Review Scene: Sting, Aware Super Theatre, Darling Harbour 15th February 2023 by Martin Cilia

Sting, Aware Super Theatre, Darling Harbour 15th February 2023 by Mandy Hall

Sting hit the stage running with the classic Police song Message in a Bottle. When you open with a song like that you know you’re in for a great night. He had the whole crowd singing along with him from the start. He covered the whole catalogue from Police hits such as Walking on the Moon, King of Pain & Roxanne, to tracks from his many solo albums including Englishman in New York, Dream of the Blue Turtles and Ten Summoner’s Tales. A highlight of the night was Shape of My Heart, from Ten Summoner’s Tales, with Gene Noble featuring on vocals.

Sting, Aware Super Theatre, Darling Harbour 15th February 2023 by Mandy Hall

Sting’s son, Joe Sumner, was the support (he looks somewhat like a cross between Billy Brag & Sting).  With just an acoustic guitar and occasional backing tracks he commanded the stage. He’s inherited his father’s voice and uses it very well.

The band consisted of Dominic Miller on guitar (who has toured with him for over 30 years), Zach Jones on drums, Kevon Webster on keyboards, Shane Sager on harmonica and Gene Noble & Melissa Musique on backup vocalists. Every member of the band had a chance to shine. It’s clear that the band all know each other very well and are very relaxed playing together.

The final song of the night was one that Sting dedicated to the people of Ukraine and the Russians that are opposing the conflict. Also the women of Iran. He sang Fragile, accompanying himself on acoustic guitar. It was a beautiful end to a fabulous night.

If you ever wanted to see Sting, now’s the time to do it. He’s at the top of his game and obviously loving what he’s doing. It was a brilliant show.

Sting, Aware Super Theatre, Darling Harbour 15th February 2023 by Mandy Hall

Set List:
Message In A Bottle
Englishman In New York
Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic
If It’s Love
Loving You
Rushing Water
If I Ever Lose My Faith In You
Fields Of Gold
Brand New Day
Heavy Cloud No Rain
Shape Of My Heart
Seven Days
What Could Have Been
Wrapped Around Your Finger
Walking On The Moon
So Lonely
Desert Rose
King Of Pain
Every Breath You Take

Encore:
Roxanne
Fragile

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Martin is an Australian guitarist and vintage guitar collector. Apart from his solo work he is a member of The Atlantics, Dave Warner’s From the Suburbs and is currently guitarist in Mental As Anything.