Ice's boss called on Friday afternoon and offered us tickets to Saturday night's Sting concert. Got up the next morning to a snowstorm.

We debated not going but we really hated to pass up the opportunity so we headed into the city early. The roads weren't the greatest and the traffic was slow but we got there in plenty of time. Bought my $37. t-shirt, only because they didn't have the size I wanted in the $45. ones.

Phantom Planet opened and joked that there were only about seven people in the audience who knew who they were. Their set was good, despite the fact that people were still streaming in, and both Ice and I enjoyed the music. I couldn't help thinking though that I was probably old enough to be their mother. *sigh*

It didn't take long for the roadies to change the stage, then the lights went down, a voice said, "Why are you so quiet out there?", and the place exploded.

Sting looked great and sounded even better. I'd read in advance that he was touring with a stripped down band (2 guitarists and a drummer only) and I wondered if that would mean a low-key show. It didn't. Tons of energy from the stage and the crowd, a few funny bits, and a great mix of Sting's solo songs and songs from The Police years. I didn't realize that he hadn't performed any Police songs since he left the band until this tour. They got the most reaction (understandably, I guess, given the general age of the crowd) but the audience was loudly appreciative of everything that was played.

The woman sitting directly in front of me provided lots of entertainment, too. I thought she was going to pee her pants when Sting came over to our side of the stage.

The backdrop for the stage was gorgeous. I was trying to figure out how they made it look like it did but I couldn't. And the lighting.... well, let's just say I think I'm a little bit in love with Sting's lighting guy. Brilliant.

Sting's portion of the show lasted just over an hour and a half. It was a really great concert and I'm glad we braved the weather to go.

Guitarist Shane Fontayne's comments on the show and the trouble they had getting to London.

The trip home was a bit bizarre. The roads were much worse but otherwise things were ok until we got to the first major intersection north of the city. Usually, it's well lit but last night it was in darkness, except for the traffic lights which were working normally. Got to Lucan, not a light anywhere. Got to Exeter, not a light anywhere. It was like driving through ghost towns and surprisingly creepy.

I was starting to really worry about the kids. They hate it when the power goes out when we're home so I figured, if the lights were out here too, they'd be panicking. Right on the very north end of Exeter though (past McDonald's), the lights were on and everywhere else from there home.

When we got home, the kids were all sleeping soundly. Watched the end of a movie, sent Ice off to bed, came in here to write up my review of the concert... and the power went off. I guess we weren't meant to escape the widespread outages after all.

Posted by Ripley on April 24, 2005

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