Sting Performs in Belgrade

We thoroughly enjoyed attending the Sting concert last night at the Belgrade Arena. Sting is the former lead singer of the Police and is a pop music legend. He is on the second European portion of his long tour promoting his new release, Symphonicities. The real name of Sting is Gordon Sumner and the former British school teacher has been a pop star for 30 years. He looks great at age 58 and his voice and energy is of a man 20 years younger. The idea of the album and concert is to rearrange his songs for a symphony orchestra. I really felt that for most of the songs, it gave them a new life and I found that it brought out his voice more and the story behind each song. It made for a varied evening, with featured players including the trumpet, clarinet, violin, cello, etc. Sting is a true musician and played the guitar, lute, harmonica, among other instruments during the course of the 2-hour, 23 song concert.

I grew up with the Police in the 1980’s and as he has aged and developed more complex musical tastes, I’ve been along for the ride. He is one of the my all-time favorite musicians and it was a great concert. Nadia and I took Owen and he managed to stay up the entire evening. It was the first time we all “partied” together. I hope the exposure to music will inspire him to appreciate music. He is taking guitar lessons. I hope to learn the piano and develop that side of my life.

I would like to thank my friend Claudiu for buying the tickets for us way back in February. The seats were magnificent, near the stage and up above the seats on the floor. With Serbians so tall, it is tough to view a concert if you are a row behind someone. The view was perfect. Nadia kept asking me to dress more like Sting! I’ll post photos tonight when I charge my Blackberry.

Edin Karamozov & Sting in Concert

One of the nice things about living in Belgrade after so many years in the “outback” of Venezuela, is the opportunity to attend cultural events. There are many concerts, plays, exhibitions held in Belgrade. This month Belgrade is hosting the 10th annual Guitar Art Festival. Sunday evening Sting and Bosnian Lutenist Edin Karamozov performed at the Sava Center in New Belgrade. Sting is one of my all-time favorite musical artists. (He ranks in my top 5  with U2, AC/DC, Seal and David Bowie) and I was thrilled to finally see him live in concert. The first half of the concert was devoted to his album, Songs From the Labryinth. This was like attending a lecture on the 16th century music. Sting learned to play the lute and brought back to life, the music of English composer John Dowland. The lute has many more strings than a guitar and the music is much more complex. Sting at his mature stage, is a bit bored with rock music and I am enjoying his growth and changes. The second half of the concert they played some old police songs and some other tunes, like the short snippet of video above, “Fields of Gold.” Sting’s voice was better live than the studio version! He is truly a great musician.

He said that he was going back into the studio to record a new album and I can’t wait to see what he comes up with.