Sting at Boris Trajkovski Sports Hall in Skopje, Macedonia

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There's almost no point in getting into specific high points as the set was crammed with monster hits, the kind of songs that have become the fabric of people's lives, and the audience greeted each chorus with vigorous, singalong pleasure. As a singer of one of the '80s most revered bands and then as a solo artist, Sting is the undisputed songsmiths of our time. Both his watershed album "Nothing Like the Sun" and his band The Police are celebrating their anniversaries this year respectively. The set had plenty of other Police songs as well like "So Lonely," "Message in a Bottle," "Walking on the Moon" and "Roxanne" (for which there was a volcanic reaction to and which ended the regular part of the concert) and they were mixed with hits like "She's Too Good For Me" and "Desert Rose." And it was mid-set that he began playing some songs from the last album like the punkish "Petrolhead" or "50.000" that was devoted to recently deceased rock stars like David Bowie or Prince. Hence it had Joe Sumner singing Bowie's iconic "Ashes to Ashes" as an intro into "50.000."

During the first encore, they performed two Police classics "Next to You" and "Every Breath You Take" along with the Police styled "I Can't Stop Thinking About You." But it was the second encore that made all the difference with "Fragile," a song about senseless violence that had people singing and was very much suited for the outside political climate this show occurred in. It was one world when the people entered the concert and it was a completely different one outside when it was all over. It was as if some sort of psychological load was gone. And Sting and his band were taken with the audience's reaction and him promising he will return again. He demonstrated his affection for the people in attendance and for his art, by playing a show of rich and joyous music where he and his band seemed to be having every bit of fun as much as the audience. It was uplifting and it contributed to a sense of the music being alive to the moment.


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