My Halloween with The Police

November 1, 2007 at 2:22 pm | Posted in Blast from the Past, Music, Outings | Leave a comment

Alot can change in two days. If you looked at this post, then you know what I am referring to. Thanks to craigslist, I was able to find good tickets under $100 that did not involve sitting in the nosebleed seats and/or behind the stage. I got these tickets on Tuesday so it shows that if you wait long enough, there will be someone who will sell these tickets for way under face price. You just need to be very patient.

My friend, Shay, told me that The Police would be in New York again. I didn’t get to see them in August so I did not want to miss out on them again. We talked about how cool it would be to go, she already saw them in August so this would be like icing on the cake for her. You must be wondering, who is Shay? She moved to New York recently, and I met her with Bill in the Hamptons house one summer weekend in July. Bill and I bumped into Shay and her brother at a Shabbat dinner right before Rosh Hashanah and we amused each other endlessly during the main lecture.

Shay and I start off with a relaxing dinner at Mendy’s on 34th St. Since we decided that we had no interest in seeing the opening act, that meant we could have a nice relaxing dinner. We get to Madison Square Garden around 8:45. On our way, Shay is telling me how she saw Shaquille O’Neal at the Walgreens in her hometown and how he is the nicest guy ever. One of the cops by MSG overhears us and he says “Wait, I’m the nicest guy ever” or something like that. Only in New York…..

Our seats were awesome, we were in the third tier level, 5 rows from the front of that section, and we had a very nice view of the front of the stage. I did not appreciate the person in our row that was smoking weed. I can understand people smoking weed during a Grateful Dead show, Phish, or Dave Matthew Band, but The Police, not so much.  The Police started their set a little after 9:00 with Message In A Bottle and they proceeded to play for 2 hours straight. They were dressed for Halloween and I hope I can find a video of them on YouTube later today. Words would not do their costumes justice.

The band was in top form last night, Sting and Andy Summers were walking around the stage during a few songs, Sting kept having the audience sing his “e-yos” during some of the bigger songs. There were some incredible guitar solos, and Stewart Copland was amazing behind the drums. He came out on stage and banged the huge gong behind the drum set; he also played some of the cymbals and other assorted drum-like instruments.  The only thing I didn’t like is in the middle of “Roxanne” when Sting did his extended sing along thing, Roxanne is better as a shorter song. But that is one thing among many and you bet I would love to see them again in concert. I saw Sting twice in concert and I enjoy him more when he is with The Police.

I did not think they would ever perform together on stage, I am very glad that they resolved whatever differences they had and started touring again. They can teach some of those younger bands how to put on a show.

I was very happy with their song set, they played more of their earlier stuff than I thought they would. Their earlier stuff has more of a rock edge than their later songs and the lyrics are pretty funny too. I took the liberty of writing their set down (thank g-d for cell phones) and if you are curious, here it is:

Message In A Bottle, Synchronicity II, Walking on The Moon, When The World Is Running Round….,Don’t Stand So Close To Me, Driven To Tears, Hole in My Life (?), Truth Hurts Everybody (?), Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic, Wrapped Around Your Finger, De Do Do Do De Da Da Da, Invisible Sun, Walking In Your Footsteps, Can’t Stand Losing You, Roxanne; encore featured King Of Pain, So Lonely, Every Breath You Take, and to finish off things, Next To You.


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