HOLLYWOOD PALLADIUM - Sting kicked off the first of two sold-out concerts at Hollywood Palladium last night as part of the brand new concert series "Citi Sound Vault," which will also feature Beck, The Chainsmokers, and Metallica from February 8-12. Citi has partnered with Live Nation giving cardholders exclusive access to buy tickets for the Palladium shows being held during Grammy week.
The night began with Sting himself coming out on stage and telling the story of his first trip to Los Angeles in March of 1979. Seeing a palm tree for the first time he made his band mates pull over. "I hugged the palm tree, so that was the beginning of my career as a tree hugger." He opened the set with "Heading South On the Great North Road" from his latest record release 57th & 9th which is about leaving his hometown on a journey for a better life.
From there he introduced The Last Bandoleros who played several songs while Sting and his son Joe Sumner accompanied them on one of them. Sting then introduced his son Joe Sumner saying "I've known him his whole life." Sumner, the singer of Fiction Plane went on to perform a few songs before Sting and his full band took the stage.
The concert spanned nearly four decades worth of Sting's music including classic songs by The Police including "Roxanne", "Message In A Bottle", "Walking On The Moon", "Next To You", "Every Breath You Take", "So Lonely", "Spirits In The Material World", and "Synchronicity II."
Seven of 57th & 9th's ten songs were performed and Sting closed the concert on a thoughtful note with "The Empty Chair" which has been recently nominated for Best Original Song at this year's Academy Awards. The song was written for the documentary Jim: The James Foley Story about journalist James Foley who went missing for 2 years, was kidnapped and assassinated by ISIS.
Before last night's concert Sting last played the Palladium with The Police in November of 1979. Tonight he returns to perform the second show for "Citi Sound Vault."