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Up there in my Top 5 Concerts, no lie.

First off, entrenous88 has already laughed at me (hee!) because I took ear plugs to the concert. And my cane for shakin' at them rotten kids! Haha, SHUT IT. Look, I was a noise junkie for years, concert goer extreme, and I have the hearing loss to prove it. Why do more damage? They're specifically made for musicians so you can hear the music, it just cuts out the excess noise (crowd) and cuts the decibels in half. In other words, I left the concert with my normal speaking voice (no shouting) and no headaches. \o/

Secondly, HOLY CRAP they were in excellent form. Sting was apparently out of voice the night before, but he was in perfect voice last night. Um... he still has a perfect ass, too. But enough about his show-boatery (and man, was he "working it" and not always for the good. He strikes me as an asshole in real life, always has.) Stewart Copeland, aka Drumming God, got the best applause from the audience, and had the energy of a 20 year old. He was freaking AMAZING to watch. I was about to write three paragraphs on his drumming style, his kit, his jazz training, and realized that no one would read it. DAMMIT. :)

The audience was totally into it, with the exception of the four teenagers sitting in front of us. Okay, WHY DID YOU COME? Two of them SAT DOWN throughout the performance. ??? Also, those were NOT cheap seats, right up front. How did they get there? WHY did they come? Very strange. However, they were all into the opening act, more on them later. Other people around us were absolutely rocking out, white person style heeee! (Read: no rhythm, random shaking and jumping. AWESOME.) People of all ages, all types, all sorts of ethnicities... It was a beautiful thing. EVERYONE singing along and getting down. That's my favorite kind of show, right there. (The only thing that can beat this concert was seeing Paul McCartney perform Eleanor Rigby live, and David Bowie on his Changes tour - the last time he would perform his old songs. Holy crap, can that man capture an audience. Prince and U2 are also in my Top 5 Concerts Of All Time.)

The opening act was Fiction Plane. What's that? you've never heard of the AWESOME FICTION PLANE?? Me, neither. Oh, the lead singer is Sting's kid. And he sounds EXACTLY like his dad, but without the force in his vocals. They, uh.. couldn't fill the stadium with their sound. Which was totally aping The Police. As filtered through Coldplay and high school talent shows. o_0 We got up and left to get drinks until they were done, they were so mediocre. Those teens in front of us? JAMMING ON THE ONE with that band. Let's see if they're coming back for a 25 year later reunion tour...

Not gonna lie: teared up at the awesomeness of hearing some songs live. Like, every single Synchronicity song. GOD I LOVE THAT ALBUM. It's a desert island album, for sure. Here's some songs off the playlist (and they played THREE ENCORES. Two songs a piece!!) In conclusion: ILU POLICE.

Walking on the Moon
Driven to Tears (man, this sounded SO GOOD)
Invisible Sun (ditto)
Synchronicity 1 (dude. bawled. As soon as the synth started up, I was a mess)
King of Pain (they re-arranged this, and it was SKA. So awesome)
Every Little Thing She Does is Magic (are you kidding? They stepped the tempo up and it freaking ROCKED)
So Lonely (one of the encores - I am not going to tell you about my dancing. I may have smacked the chick next to me. But then, she was dancing hard, too, ahahhaha)

Complaints: Andy Summers needs to lay off the Whammy Bar. He was great when he was keeping the groove, but he's not (nor has he ever been) a guitar soloist. When the show ended, Sting said, "Good Night, Texas! See you next year!" and the crowd went wild. Stewart covered his mouth (he was still micced) and said, "hell no we're not!" He's been clear that this is it, this tour. Hahahaha! I LOVE THAT MAN, OH MY GOD. His freaking ARMS! *drools* Sorry. Drummers get me EVERY TIME.

And a random DL not related to The Police: Amy Winehouse, Back to Black.

Okay, I need to gear up, get laundry finished, start packing, and pick up juice boxes and travel games (Connect 4! Merlin! um... Sorry!) because we're heading to the beach in the AM. If I don't get to chat with anyone, have a wonderful weekend!!!



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Jun. 28th, 2007 05:17 pm (UTC)
1. How did you know I was craving Amy Winehouse?! Your awesomeness now includes telepathy. RULE.

2. Omg, that concert sounds so amazing and I am thoroughly jealous. I adore the Police and yes, Sting is a complete asshole, but I don't care. He is PRETTAH. And really fucking flexible. And mmmmmmm. Man, that must've been so awesome. Did you do the cell phone? Were other people? Eeeeeeee!

3. I have actually heard of Fiction Planet and yes, your description fits them perfectly, ie, they suck. A lot. And are clearly a glorified cover band. However, since Daddy is Sting, they actually get taken on tours and stuff, which I'm sure they aren't really loving -- think about it, that's your Dad in that other tour van, and since he's footing the bill, no hookers for you!

It's possible I'm jaded :D
Jun. 28th, 2007 05:20 pm (UTC)
1. WHOO HOO! I love that album. quicknow pointed me her way a few months ago, then Prince signed her to a record deal (hello) and that's all I needed. <3

2. He was SO pretty last night. It's unfair for a man to age that well. But my heart belongs to Stewart - he STILL looks like a skater from the 70s. Ungh. The cell phones were aloft! And a-lit! Hahahaha.

3. They BLOW. Blew. Sucked it. FAIL. But if they could get about four years of practice under their belt (and a new drummer that isn't trying to copy one of the greats - without the ability to pull it off) they might be worthy of a pop hit or two.
Jun. 28th, 2007 05:29 pm (UTC)
I am seeing The Police here in Jersey in August. Nice to know I have something pretty awesome to look forward to!

Mmm, drummers. I'm always partial to bass guitarists myself, but I think that has more to do with the bass than the person playing it. Something about those vibrations.... *goes to happy place*

Have fun at the beach!
Jun. 28th, 2007 05:34 pm (UTC)
And Sting's a solid bassist, so you'll have a GREAT time! The show was freaking awesome. Only one song bored me, and it's because it's their one song I can't stand: Walking in Your Footsteps. They slowed it WAAAAY down and had a cheesy graphic on the Jumbotron of dinosaur bones.

That'll be the song to grab a beer or hit the head, if needed. :D
Jun. 28th, 2007 05:45 pm (UTC)
There's a kid (15, 16 years-old, mebbe) next door and he has a 'band'. They are either Fiction Plane or totally ripping off Fiction Plane because they sound how you describe. Major suckage. Major battering of some awesome songs. Eh, kids these days.

Sounds like so much fun! Mad love for The Police!
Jun. 28th, 2007 05:50 pm (UTC)
Ahahahahaha. And you know, a 15, 16 year old kid with a "band" is an awesome thing. Just... their daddies shouldn't take them on a major World Tour with them. o_0

Heee, when my husband was 15 he was in a band called "Sloth Patrol." Funny thing, their album (yes, we have it still!) is pretty damned good.

(Oh, and that U2 concert I mentioned in my Top 5? Had Public Enemy and Sugarcubes as opening acts. DUDE. That may have been the best concert of my life. That was also the concert where I was tossed up on stage and Bono SANG TO ME before I was pulled off by security. !!!)
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Jun. 28th, 2007 07:33 pm (UTC)
Good LORD is Prince a showman! I mean, that's stating the obvious, I know, but nonetheless!!

And yes, I'm going to be an official, credited whore soon, ha! Sting's nose... I didn't notice as I was too busy noticing the excellent Botox done on his forehead! (Um, he has enough money to have the best plastic surgeons, methinks.)
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Jun. 28th, 2007 07:00 pm (UTC)
You've seen Bowie and Prince? I. Am. So. Jealous.

Have a great time at the beach! ♥
Jun. 28th, 2007 07:36 pm (UTC)
Bowie was freaking AMAZING. That was maybe #2 as far as best concerts ever. The man is a GOD on stage.

Thank you!! *slathers self with sunscreen*
Jun. 28th, 2007 07:00 pm (UTC)
Heee, I laughed, but I still thought it was a good idea! <3

I'm so glad you had such a fantastic time. And thank god you said that about Sting, because whoo boy, he seems like a pill in a thousand different ways.

Yay for concertgoing Stoney awesomeness!
Jun. 28th, 2007 07:37 pm (UTC)
Hahaha, I know you did!! *squish*

And yeah - Sting = pretty to look at and nice to listen to, but GOD doesn't he seem like he's a pompous ass??

<3 <3 <3
Jun. 28th, 2007 07:49 pm (UTC)
First off: I think you're cool for taking the ear plugs. What.

PRINCE WHAT. WHAT. I AM SO JEALOUS. (Even though I now think of him as having a robotic arm.) Also oh god, Synchronicity. THE LOVE. At BYU-I, my cool roommates and I used to put that CD in the player and hit "repeat all" and just. Stare at the ceiling. High on Cherry 7-Up. I AM SO GLAD YOU HAD A GOOD TIME! *hugs*

Also. What other drummers are good? I need to know these things to gain MOAR APPRECIATION and you know EVERYTHING, so. (Stoney: Like Wikipedia, in a way.) (...I want to make an icon of that.)



It is truly a DAY OF CELEBRATION for I totally finished my monster harry/draco story today AND I AM STOKED. I MAY HAVE TO GO GET DRUNK. <3333333!
Jun. 28th, 2007 08:31 pm (UTC)
I LOVE THAT YOU THINK OF PRINCE'S ROBOTIC ARM. Hogod, do I miss Steve and Prince text messaging each other... And how freaking GOOD is Synchronicity?? That's one of the best albums in the history of ROCK.

Okay Top 5 Drummers in the World of Rock Music:

Neil Peart (Rush's drummer) <-- this one is not debatable.
Stewart Copeland (Police)
Carter Beuford (Dave Matthews Band) <-- also not debatable. He's a MACHINE.
Lars Ulrich (Metallica)
?uestlove (The Roots. He can lay down a groove like none other)

Debatable: Tommy Lee (Motley Crue) He's pretty bad ass, even though he can't drumline. Also, Omar Hakim, who was the drummer with Sting after he left The Police. That guy is, as Branford Marsalis called him, a "mother fucker." /nerd

Also adding up there: Pickles the Drummer from Dethklok. lml ^__^ lml hahahahaha.

