Wednesday, August 01, 2007

Arrested development

Me and the wiffé went to see The Police's opener at Madison Square Garden on Wednesday night... and it was FUCKING AWESOME!

I wish I could have seen The Police back on the "Synchronicity" tour, but I was only nine. Zut alors... I get to make amends in 2007. They were in fantastic form, rocking the shit for two-plus hours; not bad for a bunch of old zillionaires. They hit all the highlights:

Message in a Bottle
Synchronicity II
Walking on the Moon
Voices Inside My Head/When The World Is Running Down
Don't Stand So Close To Me
Driven To Tears
The Truth Hits Everyone
Bed's Too Big Without You
Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic
Wrapped Around Your Finger
De Do Do Do, De Da Da Da
Invisible Sun
Can't Stand Losing You/Regatta de Blanc

Encore 1:
King Of Pain
So Lonely
Every Breath You Take

Encore 2:
Next To You

Strangely, there was also this tableau:

For some reason, a deaf person came to the concert. Isn't that like a decaptitation victim shopping at a haberdasher?

And on the way to getting some water, the local deli featured this dual caveat:

That's right -- no drink beer in the store, AND no outside food allowed to be eating here. Talk about an infringement of personal liberties... someone call FoxNews.

The night was perfect, but I would have substituted "Synchronicity I" and the kickass "Murder By Numbers" into the mix for "Driven to Tears" and "Walking in Your Footsteps." But no one asked.