorabilia. In fact I’m wearing the Vancouver Show Tour Kick off t-shirt right now. It is one of three that I now own, in addition to my wife’s t-shirt, silver pin and a few buttons…
The tickets that Bernie scored for the Seattle show were great. We sat in tier 1 right behind the floor audience in front of the stage. The quick snapshot I took of the stage (which I would not even call a photo) gives you an idea of where we were. You can see the blury mixing boards at the bottom. The Key Dome felt about half the size of GM Place in Vancouver. So even though we were on the back side of the auditorium, it was pretty close.
The show was the same set with mostly the same banter as the Vancouver show. I guess this is to make sure that everyone is coordinated. The visual seemed a little tighter on queue with the music and it seemed brighter, but that might have just been our seats. I felt that the music was louder, but just a crisp and clear. With technology these days there is no reason for a show to sound bad. And at this level there is really no excuse.
The crowd was really into the show. There seemed to be a few older and more comfortable dressed people. As soon as the lights went down the crowd stood up and started screaming like mad. It has been about 25 years so I think that people’s expectation was very high. They opened with “Message in a Bottle” and everyone sang along with all the words. The songs are very good for echo back sing alongs and Sting worked that angle to get people engaged as much as possible. For both shows I was delight to hear many songs off their first album (heavy on the punk). The fast tempo and screaming lyrics infected the crowd and got them dancing around. I stood for all but “Murder by Number” and either rocked out or let the music flow over me.
Having seen the first show I was much more a tune to the music and lyrics. I did notice a few flubs where Sting forgot the words or just let the crowd sing along. As I stated in my previous blog, the bass parts have been filled out quite a bit so maybe he was more focused on the playing than the singing.
They did two encore sets. For the first encore they came back on stage. And the crowd waited… Sting and Stewart kind of looked at each other. After a few sec Stewart said that he was waiting for Sting. To which Sting replied that
Andy Stewart needed to be up at the other drum set to start “King of Pain”. Everyone laughed as Stewart Andy switched seats. This seemed to remind everyone of the creative tension that made the band great to begin with.
Overall it was another great show. The crowd was into it, the band was a bit tighter and seemed to be having more fun. But if you knew the music cold you noticed little things but no enough of an issues to a general fan to balk.