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Sting Sells Out Symphonicity Tour In First Of Two Nights At Chastain



Sting brought his Symphonicity Tour to sold out Chastain Park Amphitheatre Monday night for the first of a two-night engagement. Backed by the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra, under the direction of acclaimed conductor Steven Mercurio, the ex-Police vocalist was in excellent form and received an enthusiastic response all evening from his loyal fans.

The AJC’s Robb Cohen was there with his camera.  Click here for the complete 15-photo online gallery and please tell us about what you saw and heard at the show. How would you rate this concert?

(Photo Credit: Robb Cohen/  For other concert photography linked to Access Atlanta, please visit for Atlanta Concert Photography Galleries.

18 comments Add your comment

Mike M.

June 29th, 2010
9:46 am

We were very disappointed in the entire evening. He was late coming on. You weren’t allowed to bring wine or food in and the only wine and food they had to sell was crap wine and pizza. Very disappointing considering the tickets were extremely expensive.

I also thought it was tacky when after a couple of songs, he looked at his watch and said “where is everybody”? He was referring to all of the empty seats and that the show started at 8:00. (even though he was late coming on.

The best part of Chastain is taking your own wine, food, and candle. When you take that away and don’t replace it with anything, the high ticket price isn’t worth it.

For some reason, they took a 20 minute intermission. I guess so they could sell more beer and pizza. We left during the intermission. Sorry Sting, you aren’t worth all of the inconveniences.

Hopefully, Ringo will be getter.


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Jamila Robinson

June 29th, 2010
11:16 am

The 20-minute intermission was more than reasonable. With the suffocating humidity, it’s certain that the musicians needed a break, if only to re-tune their instruments.

bill lumberg

June 29th, 2010
11:23 am


June 29th, 2010
11:32 am

I agree with Mike above. This show was a complete disappointment. Then again, when my wife bought the tickets, I didn’t know it was going to be with a full symphony. That being said, I did find out well ahead of time so was able to adjust my expectations accordingly. But even at that, it was a complete let-down.

First off, I spent more time watching a conductor who looked like he was having a seizure the entire time – taking away from whatever Sting was doing.

Second, it appeared as if this show was for Sting and not for the fans of Sting (or the Police). I mean, it felt as if the entire show was an experiment on his behalf and we were the lucky lab rats that got to be there. I’m sorry … but at this point in his career, I don’t give a rat’s ass (no pun intended) about how “this song is about 2 foxes in the woods”. What!? Have you lost your “rock and roll card”? Foxes?

Third, every song / arrangement of the original began the same freaking way … an overly theatrical arrangement with either a violinist, french horn player or flute player belting out an “intro” that seem forced – all in the name of “arrangements” or “orchestration”. It just felt forced … and got completely old after the tenth time it was done. Please … please … drop some of the over-theatrical intros and stop trying to be a modern day Amadeus. It’s good 2-3x and that’s it.

Forth, the sound was terrible. No bass, little drums … voice was way over saturated, drowning out the rest of the stage. Very little in depth of sounds and richness. Like I told my wife, “It’s sad when you can hear crickets over the main act.” Then again, Chastain isn’t the best place for sound. But never the less … sound was not rich, considering you had a 40-piece symphony behind you.

Lastly (and I could go on), it just felt as if Sting was trying to do something “different”, for the sake of “doing something different”. I think it’s because he hasn’t been relevant in nearly a decade (outside a song making its way in a Cadillac commercial). I used to be a huge fan of his back in the Dream of the Blue Turtle / Soul Cages / Ten Summoner’s Tales era … but since then, he hasn’t been relevant. And don’t give me the “age” rationale. There are people like U2 who are still making relevant music (original, not rehashes or “arrangements” of the classics). I guess I was just hoping for a little more … shame on me for that.

And listen – I just went to an English Beat show back in March at a tiny venue … their music even older than Sting’s. And I promise you, that show (for $20) far and away exceeding anything Sting did last night (and probably tonight). They (the Beat) played for their fans and rocked it! Sting – take a page out of their book and return to your roots please.

Next time someone puts “with Symphony” or “A night with” around their name … I’m saying “no thanks”. It will only be a let-down.


June 29th, 2010
12:11 pm

HUGE DISAPPOINTMENT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I hope anyone who has a ticket to tonight’s show reads this comment and sells their tickets before they go…..1. He was late coming on 2. The setlist sucked…3. you can’s bring in coolers 4. It was hot as hell in the seats. 5. Tickets were WAY OVERPRICED!!!!!! If you are going because you think the show will be like his pre-Police reunion tour, you will be VERY DISAPPOINTED!!!! My wife and I left during Every Breath You Take and didnt bother to stay for the encores. But I saw the setlist and didn’t miss much other than Desert Rose.. I WANT MY MONEY BACK!!!!!


