With Each Concert, The Police Getting Better!
By Kevin C. Johnson
POST-DISPATCH POP MUSIC CRITIC
The Police honestly had to do little more than show up Monday night at the
That alone would be worth the wait � and expense -- for many of the 20,000
or so fans who came to the St. Louis
stop of the classic rock trio�s unlikely reunion tour, which is shaping up
into the concert tour of the year. After all, it�s been over two decades
since Sting, Andy Summers and Stewart
Copeland have gotten together for a trek like this.
But the classic rockers did a lot more than show up and collect their
massive paychecks at the near sold-out gig Monday (only rear of stage
upper-level seats were left).
The reggae sounds of a piped-in "Get Up, Stand Up" by Bob Marley
appropriately brought out the three gentlemen, who unleashed the equally
familiar chords of their own "Message in a Bottle," performed faithfully
on a big, open stage with a ramp circling the back of the stage.
The large stage gave the band plenty of room to move, and it turns out
they needed it. That�s not to allow for space to better hold egos or
maintain any residual strain between band members. If there was any of
that, it wasn�t obvious between singer Sting, guitarist Summers, and
drummer Copeland, who were still often connecting and clicking where it
counts. Copeland in particular came off like a real MVP.
What the Police needed the extra room for were the songs themselves at
times. Rather than rest on its laurels and just pump out the hits the way
they were recorded, the rock-reggae band gets points for using this
opportunity to stretch some of its biggest hits into new shapes and sizes,
even when it didn�t always work. The heavily-debated reinterpretations
could be as creative as they were aggravating.