Broken Music

New York City, NY, US
Irving Plazawith Fiction Plane
Sting wowed a packed house...

Sting wowed a packed house with repertoire stretching back to Police albums we still can't pronounce at intimate Irving Plaza. Taking the stage in a smart navy pinstriped suit with a light blue shirt unbuttoned to the navel, his look was very ''Dune'' meets GQ. We're not complaining.

Claiming rhe venue was hotter than the rainforest - a place he knows something about - Sting ripped through his encores sans jacket with shirt ripped open wide. Which proves that whether it's the yogic headstands, hours-on-end sex or picture of wife Trudie Styler in the attic, the man is doing something right.

He did both Sandra Bullock and Grace Jones proud with a killer rendition of 'Demolition Man', slowed down 'Invisible Sun' until it was pitch perfect for tantric f***ing and introduced 'Spirits In The Material World' with a friendly jab at his pal Madonna.

There was even a Beatles cover. We only wish there were more days in the life with Sting. One complaint: the crowded VIP balcony. Wedged between wife Trudie Styler and David Bowie, I had to move.

It was impossible to maintain focus on the stage. And Mr Bowie didn't take kindly to enquiries about his wife. ''Yes, we know she's not here,'' says I, ''But where is she?'' Sting, we love you, but we'd be taxi bound in a heartbeat to chase down lovely and legendary Iman.


Sting Caps Tour With New York Club Show...

Sting wrapped his Broken Music tour Saturday (May 14) with a private show at New York's Irving Plaza, which, as previously reported, was filmed for DVD release later this year by director Lance Bangs.

In line with the set lists from throughout the tour, Sting dusted off nearly a dozen Police songs, including 'Demolition Man', 'Spirits in the Material World', 'Invisible Sun', 'Driven To Tears' and 'Next To You', the latter of which was performed Friday on CBS' The Late Show With David Letterman.

The show also featured 'The End of the Game', which appeared on an import version of the 1999 album 'Brand New Day', as well as a cover of the Beatles' 'A Day in the Life'. During the former, a female fan was brought onstage to help sing but had trouble reading the lyrics off a Teleprompter. It's like Thursday night at the Apollo, Sting joked afterward.

The event was also notable for one of its exclusions, marking what is believed to be Sting's first show in decades to not feature the Police's 'Every Breath You Take'.

U.K. rock act Fiction Plane, led by Sting's son Joe Sumner, opened the evening with a high-energy set featuring tunes from its upcoming EP, 'Bitter Forces' and 'Lame Race Horses', plus three tunes from its 2003 MCA debut, 'Everything Will Never Be OK'.

Afterward, Sting and Fiction Plane celebrated the tour's conclusion well into the wee hours at New York club Bungalow 8, along with such well-wishers as David Bowie, actor/director Penny Marshall, Today anchor Katie Couric and B-52's vocalist Fred Schneider.

Here is Sting's May 14 set list:

Message in a Bottle, Demolition Man, Spirits in the Material World, Synchronicity II, I Hung My Head, If I Ever Lose My Faith in You, The End of the Game, Driven To Tears, Heavy Cloud No Rain, Invisible Sun, Why Should I Cry for You?, Fields of Gold, A Day in the Life, King of Pain, Voices Inside My Head/When the World Is Running Down, You Make the Best of What's Still Around, Roxanne, Next To You, Lithium Sunset

(c) Billboard by Jonathan Cohen