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STING
Written By: Gary Crouthamel
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STING
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STING - Featuring the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra
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Symphonicity Tour 2010
Featuring the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra
Susquehanna Bank Center, Camden, NJ
Saturday, July 10th
 
        When I went to this show I really wasn't sure what to expect, but after two sets, four encores and nearly two-and-a half hours of music for a sold-out pavilion (no lawn seats were sold for this show), I can tell you, it was impressive! Sting, backed by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, played a generous mix of Police and Sting hits. The orchestra filled the stage. There were three huge, square, moving projection screens above them occasionally displaying swirls of color and images of Sting as the orchestra opened with "If I Ever Lose My Faith in You." There was little room on-stage for the star considering the needs of the orchestra and a few longtime musicians, but then he appeared and began singing and striking a tambourine. Following with "Englishman In New York" and the Police hit "Every Little Thing She Does is Magic" getting the crowd in the mood for the night. Next came "Roxanne" and "When We Dance."
        Throughout the night, Sting regaled the audience with stories of experiences that inspired his songwriting. As he sang "Russians" he watched children on Russian television pirated off the satellite, followed by "I Hung My Head" once covered by the late Johnny Cash. Then he spoke of his late father who had always wanted him to get his Seaman's card and see the world. Although he chose his current path, he did follow his father's wish when he was granted a Seaman's card while working as a musician on a cruise ship. "I f*#@ng hated it," he remarked of the experience. As a somewhat odd homage to both his late parents, Sting wrote "Why Should I Cry For You?" which I'm sure brought chills to the audience. The first set finished with "Whenever I Say Your Name," "Fields Of Gold" and a high-energy version of  Police's "Next To You" which brought the seated crowd to their feet for the first time that night.
        After a 20-minute break, Sting and the orchestra jumped into "A Thousand Years," "Tomorrow We'll See" and "Moon Over Bourbon Street." He said he'd had a haunting experience of vampires while walking in New Orleans' French Quarter. Next came "End Of The Game," an ode to fox hunting in England which led into "You Will Be My Ain True Love" a song he wrote for the movie Cold Mountain. For that song, he was accompanied by back-up singer Jo Lawry who shined on the haunting version of the song. The girl can sing . . . and I mean sing!  Next was "All Would Envy" and "Mad About You" before ending the set with Police hits "King Of Pain" and "Every Breath You Take," which once again brought the crowd to their feet. After a quick, but much deserved break, they returned for a four-song encore opening with "Desert Rose" (again the audience stood), then "She's Too Good for Me" and "Fragile," a poignant exit song.
    Finally, when it seemed like there could be no more, Sting returned for one final song, an a capella version of "I Was Brought to My Senses." For anyone who misses the opportunity to see this fantastic show, look for "Symphonicities" the CD, which was released July 13th. And to view more pictures from this concert go to www.coconuttimes.com.
– Gary Crouthamel, concert photo journalist
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