The Police, Oakland, CA – 06/13/07

(originally written 6.14.07)

Ticket stub, The Police

The Police in Oakland, 2007

Here’s my take on last night’s show:

The Police show last night made me happy. Not as happy as I would have been had I been allowed to see them on the Synchronicity tour at age 13? 14?, (my hopes were kiboshed by the “parental units” on that one) but considering there were no albums after that one*, I can’t imagine the show would have been too drastically different (although maybe I would have heard “Tea in the Sahara” back then).

* Not including the greatest hits with the re-recording of “Don’t Stand So Close to Me”

From a sound standpoint, both K and Larry said the low end was pretty sucktastic – we didn’t pay $200 for our tickets, and I felt like their performance was worth the $30 per guy I paid to spend a couple hours with them. I had a good time, and that was all I was looking for. K was a trooper; we didn’t know if he was going with us as he’s been sick for the last few days, but we cajoled him into going and I think he was glad he went.

The Police is one of those bands that I used to really like a lot, but I almost never listen to them anymore, so it was kind of strange to be sitting there, singing along word-for-word to all these songs…I kind of marvelled at myself for remembering them, and then tried to remember if I was a HUGE Police fan when I was fangirly about so many other acts in high school. Apparently so 🙂 I always did love Sting’s lyrics, though, and was reminded of how much I learned from tracking down the myriad references that peppered his writing.

Highlights for me:
– “Invisible Sun”
– “When the World is Running Down”
– “Every Little Thing She Does is Magic”
– “Can’t Stand Losing You”
– The fact that I was finally watching The Police – Live!
– No drunken jerks in our section

A gratifying and satisfactory concert-going experience all in all, for me at least, and an absolutely perfect night for an outdoor show. Not the best, far from the worst, and glad to have seen them live at last.

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