1. Originally posted by eddiemonsoon:I don't know whether you can see it in better than therapy or it appears somewhere else it's a very few frames either way if it does and you can 'still' it and your eyesight is better than mine there is another word in that Tea/Deathwish area. Is it Peanuts or have they crossed something out? It's not a long title if it is. If I ever find out it's Low Life, Darkness or Omega Man crossed out.....

    I read someone once saying they thought Andy struggled with guitar parts in 2007 which I'm sure they'd probably blame for Tea's absence but I can't see it or hear it. I blame Sting for all the tour's weaknesses.
    Low Life is another favorite of mine. Generally I favour the more atmospheric songs rather than their post-punk or new wave ones -bar a few exceptions of course-. It would have been brilliant to hear it but it was clear it wouldn't be played on a reunion tour if they hadn't played ever while in their first period

    What I regret the most from when I saw them in 2008 is not getting to hear Bring On The Night, I love that song so much.

    Why do you blame Sting though? I think the 3 of them were equally into it (or equally not into it).
  2. We know he chose the setlist. Stewart was expecting it to change at least a small amount each night. But songs are dropped quickly - murder by numbers is gone after a week, spirits is gone by LA. Then the between song chat is almost exactly the same night after night. Sting is on record as saying the reason is solo gigs rarely change anything is so everyone gets the same show but he must realise in multiple stadium nights there's a huge repeat business. Even when Henri turns up in Paris we don't get the obvious thrash through fall out. I don't think voices inside my head works at all as a song rather than intro. Put a proper Bring on the night in the place it took and it's a lot better but the choice to open some 2008 with Bring on the night is just bizarre.
    And poor old Andy is expecting them to make another album at some point.
    I'm going to commit heresy in the eyes of Mr Copeland but I'd have had the backing singers back in and dragged some keyboards in and I'd have given it a couple of rehearsals with Dominic in as a second guitar. I might have made the stage smaller as well. It looks like a bus ride between them.
  3. Originally posted by eddiemonsoon:We know he chose the setlist. Stewart was expecting it to change at least a small amount each night. But songs are dropped quickly - murder by numbers is gone after a week, spirits is gone by LA. Then the between song chat is almost exactly the same night after night. Sting is on record as saying the reason is solo gigs rarely change anything is so everyone gets the same show but he must realise in multiple stadium nights there's a huge repeat business. Even when Henri turns up in Paris we don't get the obvious thrash through fall out. I don't think voices inside my head works at all as a song rather than intro. Put a proper Bring on the night in the place it took and it's a lot better but the choice to open some 2008 with Bring on the night is just bizarre.
    And poor old Andy is expecting them to make another album at some point.
    I'm going to commit heresy in the eyes of Mr Copeland but I'd have had the backing singers back in and dragged some keyboards in and I'd have given it a couple of rehearsals with Dominic in as a second guitar. I might have made the stage smaller as well. It looks like a bus ride between them.
    I agree there: at the core they were a trio but they never sounded as good as they did in 1983 with all the backing singers, keyboards and stuff. That's a fact.

    Opening these 2008 gigs with Bring On The Night was surprisingng but at least that meant the damn song was played. I think it closed the main set of some gig in Germany or Belgium, right? That was a much better setlist position for it I think. So sad they dropped it.

    Do you think Andy was hopeful to make another album? I never thought that was on the cards at all
  4. Oh Andy was convinced. I don't think it was likely either. Sting was already well into writer's block and, if anything, the whole tour was a bit of textbook psychology: "you can't write because you know you have unfinished business elsewhere" and we saw another bit of textbook psychology when Sting started selling artwork he'd accumulated which is straight from the "you've surrounded yourself with too many beautiful things, your life is too comfortable, you can't write because you don't need to write".
  5. Originally posted by LikeASong:[..]
    I agree there: at the core they were a trio but they never sounded as good as they did in 1983 with all the backing singers, keyboards and stuff. That's a fact.

    Opening these 2008 gigs with Bring On The Night was surprisingng but at least that meant the damn song was played. I think it closed the main set of some gig in Germany or Belgium, right? That was a much better setlist position for it I think. So sad they dropped it.

    Do you think Andy was hopeful to make another album? I never thought that was on the cards at all
    It was in Mannheim, in 2008...
    Setlist.fm lists it as main set closer, but if I remember correctly it opened the encore, with Sting starting on guitar. Maybe it was only Sting on solo guitar (can't remember) before they went straight into Roxanne.
    But I'm pretty sure it did not close the main set, which would not make sense after "Can't stand losing you/Regatta de blanc".
  6. Originally posted by Papo:[..]
    It was in Mannheim, in 2008...
    Setlist.fm lists it as main set closer, but if I remember correctly it opened the encore, with Sting starting on guitar. Maybe it was only Sting on solo guitar (can't remember) before they went straight into Roxanne.
    But I'm pretty sure it did not close the main set, which would not make sense after "Can't stand losing you/Regatta de blanc".
    You're very much right. It was meant to open the show but it didn't happen, Sting played it to open the first encore:


    Bring On The Night was rehearsed during the soundcheck.

    With 13.5000 people in the audience the concert was sold out.

    Right before the concert the setlist was visible on a monitor under the stage. Bring On The Night was to open the show, after it was left out completely in Marseille. Danny Quatrochi brought Sting's mini-guitar onstage, but it was removed soon after.

    The show started with the more powerful opening from 2007: Bob Marley, lights, the gong and Message In A Bottle.

    From the start it was evident that all musicians were still hugely enjoying this tour. Worries about Sting's beard (i.e. not caring anymore?) were unfounded. At least the not-caring part - the beard was horrible.

    The Police were laughing, communicating and improvising like they had the time of their life - and they were rewarded by a very loud Mannheim audience.

    Bring On The Night was eventually played as the first encore. Sting's difficulties with finger-picking today were forgotten with the great new chorus.
  7. Haha just listened to Bring On The Night. I completely didn't remember Sting sung it a whole OCTAVE lower than usual Such a shame.