REVIEW: Sting is grand, if grandiose, at Tampa's 1-800-Ask-Gary Amphitheatre
Sting is not a simple dude. He's all about big, showy displays of pomp and circumstance. And his concert Saturday night at the 1-800-Ask-Gary Amphitheatre in Tampa was no exception.
Performing with London's Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra, Sting entertained 7,500 fans at the Amp's pavilion with 26 solo songs and Police hits, all reinvented to make the most use of his new, massive backing band. Stewart Copeland would surely be jealous.
Sean Daly was there, and he said Sting's performance was big, yes, but also brilliantly bold:
Wiggling his own infamous fanny (to the delight of the ladies … okay, and me), Sting opened with If I Ever Lose My Faith in You, the pop hit given the slight sheen of a Bond theme. Englishman in New York also retained its original shades, although the strings added a hint of wide-eyed wanderlust. Police smash Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic still cooked, frantic violins playing the part of the love-giddy percussion.
Photo: Lara Cerri, tbt*