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The Police Reunion Tour, Mannheim


Despite cultivating the look of a hoary old sea-dog (perma-tan, salt and pepper beard, piercing blue eyes), Sting remains a very good advert for yoga and graceful aging. Not many 56-year-olds can wear a tight T-shirt and look that good. Oh, and he can still sing. 

Sting and his Police cohorts, Andy Summers and Stewart Copeland, gave a great concert last night. Their music (damningly described by one friend of mine as “all those slow dances”) doesn’t always rock everyone onto their feet, but they are all such superb musicians and the songs off their five albums are so strong, that the Mannheim audience were happy to sit, sway and let Sting’s voice wraith around them. 

Did I mention the piercing blue eyes?

A couple of songs did get me dancing: Message in a Bottle, Walking on the Moon, Roxanne and Lonely. But it was fabulous to hear other anthems of my teenage years like Wrapped Around your Finger, Every Little Thing She Does is Magic, Don’t Stand So Close to Me and De Do Do Do, De Da Da Da. There is something about the purity of just three musicians – two guitarists and a drummer – on stage giving their all in their last-ever tour (The Police will play their final concert in New York in May) that gave the concert an added dimension. Compared to many contemporary bands that need backing singers, dancers, additional instruments and distracting videos on the screens in order give good concert, their show is simple, straightforward and dedicated to the music. Also, Sting is a great lyricist and is not scared of words with more than two syllables.

Someone in the crowd behind me described it as “minimalistich, aber supergeil” which pretty much sums it up. It’s minimalist in that they do nothing else but play great songs for one and a half hours, but supergeil (a word I struggle to translate into English – my inadequate offering is “mega-hot”) because (a) it’s the Police, (b) that’s Sting, right there on stage in front of you, (c) the music does remind you of a hundred teenage slow dances, (d) the songs are fabulous, and (e) my God, that really is Sting, isn’t it?

It was supergeil! And Sting really does have lovely blue eyes.



Author: charlotteotter

Novelist, feminist, crime writer

7 thoughts on “The Police Reunion Tour, Mannheim

  1. Mmm…Sting. Yes, I have a thing for him too. I went to a Police concert waaaay back in the 80’s in Vancouver and they were fantastic. Glad you had such a supergeile Zeit. 🙂

  2. LOL – what a great description! And I love that you are very clear about what’s realyl important when you go and watch a concert 😉 I saw Sting at the Sun City Superbowl in about 1995/6 (this was a solo tour), around the time that the gorgeous Fields of Gold came out, and he had that whole place in the palm of his hand. I still get goosebumps when I hear both Fields of Gold and They Dance Alone and I’m transported straight back to that night.

    Glad you had a ball!

  3. oh it sounds wonderful! glad you enjoyed!!

    mmmm, sting….

  4. Yes ma’am, any person that can write multisyllabic lyrics attracts my attention: Sting with his “they subjugate the meek/but it’s the rhetoric of failure” and Paul Simon with “He sees angels in the architecture/Spinning in infinity”!

    And it helps when they’re supergeil 🙂

  5. That sounds fabulous!!!

  6. A South African in envy. I saw Sting in concert here in 1994 and about 8-9 years ago, he is superb live.

  7. I am so SORRY I MISSED the concert and Sting’s blue eyes. Ah!

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