Sting brings classic twist to hit songs

Posted by Jess Watt on July 24, 2010 11:21 AM

Gordon Sumner, better known as Sting, the former vocalist of The Police and now solo artist, played Toronto's Molson Canadian Amphitheatre last evening, bringing a new twist to his classic tunes. Having reunited with The 1970s/1980s new wave band The Police a few years ago, and hating it, Sting has returned to the concert circuit, this time with a bigger band, a 45 piece orchestra. But not just any orchestra, he's pulled out the stops and has alined himself with the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra, conducted by the flamboyant Steven Mercurio, out of London, England.

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Sting has put the classical touch on his own classics. You name it, he's singing it: Roxanne, Englishman in New York, Every Breath You Take, King of Pain, Message in the Bottle, Wrapped Around Your Finger, everything

The subdued greying crowd, all likely with an average age of 58, the same as Sting, sat back and took in the performance, as the tiny singer decked out in black, casually belted out the hits for close to three hours, including an age appropriate, intermission. Canada's national birds, er, pests, the Canadian geese seemed to enjoy the mellow atmosphere of the evening as they picked at the empty lawns of the amphitheatre. 

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Sting won't be winning over many new, younger fans with his take on his classics, but at least he's keeping his original fans happy and ageing ever so elequently with them. For me, kinda stuck in the middle of the age gap, born in 1977, the same year Roxanne came out, I'll stick with the classics in true form.

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Words & Photos by Jess Watt

Categories: Blog Entry , Music and Concerts