The Police (Red) Rocks!

Last night I had the pleasure of attending The Police concert at Red Rocks Amphitheater last night.  Elvis Costello opened.

Let’s just get this out of the way:  the show rocked.  Incredible.  This was easily a top five show of all time for me. 

Elvis brought his whole band with him.  I’ve never seen him with a band, as the two times I saw him before were solo acoustic affairs.  Elvis really played hard and his band was very tight.  The highlight was Alison where Sting came out and sang backup.  It was a grittier version of the classic than I had heard in the past.  Well done, Elvis.  If Elvis had been the headliner, it would have been a great show. 

As for The Police, what a difference a few months make.  Ryan and I had seen them play at the Pepsi Center last year at the beginning of their tour.  Their energy level was high, but they definitely had some moments where they all looked at each other in mild panic as a few missed chords passed by.  That being said, it was still great to see them, as it was a dream come true for me.

This time Sting, Andy and Stewart came to show that they were still one of the best bands in the world.  Mission Accomplished.  Sting sounds as good as ever and I think his bass playing is better than ever.  Andy shredded solos in a manner that I wasn’t sure that he could even do.  Stewart punished his drums all night with wicked snaps from his wrist and still had his trademark hi-hat stylings that only he can do. 

The band was incredibly tight this time with no semblance of missed chords or uncertainty.  So Lonely and Next to You were standout songs along with Driven to Tears.  That being said, their entire catalog still holds as great compositions today. 

This was The Police, 20 years removed and still in their prime.  Somewhat unbelievable.  I’m a happy guy today.