In case you were wondering, Sting's still got it...
A younger generation might know Sting as the British rocker behind Police hits like 'Roxanne' and the man behind vaguely-remembered '90s singles like 'Desert Rose'.
And indeed, it was an older crowd that packed the house at Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa in Atlantic City, New Jersey Saturday night as part of his summer-long tour. But just one song into his set, and it was more than clear why Sting is a music legend who is still selling out shows across the world and remains worthy of respect and awe by fans of all ages. At age 60, he's still got it.
Rumored by his die-hard fans to be his best band yet, Sting was backed by a multi-talented group of musicians, including insanely gifted violinist Peter Tickell who, dare we say, stole the show at times.
There was no opening act, just a two-hour set played entirely by Sting and his band, and it didn't take long to see that it wouldn't have been easy, if not impossible, to properly set the stage for the music icon anyway.
The 2,400-seat venue was sold out for between $96 and $196 a ticket and fans were treated to more than 20 songs, including classics that were covered by Johnny Cash and Toby Keith like 'Hung My Head' and 'I'm So Happy'.
Between songs, Sting often mentioned his love for country music, even though he said he looks "stupid in a cowboy hat." A proponent of tantric sex, the singer has been quoted describing his own hours-long sexual escapades, and it wouldn't have been a proper Sting performance without him mentioning sex at least once - and he did, but only to say he doesn't understand why sex and religion are often separate, when the two are very clearly connected.
Sting, who appeared noticeably fit and youthful (must be all that tantric sex), also cracked up the crowd when describing his childhood in an industrial part of New Castle, England and how it inspired him to get in touch with nature later in life.
"I didn't see a tree till I was 15, so when I made a bit of money, I decided I would buy a little house in the country," he said. "Well, it was really more of a castle really."
At the end of the set, Sting thanked his fans for their raucous cheers and standing ovations in the form of two encores, a surprise treat he's been known to offer fans in past concerts.
Sting's next U.S. show is tomorrow, June 12, at Artpark in Lewiston, NY. Tickets are still on sale here. After that, he's globetrotting for the rest of the summer from Canada to Russia to show the world that he's clearly in his prime.
(c) Metro.us by Cassandra Garrison
Sting at the Borgata Event Center...
It was a night of classic Sting & the Police hits and some deep album tracks and the capacity crowd at the Borgata Event Center loved every minute of it.
Sting really made a love connection with the faithful who answered back to every call and response and sung along to a point where he commented that they were in 'very good voice tonight.' In other words, Sting was having fun in Atlantic City and it showed.
The set list reflect Sting's musical diversity, even commenting that Johnny Cash recording one of his songs. Sting talked about enjoying country music but said the fans do not buy him as a country artist as he's not Southern. In fact, Sting is not even from the Southern part of England.
(c) NJ.com by Marc Berman
Sting in concert at Borgata Casino, Hotel, & Spa in Atlantic City...
Sting, early in his career had the ability to make young women break into tears of joy and hands to face screams, (including my daughters) when they saw him with the Police or as a solo performer. Saturday night, June 9, 2012, Sting spritely walked on stage in the Event Center at Borgata Casino, Hotel and Spa. Wearing a light grey t-shirt with short cropped hair, Sting once again had the women in the audience yelling his name and waving at him even before he sang the first note of 'All This Time'.
When he struck the first notes of the second tune of the evening, the well known Police hit 'Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic', The screams of his fans (primarily female) filled the room seemed louder as many of them jumped to their feet and danced at their seats, hands in air and singing the words. The sixteen song set included his country-inspired song of 'I Hung My Head'.
When the encore came around, fans jumped to their feet to sing and dance to 'Desert Rose', 'King of Pain', and 'Every Breath You Take'. Sting, after all these years fills a room with loyal fans who love the warmth and sound of their musical icon.
(c) Examiner.com by Donald Kravitz