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it took susan and i three and a half hours to get to dodger stadium. that's how long it took us to get to irvine last friday. i cannot convey the horror. just to give some perspective, it took us forty minutes to get home. including the mess of traffic to get out of the surrounding parking lot.

anyway, this is one band i was certain i'd never see. i'll say that it was the shitiest $250 ticket i've ever bought, but how could i not? not only were they a constant presence in my life ('synchronicity' especially), but when i was nineteen i went on a fucking bender and became obsessed with everything related to anything any of them ever did. i saw each of them play (numerous times), i fuckin met both sting and andy, but.. no, i never thought i'd see them together. which is what makes that money irrelevant.

sting: since people haven't seen us play in twenty four years, i'd like to introduce the band. andy, this is stewart...
stewart: sting, there are 20,000 people here who have heard that joke before.


message in a bottle
synchronicity II
walking on the moon
voices in my head/
when the world is running down
don't stand so close to me/
driven to tears
bed's too big without you
truth hits everybody
every little thing she does is magic
wrapped around your finger
de do do do, de da da da
invisible sun
walking in your footsteps
can't stand losing you
king of pain
so lonely
every breath you take
next to you

'message in a bottle' as i was running in, 'synchronicity II' as ally and i were trying to find our seats. oh my god thank fuck i heard that one. getting situated, laughing to ally at "packed like lemmings into shiny metal boxes". sting making me giggle with the way he said 'crotch'.

just letting it wash over, just basking in how big and great they sounded, just basking in their sound, the one i never thought i'd get to hear. sting getting people to join in with call-backs (during 'roxanne': "don't make me beg!"). shaking his legs at the knees, pacing the stage. his voice, ever flawless. bass parts that left me dizzy. andy, oh my god andy, with his big outward strum and his ridiculous solos, bending at the waist, tearing up his worn red strat and jumping off the drum riser. stewart and his percussive toys, his funny glasses, his manic style and his joyful smile.

i'll admit there were some dodgy moments musically, though in fairness partly that was because andy seemed to be having some technical difficulties. but some things were a little off here and there, and some things just fell a bit flat. but there were many other moments that made up for that. there started out being a lot of jamming, but they worked out of it and through some really interesting arrangements. 'don't stand so close to me' was absolutely majestic.

'bed's too big without you' was quite a surprise and a fuckin great one. and what the fuck, 'truth hits everybody' wins the prize for 'song pulled out of butt'. really, what a shock. i fuckin loved it. stewart actually pointed his stick at someone during that song, leaving a hole where the snare would've been, and grinned. yes, love it.

candles appeared on the screen and i immediately was gone. 'wrapped around your finger'. it was absolutely dreamy. what a gorgeous, perfect creation. possibly the highlight for me (well, aside from 'king of pain', which is my favourite). because it was slow and different the kick at the end where the snare comes in was less driving, but that mattered not. stewart ended it with a bloody gong.

'invisible sun' was another unexpected one. red lights all around them, and current war related footage on the screens. it's not northern ireland anymore. chills. "someday.. someday... someday..."

dinosaur bones superimposed over the band on the screens for 'walking in your footsteps', which was yet another one that left me grinning like a loon. thought of susan at the top of the stadium, who was surely loving it. indeed she was. not that we know each other well or anything.

".. 55,000 people clapping! .. well, 55,003."

trevi asked me earlier what songs i was hoping to hear. my rule is usually not to think about such things, that way you're always surprised and never disappointed. of course once she said that though, i could only think of 'king of pain'. yes, well, sting said in the mid '90s he would never sing it again. except, he also said for twenty years the police would never tour again. so, y'know. it started out sparce but when the chorus hit filled out, whapping me over the head. strangely the thing filling it was a recording of sting's voice singing a harmony to himself (two other men on the stage with microphones and..?) but i'll forgive that. because it was absolutely glorious.

"all made up and nowhere to go, welcome to the.. andy summers show!" and again for stewart. at the end of 'so lonely' sting bashed the fucking micstand to the ground and leapt into the air. fuckin yeah.

i don't think it was until the three of them took their bows at the front of the stage, the lights awash, the massive, massive cheering and then the close-up the stewart's bass drum on the screens with their old 'outlandos' logo that it really hit me that i'd just seen the fucking police.

Date: 2007-06-24 01:08 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
i had you & ally and this show on my mind all day, and when i wole up this morning and saw you called, i couldn't actually get myself back to sleep.

haven't listened yet, tonight, in the dark.


Date: 2007-06-24 04:11 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
my jealousy knows no bounds.....


lol. but hey, cool you got to see them woman.

Date: 2007-06-26 06:31 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
i think they're coming through again in the fall??

Date: 2007-06-24 04:39 pm (UTC)
ext_16294: (u2 - edge goes woooo)
From: [identity profile]
*brain mildly explodes*

Thank you for the call. I listened to yours and ally's during chores this morning and was grinning like a loon.

