Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Sting's Going Small Plays Big at Memorable Pageant Concert

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Sting's Going Small Plays Big at Memorable Pageant Concert

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Sting wasted no time getting to know his sold-out audience at the Pageant on Friday night during a stop on his up close and personal "57th & 9th Tour" stop, initially gracing the stage before opening acts the Last Bandoleros and Joe Sumner.

At the top of the evening, Sting walked onto the stage with a few words and a song.

"I'm glad to be here. It's my first time here. It's nice to be in this environment," he said of the Pageant.

He reminded the crowd of what he said was his first-ever visit to St. Louis, a 1979 concert at Mississippi Nights with the Police, which was met with cheers. Then came "Heading South on the Great North Road," a cut from the new "57th & 9th" album.

"All right, let's get this show started," Sting said by way of introducing his son, the aforementioned Sumner, for a brief set followed by another brief set by the Last Bandoleros.

It was a night, as Sumner said, when everyone was in everyone else's band, including Sting standing in on tambourine and vocals on the Last Bandoleros' "Where Do You Go?" and Sumner joining them as well.

If there was a star of the night, it wasn't just Sting. Making the concert one to remember and it will be remembered was its locale.

Fans got to see superstar Sting in a setting as intimate (for him) as the Pageant, certainly a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity mirroring what he's doing around the country. Taking the show down this way with Sting playing well below his draw made it an even bigger event than it might have been.

"I can see you. You can see me," said Sting, who is used to performing in arenas and amphitheaters.

Accompanied by guitarists Dominic Miller and Rufus Miller and drummer Josh Freese, Sumner and the Last Bandoleros, Sting offered a strong mix of songs from his Police repertoire, his solo material and selections from his new album, which for him marks a return to making rock albums.

He opened with "Synchronicity II" and "Spirits in the Material World," easy hooks when it comes to reeling in an audience, as it did here. …

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