THACKERVILLE, OK -- The was an extra buzz surrounding the world's third largest casino on June 2 with Sting kicking off his 35-city world tour inside the Global Events Center. The first of his two concerts at WinStar began with a bit of a thud as he was unaware that the sound was not working while singing the Police's Every Little Thing She Does is Magic. With the crowd getting angry and chanting "We can't hear you!" Sting exited the stage while the problem was corrected and returned to huge cheers as what could have become a huge issue was resolved and he performed the song again, this time with the sound.
The show's biggest highlights were Sting's interactions with the crowd as he said he was "Happy to be in the heart of America, especially because growing up I was obsessed with TV westerns. I liked Rawhide, but my favorite was Bonanza." He went on to mention when Johnny Cash sang his song I Hung My Head, he felt it validated him as a country/western songwriter.
I did manage to chat with one of the many ladies in the crowd and she mentioned that she had seen Sting "over 15 times," adding that he was "like a fine bottle of wine that got better with age."
Sting revisited the country western theme as he mentioned his favorite movies were "The Magnificent Seven which starred Yul Brynner, Steve McQueen and five other guys and the musical Seven Brides for Seven Brothers." That led into his song that was somewhat a mixture of the two movies, Love is Stronger Than Justice.
The bulk of the show relied on his solo material, but the encore was all about the hits as it began with Desert Rose and led into the Police classics King of Pain, Roxanne (complete with red lights that encompassed the stage) and Every Breath You Take. With the capacity crowd on its feet, he returned for a second encore and wrapped up the evening performing Next to You. What had started out as a recipe for disaster turned out to be a fun evening and we were back in Fort Worth an hour after the lights came up.
Following his two concerts at WinStar, Sting has four more shows in the United States before heading across the Atlantic. For his complete schedule, visit here. For upcoming concerts at WinStar World Casino, visit here.
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