Sting @ Hammerstein Ballroom


Hammerstein Ballroom

MANHATTAN, NY—Sting’s backup band provided the edgy muscle to the man’s catalog taking on pop, punk, reggae, worldbeat and rock into a two-hour set that focused on his latest album, 57th And 9th, for the final show of his tour. Playing to the faithful who endured the blizzard of 2017, Sting and his band, including members of The Last Bandoleros, delivered the goods like a well-oiled machine as they added some spicy Tex-Mex to the man’s pop overtures.

Looking like a gym rat and sporting a black tee, pants and boots that complemented his minimalistic finger style playing on a well-worn Fender bass, the four-piece backup band kept things simple as the players left a lot of room for the instruments to breathe through.

Opening act The Last Bandoleros, from San Antonio, stuck around and added vocals and some squeezebox to the mix. Sting’s son Joe Sumner, who opened the night, played guitar and sang harmonies while guitarist Dominic Miller’s son Rufus shared leads on some numbers, making the night a family affair.

They added a youthful vibe to a setlist of Police tunes as well as some other gems from Sting’s catalog, but the night belonged to the …

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