Sunday, June 3, 2012
Concert review: Sting at WinStar World Casino (June 2)
Besides a few huge hits, the night was a snoozer.
Sting still has the ability to make women squeal at the sight of him, and they did that many times at WinStar World Casino on Saturday night for the first of his two-night concert. But he leaned on some of his lesser-known material, making for a show we wished was more upbeat.
Sting calmly walked on the stage without introduction. 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,” every musician's nightmare became a reality for the seasoned recording artist: His mic went out and he had no idea. Fans booed, yelled for the soundboard to fix the issue, and even chanted “we can’t hear,” but Sting carried on throughout the song unaware that there were problems. It wasn't until the track was over and he was introducing the rest of the band members that the Englishman finally was informed that something was amiss. Politely holding his hand up to request five minutes to fix the sound problem, the fans cheered and eagerly awaited his return. When the issue was fixed, Sting played the song again.
The confusion was one of the most exciting parts of the show, which otherwise was filled with lesser-known tracks that moved fans to sit down. Because most of the seats are on the same level, it was hard to see the stage save for two screens showing close-ups of Sting. He also performed a few huge hits, but the majority of the evening was filler. Not even his country-inspired tunes -- or his rendition of “I Hung My Head” -- could save the show. However, his fiddle player, Peter Tickell, awakened the audience with his impressive skills that, for a while, stole the spotlight from Sting.
Once the first encore came around, fans jumped to their feet from a foggy stupor to sing and dance to “Desert Rose,” “King of Pain,” “Roxanne,” and “Every Breath You Take.” The second encore featured “Next To You,” which wasn't quite as exciting as his first encore but ended the evening well.
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