Sting, the legendary and iconic front man from the late-seventies, early-eighties band, The Police made a stop at the Mohegan Sun arena last Saturday night as part of his "Back To Bass" tour. His last stop at the venue was three years ago and at that show, he brought along The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra to help flesh-out his classic solo and Police catalog songs. This time around, he was accompanied on this visit by only a five-piece backing band that included long-time guitarist Dominic Miller, drumming Vinnie Colaiuta and keyboardist David Sanchez. Newcomers to this tour is the young, energetic violinist Peter Tickell and background Australian singer Jo Lawry.
As the tour title suggested, his show was a "back to bass"ics as Sting performed the two hour, 21 song set with a raw, renewed ambition. Even the stage was basic with no video monitors or elaborate light show. It was just enough to give the band and the audience that simple, but effective lighting for each individual song.
The band strolled on stage followed by Sting, which drew a huge applause from the audience. As the night kicked off with "If I Ever Lose My Faith In You," Sting would interweave his solo hits with Police classics like "Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic" and "Driven to Tears." With each song performed, more and more audience members were drawn to their feet to move along to the songs of their past, like "Englishman In New Work" and "Seven Days." It seemed like the Police songs went over better with the older crowd as fans sang along to the choruses of "Message In A Bottle," "Wrapped Around Your Finger" and "De Do Do Do, De Da Da Da." The main set closed with an improvisational jam session featuring the outstanding talents of Sanchez on keyboards and Tickell's amazing violin solo that led into the crowd favorite, "Roxanne" as everyone stood and danced along to the song's throbbing bass line.
Sting and his band returned for the first of three encores performing one of his newer pop hits "Desert Rose," before returning to back The Police catalog to perform two of the former band's hits "King Of Pain" and "Every Breath You Take." Once again, Sting would leave the stage, only to return for a quick, rocking version of "Next To You," from the debut album of The Police.
Sting and his band stood arm in arm and bowed to the loud applause from the audience as the audience started heading for the exits. But once again, Sting returned to perform the gentle, heartfelt "Fragile" as the audience found seats anywhere they could to catch this pure emotional performance.
At 61 years old, Sting continues to perform at the top of his game and put on a truly exceptional show that his fans have no doubt enjoyed time and time again.
Setlist: If I Ever Lose My Faith In You, Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic, Englishman In New York, All This Time, Seven Days, Demolition Man, Fields Of Gold, I Hung My Head, Driven To Tears, Heavy Cloud No Rain, Message In A Bottle, Shape Of My Heart, The Hounds Of Winter, Wrapped Around Your Finger, De Do Do Do De Da Da Da, Roxanne
Encore: Desert Rose, King Of Pain, Every Breath You Take, Next To You, Fragile