Thursday, June 14, 2007

Police Concert

Anyone at all tuned into this summer's major concert events knows The Police are returning to the stage together for the first time in 23 years. As you can see on the back of this concert-goers newly purchased shirt, Oakland is the 5th stop of the recently began summer tour, which kicked off in Vancouver, BC on May 30th.

I've owned The Police Greatest Hit's CD since high school so am very familiar with all their big hits, and love just about all of them. They are a combined unique and catchy. I'm still amazed it takes only three guys to make this sound. Sting sings and plays the bass, Andy Summers on the guitar, and Stewart Copeland on the drums. That's it! This means they only need to divide up their millions by three, and let's not kid ourselves, these guys are laughing all the way to bank! But after last nights entertaining performance, I am confident that everyone left happy and feeling their money was well spent. I know Darcy and I did.

The history of how we got such good seats: Back in March, through Best Buy rewards, I was spammed the opportunity for an access code which allowed access to the ticket presale for this show. At that time we looked and saw people selling their access codes for up to $50 on craigslist. That's how much demand this tour created! Darcy and I jumped on the opportunity to compete for the best seats at this huge show, and ended up scoring tickets on the field, just about dead center, about 100 feet from the stage.

You'll see from the next pictures that we were planted dead center in the stadium, and also get a feel for just how huge this show was. I'm guessing there were somewhere around 60,000 people there. Very few bands have the power to sell out a venue this big, and The Police are one of them. The last show I saw at The McAfee Coliseum (even though not called McAfee then) was The Rolling Stones in November of 1997.

Throughout the night I took pictures of the band performing. They all look pretty similar, but here are few that turned out particularly well. Be sure to click on them to see them enlarged:

Set List:
Message in a Bottle
Synchronicity II
Don't Stand So Close to Me
Voices Inside My Head
Spirits in the Material World
Driven to Tears
Walking on the Moon
Truth Hits Everybody
Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic
Wrapped Around Your Finger
The Bed's Too Big Without You
Murder by Numbers
De Do Do Do, De Da Da Da
Invisible Sun
Walking in Your Footsteps
Can't Stand Losing You
King of Pain
So Lonely
Every Breath You Take
Next to You

Any tiredness I felt at work the next day was well worth it because now I have the experience of having seen The Police in my lifetime. As much as I would love to see them again, part of me wants this to be the only chance I get because I don't know how it could be topped. Perhaps if I were in the first few rows - that might do it!

No comments: