Went to the concert Sunday night at Fenway. It was wonderful. The Police were outstanding. It was my first time ever seeing them, and they exceeded my expecatations. The set list was terrific, with unexpected songs like "Invisible Sun" "Regatta de Blanc" and "Truth Hits Everybody".
Also, the whole concept that the three guys don't like each other and don't interract on stage, is incorrect... at least it was Sunday night. There was tremendous interplay, as well as what seemed to be plenty of improvisation. Andy Summers' solos sometimes went a bit wild, he even did the old scissor-kick a couple of times. He and Sting often leaned on each other and laughed. The Amazing Stewart Copeland alternated from his drum set to a wall of auxiliary percussion, and was rock-solid all night.
The crowd was deafeningly loud, and literally served as 45,000 backup singers throught the night. Great concert crowd... seemed like it was diehard Police fans only.
Honestly they sounded amazing, Sting took time to pay homage to Boston, where they cut their teeth in the late-70s as an up-and-coming band (at The Rat, the Paradise and The Orpheum)... and Fenway was a wonderful setting for a concert.
We were on the left-field line, in the first row against the incline... our view was great, we were above (obviously) the people on the floor (field) seats, and looked across the field to the stage , which was basically in the center field triangle. At one point during the show, the overcast skys cleared, revealing a full moon, just over the right field sky boxes.
One downside, the warmup act was a Sting's SON'S band.. "Friction Plane" They stunk. Joe Sumner does look like his dad, and sounds like him a little, but their set was boring. As it was obvious WHY an unknown group was the opening act for such a major tour, I did come up with the thought that Friction Plane's next album should be called "Nepotisity"
(well, it got a laugh from the folks sitting around us).
Anyway, thought I'd resolve this thread I started several months ago when I got the tix. They ARE returning to Boston in November for shows at the TD Banknorth Garden (I hate that name). I might go to one of those too, as some tickets are still available... just a bit expensive to go twice in one year.
About the pix: I took the one of the Green Monster (with "The Police" spelled out in the inning boxes), but the other is from someone else (my phone didn't get any good pictures once it got dark). I snagged it off the Police's official site, which has a concert-by-concert message board thread.