Gordon Matthew Thomas Sumner, more popularly known as Sting, made his first appearance at St. Joseph’s Health Lakeview Amphitheater this week to an excited crowd as he tours for his latest album, The Bridge. This new album features songs written and recorded throughout the pandemic, and Sting gives you a firsthand in-depth account of each song and its meaning on his interactive webpage. A very cool way to share music with a personal message to all.
This mega-talented star has been performing and accumulating number one songs, albums, and awards, including Kennedy Center Honors Lifetime Achievement since 1977. It was then, that his band, The Police, first grabbed the attention of the world with their song “Don’t Stand So Close To Me.” It wasn’t long after that the string of hits began and lasted until 1984 when the band parted ways. Continuing as a solo artist, his first solo album, The Dream of the Blue Turtles was released in 1985 and his solo career was well on its way.
Although not new to Syracuse, it was his first time at the Amphitheater, and while the packed crowd eagerly anticipated his appearance, they had the opportunity to see his son, Joe Sumner, perform as he opened for his father, and then again later joined him on stage for Synchronicity hit “King of Pain.” Talent certainly didn’t skip a generation as the apple didn’t fall far from the tree in this case.
The whole evening was filled with hit after hit, featuring Sting’s super talented band on song after song. With a catalog of hits such as Sting’s, how could it not be an amazing evening? Ending the night with “Fragile,” Sting pointed out how he enjoyed sending his audiences off on a quiet reflective note. Mission accomplished!
Setlist: Message in a Bottle (The Police), Englishman in New York, Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic (The Police), If It’s Love, For Her Love, Rushing Water, If I Ever Lose My Faith in You, Fields of Gold, Brand New Day, Shape of My Heart, Heavy Cloud No Rain, Walking on the Moon (The Police), So Lonely (The Police), Desert Rose, King of Pain (The Police) (with Joe Sumner), Every Breath You Take (The Police) (with The Last Bandoleros) Encore: Roxanne (The Police), Fragile