Sting - Concert information

[Updated: August 12, 2001]

27-07-1988 / Los Angeles, CA / Wiltern Theatre / USA
Someone To Watch Over Me - Sister Moon - Intro/ The Lazarus Heart/ Too Much Information - Englishman In New York - Rock Steady - Straight To My Heart - Tempted - One World - If You Love Somebody Set Them Free - Bring On The Night/ When The World Is Running Down - Lonely House - The Idiot Basterd Son - I Don't Wanna Be - The Promise ** Blasphemy - They Dance Alone - Consider Me Gone - King Of Pain - Be Still My Beating Heart - Walking In Your Footsteps - Frágil/ Little Wing/ From Me To You ** The Secret Marriage - Don't Stand So Close To Me ** Mackie Messer/ Mack The Knife - Caro Mio Ben - Ne Me Quitte Pas - Home On The Range - Every Breath You Take
Attendance: 2,300; sellout.
This was sort of a secret show. There was very short notice for this show.
The show which included a lot of covers, such as Frank Zappa's The Idiot Bastard Son.
After the break Kenny and Branford performed Kenny's instrumental Blasphemy.
To introduce Consider Me Gone, Sting told the audience: "I was singing this next song, I think in San Francisco last week and while I was singing it I couldn't help thinking of George Bush, so I want you to think about George as I sing this song." Bush was running for President for the Republicans and eventually won the election.
Before Mackie Messer: "We just came from a tour of Europe. At this point of the show every night I come on and I do a song in the language of the country I was performing in. [..] It shows some kind of respect for the culture and the people you are playing to, and also they go fucking crazy when you do. So tonight, just for the fun of it I'm gonna do a song in German, a song in Italian, a song in French, and then I'm gonna play you what I play in the mid-west of America. You'll be surprised."
Before Caro Mio Ben: "What I'm not gonna play here tonight is an awful version of the William Tell Ouverture which we fucked up in Switzerland. This song is Italian. You'll like this if you like pizza."
There were serious plans to release (parts of) this show on a live album. Eventually this never came about, but a bootleg ("The Art Of The Heart") of the complete show was released in October 1992.

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