Sting came out with a new album, "57th & 9th" this past year and has been touring for the album since February 1. This past Thursday night (yes a school night, and I'm paying for it this weekend) he was in Hollywood, and I got to go! As usual, it was a great show. I've only ever seem him (and The Police) at large outdoor venues like The Hollywood Bowl or Dodger Stadium. This was at the Hollywood Palladium which is a much smaller, indoor venue. Other than some sections that have seats reserved for groups around the floor, it's general admission for standing around the stage. He was so close we could have touched him. It was amazing!
For this show, he is touring with his son, Joe Sumner, and a band from Texas called The Last Bandoleros, both of whom opened the show. Then they were his back up singers for the rest of the night. I saw Sting this last summer with Peter Gabriel at The Hollywood Bowl, which was an incredible show with a lot of spectacle. This one was parred down and so intimate - it was different than the big venues but wonderful in its own right.
He played a little bit of everything - new ones from the recent album, older ones since his solo career, and then several from The Police. Here's the set list for the show. It was a good one. Thankfully he included my favorite song of all during the 1st encore - at 55:07. (sigh)