The Police Reunion Tour

I saw the Police tonight at the Palace of Auburn Hills, MI.  I have liked this band for about 24 years—I don’t think I’ve listened to any other band for that many years without seeing them on tour at some point.  They opened with Message in a Bottle, and then played my favorite song, Synchronicity II.  It would have been an enjoyable show, but unfortunately, the people behind me were extremely disruptive and drunk and wanted to sing (yell out of tune) every song!  It was absolutely horrible and made it very hard to hear Sting’s voice and the accompanying music.  Worse still, during the instrumental parts, they talked as if they were half-deaf—it was so distracting.  I think I would have enjoyed the show more if it weren’t for them, although there was a lot of time alloted for audience participation—and that can be pretty bad if the people behind you can’t sing worth a crap.  Also, it was not mixed to my preference—I could barely hear the guitar, because I think Sting wanted the audience to hear him playing his bass.  My favorite guitar parts seemed to be far off in the distance.  Also, if you’re planning on hearing your favorite tunes the way they sound on the album, forget it—Sting changes the notes around so much that you can hardly recognize the song if it weren’t for the lyrics—not that it was bad, just different.  I would have had a better time without the people behind me, but I still wouldn’t rate it as the best concert of the year.

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~ by kozmicdreams on July 17, 2007.

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