Sting may have turned 60 earlier this month but he hasn’t aged much. The same can be said for one of the fittest members of the sexagenarian club’s (apt group for Sting, who reportedly loves all things tantric) sonic output.
The former Police frontman showcased tracks from nearly each of his albums over his incredibly consistent 33-year career as a recording artist Wednesday night at a soldout Tower Theater. Sting will also perform to a SRO crowd tonight at the Upper Darby venue.
The recently launched jaunt is in support of his box set, ‘Sting: 25 Years.’ The inventive pop star has never seemed so relaxed. The cerebral tunesmith, who has been tagged as pretentious, was anything but that during his fast-moving two-hour set.
Sting was warm, gracious and entertaining as he spun a number of yarns. He saluted his wife, waxed about life on the farm at his English castle and spoke of his songwriting process.
Surprisingly, the loquacious performer couldn’t quite explain how he crafts songs but he didn’t need to offer details. All he had to do was play an array of re-arranged songs, which benefitted from energetic play by his band, which includes sensational drummer Vinnie Colaiuta, who jazzed up a number of cuts.
Sting offered a couple of crowd pleasers from his Police days, such as an energetic ‘Next To You,’ the dark and perfectly constructed ‘Every Breath You Take’ and a solo show-closing version of the stirring ‘Message in a Bottle.’
But the highlights of the concert were deeper cuts from his solo catalog that were dusted off. ‘The Hounds of Winter,’ which was stolen by violinist-backing vocalist Jo Lawry’s ethereal set of pipes, and the eccentric ‘Stolen Car (Take Me Dancing)’ were well worth re-visiting.