OMG YAYNESS!! Be sure to link me later, so when I get back from vacay I can pimp the hell out of that fic!!!
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Jun. 28th, 2007 07:59 pm (UTC)
I've loved The Police since my teenage years and am so very jealous of your concert-going self! But I'm also glad you had fun. I'm trying to rearrange King of Pain in my head to make it SKA but it just makes my brain hurt.

Snagging Amy and Driven to Tears - I have all the others. Thanks for sharing! :D
Jun. 28th, 2007 08:33 pm (UTC)
I never got to see them live - this was making up for missed opportunities from my youth!! The Mister has seen Sting perform numerous times, but he was all fangirling Stewart Copeland, heeeeeee!

And I can't stress enough how freaking GOOD King of Pain was. It took me a bit as they played the intro to figure out what it was, then I was FLOORED.

Thanks for taking and sharing my music dorkiness!! <3
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Jun. 28th, 2007 08:34 pm (UTC)
Anne, it was SO FUN. We just went back to our school years. :D

And you know, it's been NON STOP RAIN for two weeks!! THis is the wettest June in Texas history, as of today. We're ecstatic about getting to some heat and SUN! We don't know what to do with ourselves. :D
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Jun. 29th, 2007 01:15 am (UTC)
THE HAIR TURNED OUT AWESOME. We had this quick convo on the phone. I've been drinking Margaritas and Ketel-One and green tea. Don't judge me.

HI. I called Dad and made him cry. It was awesome.
Jun. 28th, 2007 09:42 pm (UTC)
OMG I am so jellus. Not just of the Police but every concert you've been to, apparently. I totally would read and enjoy your in-depth article on Stewart Copeland. Earplugs are wisdom. I miss my hearing.

I did see Sting years ago, must have been when Dream of the Blue Turtles came out? And then when I was out behind the Civic Center waiting for my ride later on he strolled down the sidewalk right by me, all dressed in black with two backup singers in glamorous white satin dresses. I just stared at him like an inquisitive puppy and he kind of shot me an "omg stalker" look.
Jun. 29th, 2007 01:16 am (UTC)
Dream of the Blue Turtles is a GREAT album - I bet that was a freaking awesome show! Omar Hakim and Branford Marsalis FTW! I CANNOT BELIEVE THE LIMO STORY. That's what dreams are made of!

Okay, I will write up my total nerdery about Stewart, absolutely! All I need is an audience of one... Hahahahaha.

<3 <3 <3
Jun. 28th, 2007 10:05 pm (UTC)
AHHH!!! I'm so glad you had fun. And remember: Sting has bedroom tantric skills. I effin heart him and every Police bandmember. Zenyatta Mundatta baby.

Glad you had fun! If I don't talk to you, have fun on your trip and call me when you get back. Our house goes on the market TODAY to buy a fat pig. Home again home again...


See? I can still busta rhyme.
Jun. 29th, 2007 01:17 am (UTC)
WOW. Please do not become a rhyme lyricist when you grow up. Also, GOOD LUCK ON THE HOUSE, OMG.

Sting has the bedroom skills, but he is an ass. It's all about Stewart and his hot pants, Tiff. UNGH.
Jun. 29th, 2007 12:19 am (UTC)
Oh, Stoney, it sounds so AWESOME. Synchronicity is one of my favorite albums of all time. I am so glad you enjoyed the show!!

Have a great time at the beach. *hugs*
Jun. 29th, 2007 01:18 am (UTC)
Synchronicity is one of the best albums EVER. Like, my heart hurts when I listen to it, it makes me so happy. It was a GREAT show!! I felt like a teen again, all in love with music and "owning it" for the first time, remember how that felt? <3 <3 <3

Have a good weekend and enjoy your NEW HOUSE, omg!! ILU LYNNE.
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Jun. 29th, 2007 02:56 am (UTC)
*points to icon*

Seriously. I have been listening to Sting since I was twelve. The sight and sound of him has *always* given me that down low tickle. And suspecting he's an asshole only made it vibrate at a lower, deeper frequency.

I'm righteous jealous of you for seeing them in person and hearing those songs in person. *sigh* but gawds, I'm glad ya went.
Jun. 29th, 2007 03:36 am (UTC)
Oh, man, am I ever glad I went!! (And I know what you mean about the assholes giving you that low down tickle. What IS it about them!?!?)

Jul. 3rd, 2007 05:16 pm (UTC)
I'm so glad it was awesome. I don't feel much inclined to shows (I'm not playing) anymore, because of being short and hating people. In general.

But two things:

1) Earplugs! Yes! See, ever since I started playing, I've been wearing them, and I *can't* stand noise anymore without them. I've gotten, if anything, way more sensitive than before. So I try to have them in the car or my bag, just in case. I hate that they're always like neon blue or orange, though.

2) JAMMIN ON THE ONE. Reminds me of my drummer. And all our stupid little catchphrases. And my band. *sniff*
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