Bootleg - An Englishman in Paradiso - First Night

[Updated: August 19, 2000]

Bootleg - An Englishman in Paradiso - First Night

Title:An Englishman in Paradiso - First Night
Catalogue number:SB 001.96/ SB 002.96
Date:09-03-1996 (although listed as 08-03-1996)
Location:"Paradiso", Amsterdam, Holland
Tracks (disc1):If I Ever Lose My Faith In You
If You Love Somebody Set Them Free
The Hounds Of Winter
I Hung My Head
Let Your Soul Be Your Pilot
I Was Brought To My Senses
You Still Touch Me
Seven Days
Fields Of Gold
Twenty Five To Midnight
All Four Seasons
Tracks (disc2):I'm So Happy I Can't Stop Crying
Synchronicity II
The Bed's Too Big Without You
Englishman In New York
This Cowboy Song/ When The World Is Running Down
She's Too Good For Me
Nothing 'bout Me
Lithium Sunset
Remarks: This 2CD-set "An Englishman in Paradiso - First Night" features the complete performance of Sting at the Paradiso in Amsterdam on March 9, 1996 (although the sleeve mentions: March 8, 1996!). The show was performed at a very nice and small venue (which used to be a church!) in front of just about 1000 people. It was the first try out gig for the Mercury Falling world tour. Sting makes a lot of jokes and the show features songs which were only performed at the first few shows of the tour.

During Englishman In New York two people in the front row waved plastic inflatable saxophones right in front of Sting. He got very distracted and after the song he eventually said: "Give me those saxophones. They drive me crazy". When they disobeyed he actually grapped the toys, laid them on stage and added: "You'll get them back at the end of the show. Anybody else got any inflatables they want to bring up here? Women?". Just before the first encore Sting introduced the two owners of the plastic saxophones on stage and asked them to join the horn section. They stood there during the next three songs....

The band: Sting (vocals, bass), Dominic Miller (guitar), Vinnie Colaiuta (drums), Kenny Kirkland (keyboards), Butch Thomas (saxophone), Clark Gayton (trombone) and four female backing vocalists.

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