The Police reunite on patrol in Oakland
Sting and Andy Summers relive the magic they created in the 80's
during their 2007 reunion tour concert in Oakland.
Photos by Konstable Kent
By Konstable Kent, special to Fog City
June 19, 2007
So, The Police finally made a pass through Oakland's Macafee
Coliseum last Wednesday. To this fan, it was a positive affirmation
in more ways than one. Musically, the band was sounding right
on form and, yes, they rocked the sold-out house.
They came on stage without any fanfare and launched into an unbroken
string of songs that lasted two hours, beginning with the epic
In A Bottle.'
The differences to the sound of the band of yore, principally
being Sting's more rounded jazzy vocal stylings and slower pacing
of the songs. The slower pacing worked well in general, but for
some songs like, 'Every
Little Thing She Does Is Magic' and 'Don't
Stand So Close To Me,' it caused the songs to 'sag' a little.
On balance, their performace was an admirable effort to keep the
crowd interested the whole way.
From all accounts, the band is gathering its old sea legs without
having lost its crowd allure. Some people complained that it's
'the Sting show' with the other virtuosos playing back up. I disagree.
guitar solos have never been longer or more varied. He is clearly
pushing the sound to a new place. Stewart
Copeland, the rhythmic maestro of the band, is just starting
to get more creative, as was seen during the trademark improvised
'empty' moments during songs like 'Roxanne.'
When Copeland plays well, the whole band shines.
As an aside, it is interesting to see 1980's mainstream rock
sensibilities meeting the over saturated media age of the present.
As the band built its reputation on classic songs that seem to
have weathered well, the material for the most part stands up
well to the test of time.
The band's present success will ride on the ability to translate
this idea into sound, and marketing itself well to the mainly
Baby Boom/Gen X crowd (who are more likely to buy tickets at the