Sound problems sting Sting & Simon

  • Article by: JON BREAM , Star Tribune
  • Updated: February 24, 2014 - 12:43 PM

The veteran performers did what they do best: collaborate and soldier on through equipment issues with the help of an ever-resourceful crowd.

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Papa CuanditoFeb. 24, 1412:45 AM

Four additional points: 1. The sound problem eliminated "Every Breath You Take," the song Sting is most famous for, from the set list. 2. The horn section of Sting's band and the percussion of Simon's band were beyond excellent. 3. Simon's hand and arm movements on several songs are not unlike Mariah Carey when she's running notes. 4. When the lights went up, the PA system played "Mrs. Robinson," but it was not Simon & Garfunkel; it was Ol' Blue Eyes covering the song.

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chrisrealtorFeb. 24, 14 1:27 AM

Was there, sting was showed up by SIMON....Sting should be ashamed, what a wimp, shame on Sting...think outside the box

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dadieoFeb. 24, 14 1:46 AM

This concert was a disaster, and tickets should be refunded. Sure, people did their best to enjoy what Simon and Sting could do to salvage the evening, but the disaster happened during an amazing song by Sting, and continued through "Roxanne", which the audience sang in lieu of a sound system. The most egregious error wasn't the sound system though, it was Paul Simon saying "What do you expect from the Twin Cities?" when referring to the problem. It's one thing to blow it with your sound system, but then to insult the audience? You lost a fan here Mr. Simon!

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iceman3Feb. 24, 14 7:50 AM

Great instrumentalists in the bands. Very good show. No need to hear Every Breath for the 4000th time. Way to shake it up Paul and Sting. Love the collab. Closed circuit to papa c above, to put Mariah Carey in the same sentence as Paul Simon is a real insult to Simon. Melisma has faded from any musical significance.

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west336Feb. 24, 14 8:15 AM

Wait, did Simon really insult the crowd and the city he was performing in?

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snickelodeonFeb. 24, 14 8:25 AM

It sounds like you're right, dadieo: the concert was a disaster and tickets should be refunded. And while I realize this is a review and not a news story, given the amount of space devoted to the technical glitches, somebody at the Strib should have asked the obvious question: Will Xcel refund all or any portion of the tickets, or offer any other compensation? It would also be nice to know if a technical fiasco like this one is a relatively rare event, or if it's happened a number of times in the past at Xcel, and/or at other Twin Cities entertainment venues. My own experience going to concerts and theaters in the Twin Cities -- from small clubs to larger venues -- has led me to a sorry conclusion: just as there is not the level of acting, singing, and dancing talent here as you'll find in New York, our tech crews are also not the cream of the crop. I don't expect much from some facilities, but the audio was less than optimum at the performance of A Christmas Carol I attended at the Guthrie this season. I hate to say it, but while Paul Simon's comment, "What do you expect from the Twin Cities?" may have been ungracious, it may have been a fair observation.

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towle008Feb. 24, 14 8:31 AM

RE: Dadieo and Paul Simon's dig on the Twin Cities - We thought the same thing. I have no idea if that's how it was intended, but not sure why he made what sounded like an insult to a town in which thousands of fans showed up to see him. Odd choice of words... However, I felt Sting just kind of shut down in the same way his sound system did. Baffling to me that they couldn't be creative and figure out a way to have Paul Simon's band play backup for Sting. How many concerts do you go to where there is built in redundancy on the stage? There were two bands on stage! A fun evening overall, but kind of disappointed they couldn't seize the opportunity to ad lib and work in some real accoustic gems or something. Could have turned lemons into lemonaid as they say (especially since Paul was saying he hoped their two bands would begin to meld into one.) If anything, it validates Bruce's E-Street Band. They would not have missed a beat had they been on stage. They would have jumped right in an played backup to Sting even if they had never rehearsed.

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stribglibFeb. 24, 14 8:33 AM

Are you folks really serious about Simon's so-called insult to the crowd? Come on, take it in the spirit it was obviously meant: as a tension-relieving joke in a trying moment. His exact words were "That's the Twin Cities for you", followed a few seconds later by "I'm just kidding." Yes, the technical glitches were unfortunate, and interrupted the rhythm of the snow, but the music could hardly be faulted. Still a ton of fun.

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healeyFeb. 24, 14 8:57 AM

The "What do you expect from the Twin Cities?" line was a not delivered in scorn. It was a throw-away line intended to be a bit of a tease. My sense is that the audience was far from insulted. They saw talented musicians rise to the level needed to put on an amazing show.

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markmaherFeb. 24, 14 9:04 AM

The roads and weather meant the audience worked hard to get there and deserved a little extra from the performers. The When Will I Be Loved duet and additional Simon songs helped a little. A full refund isn't warranted...10% probably is but not worth our or Xcel's effort. My concert experience was also visually disrupted by the folks in front of me who were there to dance even if no one else in the 2 sections around them were standing. So we moved to some of the many empty seats and ended up behind make out artists and in front of folks who thought we wanted to hear them sing and whistle. But at least we could see the stage without craning to look at the big screen. Amazing musicians but a disappointing experience overall.

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