Sting - Concert information

[Updated: August 12, 2001]

11-08-1996 / Vancouver, B.C. / General Motors Place / CANADA
The Hounds Of Winter - I Hung My Head - I Was Brought To My Senses - Let Your Soul Be Your Pilot - If You Love Somebody Set Them Free - Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic - Seven Days - Mad About You - I'm So Happy I Can't Stop Crying - You Still Touch Me - All Four Seasons - Fields Of Gold - Synchronicity II - Roxanne - Bring On The Night/ When The World Is Running Down - Demolition Man - Englishman In New York ** If I Ever Lose My Faith In You - Every Breath You Take - Lithium Sunset ** Fragile
Setlist same as: 01-06-1996, but All For Seasons was performed after You Still Touch Me.
Support act: Jann Arden.
Attendance: 11,000.
Signs near the entrance told the audience the concert was being filmed for broadcast. The performance was captured with 10-12 cameras and the audio recorded on 48-track digital sound. There were serious plans to broadcast this show on PBS-TV ("On Tour") on 14-09-1996. These plans were skipped because Sting and the band weren't satisfied with the recording. The decision was made to record and broadcast an European show later that year, which didn't happen either.
Let Your Soul Be Your Pilot, Mad About You and All Four Seasons were added to the setlist again this night.
Before I Was Brought To My Senses: "Very nice to be back in Vancouver. British Columbia makes me feel at home".
Before I'm So Happy I Can't Stop Crying Sting said: "So, this next part of the show I'm really looking forward to. You'll understand why in a minute. Um... yeah I can see that [pointing at a sign]. I'll explain to the audience what your holding up. For the past few weeks I've had people coming up and singing this next song with me and he's obviously heard about it. [pointing to the guy who held up the sign] I think you're the man. You'd better be good. Help this man up. And the exciting thing is you never know what you're going to get. Where are you going [at this point Ross has disappeared behind the stage somewhere]. He looks all right. Well, we're waiting [he hasn't made it to the stage yet]. Here he is". The audience went crazy.
Sting: What's your name?
Ross: Ross.
Sting: Ross who?
Ross: Ross Viner.
Sting: [something inaudible about Ross being Irish or something.] OK. Get behind me stand here. OK, Let's get a few thing sorted out. This song's about divorce right?
Ross: [pause] Right.
Sting: Are you divorced?
Ross: Uh, fortunately not.
Sting: Are you married?
Ross: Uh, fortunately not. [audience laughs and applauds]
Sting: So that doesn't really qualify you to sing this song does it?
Ross: Uhhhhhh...
Sting: Can you sing?
Ross: Uhhhhhh... I think I can. [audience laughs]
Sting: OK, we'll find out won't we? OK let me teach you mic. technique OK, raise the mic... [To audience] He doesn't know how to raise the mic. Here let me help you [Sting was also unable to raise the mic. stand and the audience laughs and applauds]. Now when you sing, you sing into the mic.
Ross: How's that?
Sting: A lot of people come up here and the just sing into thin air and nobody can hear a word they're saying. Are you ready?
Ross: I can't remember the tune.
Sting: [incredulous] You can't remember the tune? [audience laughs] [to the band:] We've got a ripe one here.'re not nervous?
Ross: Ummm. Slightly.
Sting: Good.
Ross: Can I say "Hi" to a friend?
Sting: Yes, you can say "Hi" to a friend.
Ross: Heather Kealsy can you hear me? [audience laughs]
Sting: OK, Heather where are you?... No you can't have two friends up here Ross. [to audience] Taking liberties eh? Are you planning to marry her?
Ross: No, Heather and I are very good friends.
Sting: Just good friends? [audience laughs] Sounds a bit boring to me actually. I mean, like, are you intimate? [audience howls]
Ross: ...We've been very good friends for a long time... [audience laughs]
Sting: OK, Dom let's go.
They launched into the song. Ross did a good job - really hamming it up and dancing around. At one point when Sting was just going from the chorus into the verse and Ross says in rock star style "C'mon Sting." Sting gave him this really strange/menacing look like don't overstep your bounds here Ross. The audience loved it.
Afterwards, Ross was interviewed by a Vancouver radio station and was written up in the daily Victoria newspaper. A few months later I'm So Happy I Can't Stop Crying was broadcasted on a public TV-show called "On Tour".
Before All Four Seasons: "We just heard Ross, which is a good example of British Columbia vocal talent".
Also during the outro of Lithium Sunset Kenny belted out "Rescue Me" (by Fontella Bass), backing up Stings vocal refrain, "See Mercury Falling".
I'm So Happy I Can't Stop Crying was broadcasted on RealTV in 05-1997. On 07-06-1997 PBS "On Tour" finally broadcasted one hour of the Vancouver show.

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