Date: 2007-06-26 06:31 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
yay, you're very welcome! what did she call you for?

Date: 2007-06-26 06:52 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile]
I think she told me she called during driven to tears -- it sounded like a very long, distorted Led Zepplin solo, so I had no idea. (I blame verizon - any time I try to call people or phonepost songs, the same thing happens)

Yours came through relatively clear. I could make out the chorus perfectly.

Date: 2007-06-27 06:31 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
ah yeah, i called a friend during driven to tears and he said the same thing. ok, actually he said, 'were you at a concert last night? who was it?' but yeah. :-P

that's great!!

Date: 2007-06-24 04:52 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I was wondering when y'all were going to see them and here it is!
I'm glad you got to go. They're not coming anywhere near here and I don't have the means
to travel to see them. Oh well, that's life. I'm glad it sounded great though!

Date: 2007-06-25 09:44 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
*has pity party with you*

Date: 2007-06-24 05:24 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
guh they did walking on the moon my favorite police song! and invisible sun! Nice.
and so lonely! LOVE that song.
Glad you enjoyed it!

Date: 2007-06-24 05:29 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
heheh. that sounds incredible. king of pain is my favorite as well. i really wish i'd been at this one.

Date: 2007-06-26 06:14 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
dammit! i thought of you and calling, but i wasn't sure if you were a fan or whatever. d'oh.

Date: 2007-06-24 09:03 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Next time you should take the metro red line. It took us 20 minutes to get from Universal to Union Station. We then took the gold line to Chinatown and walked. We came to realize that it would be better to take the #2 bus from the Civic center metro station because it stops right on Elysian and sunset. Then all you need to do is walk up the hill to the stadium. It's a hike but it's better than being stuck in horrible traffic. And of course you don't have to pay the $20 parking fee.

Glad you had fun. We had fun too. I agree that at times it was dodgy but it's a stadium and that has alot to do with it as well. I was so happy when they did King of Pain!!! :D

Date: 2007-06-26 06:22 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
yeah, that sounds like the way to go! lissie and pam took the red line to staples on wednesday. i stupidly figured since it was saturday it wouldn't be as bad. duh!? at least we didn't have to pay, though - they were so confused by whether there was even in parking left they just let us in.

king of pain was marvelous!!

Date: 2007-06-24 10:02 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
That traffic was bloody insane. You must have been a bit behind us in the jam, because we got in about 10 minutes before the band started. Apparently, the stadium ran out of parking, so they were doubling us up. We weren't too happy to see limos and buses taking up tonnes of spots...honestly, they couldn't have parked those down below and had them come up to pick up their passengers afterward? *sigh*

I saw The Police on Wednesday, but last night's show was a million and one times better. I saw The Police in 1979, the first band I ever saw live, and I never thought I'd see them again. Last night's show was like closing a circle, or maybe more precisely, thanking the band for what they started for me.

Date: 2007-06-26 06:20 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
yeah, apparently ally was going around in a circle in there for an hour before parking in the middle of the street. the only good thing is that by the time we got in they were like, 'uhhhhh' when we asked if it was full and we didn't have to pay.

so it was better than wed? that's good! though fuck if i would've bothered to see them there if they announced the arena shows first. bastards.

and i love that, man. that's beautiful.

Date: 2007-06-25 01:29 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]

I am so in love with stewart copeland. shhh.

Date: 2007-06-26 06:15 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
THAT WAS INSANE. oh my god.

they should've showed him more on the screen, dammit. i wanted to watch him more. he's so animated.

Date: 2007-06-26 11:12 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
After I managed to get our (apparently) rooftop tickets, J said we probably won't be able to see him (which was pessimism-based, not fact-based) and that we should've tried to get seats right behind the stage instead. *oh man* Because he's the show as far as I'm concerned really. Okay, like 60 percent.

Date: 2007-06-26 11:18 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
the ticket we bought for our drummer (who i got majorly into sting/the police when we were 19) for her birthday turned out to be second row right behind stewart. (of course this was the arena show. IF I HAD ONLY KNOWN. etc.) i mean, shit, can you believe it? she lost her mind.

Date: 2007-06-26 11:26 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
FUCK ME. *dead*

Date: 2007-06-25 03:15 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I am.... so kind of broken now. In a good way. I think.

Date: 2007-06-26 06:15 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
dammit, if i'd known i would've called you too.

Date: 2007-06-28 06:14 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
quite alright. this post was still amazing. :)

they say the meek shall inherit the earth

Date: 2007-06-25 09:45 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
i can't believe i'm not seeing them.

i am SO GLAD you got to see them.

Re: they say the meek shall inherit the earth

Date: 2007-06-26 06:17 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
i can't believe you are yet another person i didn't call. duh?!

but thanks, me too. wish you could have.

Re: they say the meek shall inherit the earth

Date: 2007-06-26 08:59 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
yeah, dude, you totally suck.

not really. ;)


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