Superfly From Thailand, joined May 2000, 39408 posts, RR: 76 Posted (6 years 5 months 3 weeks 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 1139 times:
Well after 24 years, I finally got to see The Police live in concert. I think the show was pretty good but still have mixed feelings. I am glad that the show was 100% live!
Meaning there were no pre-recorded overdubs/sycronized tracks and no back up musicians. The let down was that many of the songs sounded incomplete. Parts where you're expecting to hear the piano part, synthesizer or horn section was not there. Andy Summers did a great job augmenting those parts and trying to get those sounds out of his guitar.
I was impressed with the set list. There were some songs I didn't expect to hear but they played them and did it pretty well. The critics seemed to be unimpressed with the concert but they don't know what they're talking about.
The 46,500 seats concert sold out in less than an hour back when they went on sale. Ticket prices ranged from $50-$220.
I managed to score a ticket for $30 that had a face value of $90 just an hour before the show.
IFEMaster From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 3, posted (6 years 5 months 3 weeks 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 1101 times:
What disappoints me about this reunion tour is the lack of new material. All it is is a just a walk down memory lane by three aging rockers. I'm all for playing the classics and hearing the major hits live, but when you've got three musicians all as talented as these three, you'd think they could do something new.
Superfly From Thailand, joined May 2000, 39408 posts, RR: 76 Reply 4, posted (6 years 5 months 3 weeks 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 1089 times:
Quoting IFEMaster (Reply 3): What disappoints me about this reunion tour is the lack of new material. All it is is a just a walk down memory lane by three aging rockers. I'm all for playing the classics and hearing the major hits live, but when you've got three musicians all as talented as these three, you'd think they could do something new.
Nah I am glad there is no new material.
Since they broke up, it was difficult to get these three to even stand in the same room together. Not sure if they could put together a new album that sounds good. Plus the new material would cut in to time they could play the old stuff. It's the old stuff that people were paying big $$$ to see and hear anyway.
I am not critical of older bands as I should be I guess. I had no idea that Andy Summers is 64 years old!
Sting and Stewart Copeland are 56. I can't expect these guys to perform as well as they did in 1981.
I wasn't sure if it was there age or the fact that it was a Wednesday night. Everyone in the stadium including the band seemed kind of tired and thinking about having to get up for work the next day.
If any thing, this concert was more like going to 'pay my respect' for the group. I doubt they'll ever tour again so I can this off as one of the the things in life I've always wanted to do.
These critics in the press are full of it. They put simpleton bands like U2, Bruce Springsteen and Rolling Stones on a pedestal yet knock The Police. The Police material is very elaborate and you can't expect a band to keep that sort of creativity and pull it off live forever. U2, Bruce Springsteen and Rolling Stones can go forever with there simple tunes because there music is rather easy to play and not complex.
IFEMaster From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 5, posted (6 years 5 months 3 weeks 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 1080 times:
U2 simple? Come on Larry, take a listen to all the layering and dissonant background arrangement present on every album since Achtung Baby. Most of U2's material is anything but simple.
The Stones and Springsteen I'll agree. They are both more about the catchy melody and guitar riff hook. But then the Stones are pretty awesome...been going as long as they have and still churning out good new music and performing like they were 20.
Kay From France, joined Mar 2002, 1884 posts, RR: 3 Reply 7, posted (6 years 5 months 3 weeks 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 1073 times:
Well I bought a ticklet for 93Euros to watch these fellas here this September. I hope they pull out a good show!!! What do you mean 3 musicians, aren't they surrounded with a group of musicians???
I watched Sting in concert in 2000. The sound, instruments, and the whole concert were great, very professional, and extremely pleasurable. But it was Sting and not the Police. Some young guys playing drums/guitars/etc. That concert was the reason why I purchased this ticket. Always wanted to hear them play their old stuff themselves. But only three musicians? Was it always like this in the 80's?
Superfly From Thailand, joined May 2000, 39408 posts, RR: 76 Reply 9, posted (6 years 5 months 3 weeks 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 1068 times:
Quoting Kay (Reply 7): But only three musicians? Was it always like this in the 80's?
The Police consist of Sting, Andy Summers and Stewart Copland.
It will be a three man show. Not necessarily a bad thing either because it's 100% live. On the records, that was the three of them doing overdubs on piano, synthesizer. The horns were guest musicians that recorded on the record.
Sting however has a full band when he goes on solo tours.
The three of them are great musicians but some critics expect all rock stars to be juvenile/angry simpletons.
I am sure Mck Jaggar, Keith Richards, Coca-Cola, Nike and Toyota is glad to hear you say that.
I'm glad they are sticking to old guns and not pulling out a bunch of new material. Coming out of "retirement" or a "break up" and then just showcasing "new music" doesn't work and irks off the fans.
Fleetwood Mac did it the right way in 1997. Get back together, go on tour, play your hits and introduce one new song from each of your three songwriters, test the waters on how that goes over ... *then* do a new album and then hit the road again with your new material ... and the old hits that everyone wants to hear.