June 29th, 2010
12:25 pm

I am very surprised by the comments about the concert. I thought it was fabulous!!!! I have seen Sting several times and thought the pairing with the orchestra was simply beautiful. I also LOVED his personal stories about where the music came from………it truly added a personal touch to the event. His voice is still magical and he looks INCREDIBLE. As far as Chastain…….guys this is STING in Chastain. Who cares that you couldn’t bring in the food!!! The policy was clearly printed on the tickets AND on the web site. You should not have been suprised!!! THE CONCERT WAS AWESOME!!!!

Gantt Cookson

June 29th, 2010
12:52 pm

I thought the show was fantastic. Loved every minute.


June 29th, 2010
1:04 pm

Sting began on time and was incredible. He looked super hot and was super cool.


June 29th, 2010
1:16 pm

As far as Sting coming on late – The concert started about 8 minutes late. Considering there were many empty seats and people were still filing in, it was not rude that Sting looked at his watch and asked where everyone was.

If anyone was rude, it was the audience. The amount of chatting and full conversations going on during the performance were distracting and infantile. I was embarrassed by this behavior for it did not represent the best of Atlanta. And it seems as if more people were concerned with getting alcohol and how much of it they could consume. If you wanted food and drink, go to a bar or restaurant.

I also was quite surprised by the negative comments posted above. The concert was fantastic, the set list included a wide variety of his music, and he is the consummate performer. He was warm, spoke to the audience, and added several tidbits of information not readily known about how he writes songs or what inspired a particular song. I thought the Orchestra added much to the evening’s enjoyment.

Would buy a ticket anytime to see Sting perform. I have been a fan for 30 years, attended many of his concerts and he never disappoints. Would gladly attend tonight’s concert.


June 29th, 2010
2:01 pm

wow, im not sure if im disappointed or glad i did not go!


June 29th, 2010
4:40 pm

Sting is the man!!! Riding his bike around Chastain saying hello to people, doing his Yoga outside the venue in the grass of the park and stopping for a few pictures & autographs for the lucky few.. Rock on Sting and quit your cryin’ people he can do what ever the hell he wants……………


June 30th, 2010
8:13 am

This was one of Sting’s best shows yet I think. He sounded amazing. He started a few minutes after ended and we walked out at 11 – with only a 20 minute intermission. Truly a great concert. I have been a fan of his since the early days of the Police and this concert did NOT disappoint me…. then again I was there for the music and not the food and drink. I have seen him many many times with the Police and solo and he sounded great and I loved him singing with an Orchestra. I am sure the conductor was having a blast. Thanks for a fantastic show.


July 1st, 2010
12:11 pm

Can anyone please tell me if he sang “Desert Rose” while holding a rose on Monday night?


July 1st, 2010
12:16 pm

I am also shocked by the negative comments. This was one of the best shows I have ever been to! I think that the people who are upset about not getting enough food, drink, candles, etc. during the show should stay home next time so that the true fans will have a chance at the good seats up front (it was a sold out show). The only thing that was disappointing about the show was having to endure some of the obnoxious people in the crowd who clearly were not interested in listening to the amazing music being made onstage.


July 1st, 2010
11:31 pm

RJR, I wish we had seen him on bike and doing yoga in Houston. It was an amazing show and he is in fine form. It was not a Police concert. I brought someone who is not that familiar with all of his music and they were enchanted. I hope he continues performing!


July 4th, 2010
6:02 am

I should mention that I usually couldn’t be bothered to compose a review or comment on events and such, however a few comments above, as some have already pointed out, were indeed puzzling and didn’t do the show any justice.

The concert was absolutely amazing! I must strongly recommend a Sting concert… and this one paired with the Royal Philharmonic was a thing of beauty.

True, it was warm …as it often is in Atlanta. It didn’t bother me, though I could see a good number of people with fans. Smart people. The artist is not to blame for the temperature.

Yes, some individuals didn’t seem to be present for the music, some talking rather loudly till it became dark. There were empty seats available, so a simple fix was to move a few seats or rows over.
I did indeed arrive a bit hungry and thirsty, but I came foremost for the music and I must say I left thoroughly satisfied. In all it was a brilliant performance and Sting was a great sport, staying on for 4 encores.

Thanks Sting! I trust you’ll be back in Atlanta soon.


August 31st, 2010
10:59 pm

Great, I never knew thischi flat irons , thanks.