Rock stars invaded the tri-state area this weekend:
Sting, free of The Police, played a sold-out solo show on Saturday night at Foxwoods MGM Grand Casino in northern Connecticut. Luckily, someone told him it was Connecticut, because he was going to announce, “Hello, Massachusetts!” (Well, it’s close.)
The night before, the Police captain had wowed 120,000 fans at the Quebec Summer Music Festival. At Foxwoods, the show was more intimate. Sting even sang birthday wishes to an 87-year-old fan named Celia who sent a message up to the stage. Solo Sting meant the reappearance of his many hits away from The Police including “If I Ever Lose My Faith in You,” “Fragile,” “Fields of Gold,” and “If You Love Somebody (Set them Free).” How nice to hear them all again, as strong as ever. (Isn’t it time for a new Sting rock album?)
Anyway, even the Police songs he performed were rearranged to excellent effect, including a reworked bluesy “King of Pain” and a punchier “Roxanne.” It must have been a pleasure to stretch out again after The Police’s 16-month reunion tour…
And at New York’s Citi Field, Paul McCartney’s second show was devoid of the pounding rain and 100 percent humidity of the preceeding night. Same show, same set, but dry as McCartney’s humor. And the anecdotes he tried to tell on Friday could actually be heard. In the audience this time: NBC chief Jeff Zucker. And, guarded conspicuously by his own security people, Mets owner Fred Wilpon and his wife.
And: because Macca is a vegetarian, Drew Nieporent’s staff had to prepare a meat-free buffet dinner for luminaries at his glassed-in Acela restaurant. It was about a thousand times healthier than the sodium-laced (but yummy) Shake Shack meal we had on Friday night!