Quoting F9Widebody (Reply 1): I heard from some people in Denver that the concert was really not that great
I've read a couple of critiques from Denver critics before. I saw Stevie Nicks at Red Rocks. One critic trashed her show and it was evident he wasn't even there as he mentioned 2 songs she didn't even perform. Another one bashed the show because she performed music from the 1980's. Um, hello. He also trashed the Rolling Stones for playing "old songs," too, but my oh my how he loved Britney Spears for performing new and innovate material.
Eternal darkness we all should dread. It's hard to party when you're dead.
Superfly From Thailand, joined May 2000, 39408 posts, RR: 76 Reply 11, posted (6 years 5 months 3 weeks 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 1057 times:
Quoting STLGph (Reply 10): Another one bashed the show because she performed music from the 1980's. Um, hello. He also trashed the Rolling Stones for playing "old songs," too, but my oh my how he loved Britney Spears for performing new and innovate material.
Count on STLGph to tell it like it is!
Ususally the new songs is when you go take a piss or buy more beer.
My piss songs were 'Dont Stand So Close To Me' and 'Da Do Do Do Da Da Da Da'.
I was never crazy about those two songs. They didn't come off well in concert either.
Superfly From Thailand, joined May 2000, 39408 posts, RR: 76 Reply 13, posted (6 years 5 months 3 weeks 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 1038 times:
Quoting Cfalk (Reply 12): I have live recording of the Police on my iPod from 1979 or so, and they rocked.
Damn, I'd love to get my hands on some live Police from that era.
Quoting Cfalk (Reply 12): I guess it comes back to the old truism that the best bands are hungry bands.
Quoting Cfalk (Reply 12): The live recording from their Syncronicity tour a few years later was nowhere as good.
Glad to hear.
That was the show I was supposed to see The Police with my older sister and her friends a Chicago's Soldier Feild. They had an extra ticket and I would have been the 10 year old brother tagging along but sold the ticket hours before the show. She called herself making it up to me by taking me to see Denise Williams a few months later. Remember the song 'Lets Hear It For The Boys' from the Footloose soundtrack?
Talk about getting the raw end of a deal!
BHMBAGLOCK From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 2698 posts, RR: 5 Reply 16, posted (6 years 5 months 3 weeks 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 1030 times:
I saw the Police back in 82 (maybe late 81) and they weren't the greatest concert band back then either. Joan Jett was the warm up and we almost came late to avoid her because the "I love rock and roll" song had been so beaten death on the radio at the time that we really weren't enthused about her.
In reality, JJ and the Blackhearts played a bunch of old Runaways stuff and were absolutely amazing. The Police were a bit of a let down. It's rare for the warm up to outshine the main band but this was definitely the case here.
Of course, later that year I saw Santana and still haven't found anybody who can quite beat them for a live show.
Superfly From Thailand, joined May 2000, 39408 posts, RR: 76 Reply 20, posted (6 years 5 months 3 weeks 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 996 times:
Quoting Cfalk (Reply 18): I saw her open for ZZ Top on their Eliminator tour in Houston. I felt sorry for her - she was trying real hard but she almost got booed off the stage.
Talk about a bad concert pairing.
Quoting STLGph (Reply 15): What I found most interesting about the reviewer, is that his e-mail address nor phone number works. I was going to give him a bit of a phone call and tell him he's just plain ole shitty at his job.
I wrote in to a lame ass critic at a Kansas City paper that slammed Gino Vannelli. They liked my hate letter so much that it was published and mailed me several issues.
Quoting CastleIsland (Reply 19): String together 30 digital delay units and there you have it. If anything, the sound engineer is the mind behind their sound...
Superfly From Thailand, joined May 2000, 39408 posts, RR: 76 Reply 24, posted (6 years 5 months 3 weeks 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 954 times:
Quoting IFEMaster (Reply 22): Actually Edge comes up with those sounds himself. But I was really referring to some of the string arrangements and synth sounds that are present. Either way, it's far from simple.
The Edge is a great guitar player. Actually three of the members of U2 are great. It's just that awful, whinny, obnoxious, drama queen, lead vocalist (Bono) that kills it for me. If they could just get come out with an instrumental album that would be great!
Quoting Bwest (Reply 23): I saw Sting last year live at Werchter Classic, and he rocked! Such an amazing performer, he really captures the audience.
I wonder if the tensions in the band is still there and the reason for such a lackluster show. I've seen how great Sting can be in concert.
Kay From France, joined Mar 2002, 1884 posts, RR: 3 Reply 25, posted (6 years 5 months 3 weeks 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 941 times:
Regarding U2 there is only one man behind their sound. he uses simple equipment but the sounds he makes are fantastic, like a simple riff in the song "the fly", how can u make such a simple riff so pleasurable to listen to? tried sooo hard on my own guitar, to no avail. this man is called the Edge