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Hiyo hiyay hiyayo

Sept 13th, and finally the long-awaited day had come. I met my sister near her place of work in the late afternoon and together we took the train into the capital, where The Police would be playing the Ajax football club stadium, otherwise known as the Amsterdam ArenA (don't ask me why that last A is a capital; it's probably a marketing ploy). We chanced on some bramble bushes on the way from the station to the venue, and gathered some brambles for our dinner, which was just as well as once inside the stadium we found that all the available options for snacks were meat-based (and my sister is a strict vegetarian), apart from some fairly inedible chips which tasted like they'd been fried two days before, and which we chucked.

The place was slow in filling up, and the support act played to a fairly inattentive crowd, receiving a polite applause at the end of their set. They were alright, I suppose; and their frontman surprisingly uttered a few sentences in almost accentless Dutch. They didn't introduce themselves (or if they did, I missed it), and our seats, although affording us an excellent view of the stage, were too far away for me to be able to read the band name on the projection screen behind them, but from anonypooh's report of the Twickenham concert last Saturday, I guess it's safe to bet that it was Sting's son Joe and his mates rocking away up there. *)

Anyhoo...

The Police. What can I say, what words can I use to describe the gig and the effect their performance had on the crowd and on us? Of course, they were brilliant and fantastic and the crowd went mad with delight when hit after hit filled our ears -- we sang along and danced in our seats (luckily for me and my recovering ankle, no one in the stands actually stood up until the very end of the show), and threw our whole being into chanting the distinctive "hiyo hiyay hiyayo" wherever and whenever it fit into the proceedings. A marvelous time was had by all; but unfortunately today, I feel like an old, old woman. Honestly, I think I might be getting too old for this gigging malarkey; my body just can't keep up with the pace anymore.















I had never ever in my life taken any video before. In hindsight, trying out my non-existent skillz in that respect on The Police may not have been one of my best ideas.





ETA: *) = it was indeed Joe Sumner, and the band are called Friction Plane.

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freakspawn
Sep. 14th, 2007 05:04 pm (UTC)
Sounds like you had a marvellous time! The video sound is really quite good, usually you get really bad quality sound at big gigs like that!
gamiila
Sep. 14th, 2007 05:41 pm (UTC)
We had a truly awesome time, but it was over all too soon. They played for a good hour and a half, and we must have heard all of their biggest hits in that time, and some of their smaller ones too -- and it's amazing how word perfect we still were on the lyrics to them all! ;-)

The video sound is really quite good

Is it? I accept your greater knowledge of these things, but I'm not particularly impressed by it, knowing what the sound quality was like at the event.

Hey, lucky lady that got to see Prince for the second time this year and didn't even have to pay for her ticket: you sure he hasn't banned the sharing of pictures taken at his shows, too? (What a f*cking liberty!).
freakspawn
Sep. 15th, 2007 10:38 am (UTC)
That's the sign of a good show when you feel it's over too soon!

Yep, but I do know what you mean!

Well he's banned the taking of photos so technically there shouldn't be any photos to share hahahaha!
gamiila
Sep. 15th, 2007 10:54 am (UTC)
He's such a control freak! I'm glad you managed to snap a few pictures despite the injunction, and show us what a good time you've had.
curiouswombat
Sep. 14th, 2007 06:45 pm (UTC)
Yay! Yes - you were definitely there - one to remember that one!
gamiila
Sep. 14th, 2007 06:55 pm (UTC)
I'll always be glad that after 20-odd years, I finally managed to see one of my favourite bands of my formative years live in concert. Last night was worth every ache and pain I'm suffering today!
enigmaticblues
Sep. 14th, 2007 09:24 pm (UTC)
That sounds like an awesome concert! And I wish you a speedy recovery!
gamiila
Sep. 15th, 2007 10:41 am (UTC)
I wouldn't have missed it for the world, and the aches and pains that came with it? Well worth it!
anonypooh
Sep. 14th, 2007 10:43 pm (UTC)
sounds familiar!!! The Police broke my video *LOL* ... well I can take it and play it back on the computer ok .. but playback sound on the camera itself is a no go!

David has put his London date up Nov 6th! No trumpet mentioned. 6th is good - Whatever he does - I can't do the 5th .. seeing the Storys (come with?!)... sounds like an excuse for a sleepover in town!
gamiila
Sep. 15th, 2007 10:44 am (UTC)
I'll take the whole first week of Nov off, so a sleepover in London is a definite possibility as far as I'm concerned! Let's hope we can start laying our gigging plans soon.
julchek
Sep. 15th, 2007 10:20 pm (UTC)
Way cool, G! Enjoyed the snippet of video - go Sting!

Glad you had a good time - big hugs!
gamiila
Sep. 16th, 2007 07:27 am (UTC)
Hey Julie, good to see you! How are you? Big hugs back!
james_translate
Sep. 22nd, 2007 12:17 pm (UTC)
Oooh, cool! They'll be playing in Paris next week-end, and I was still hesitant to go (it's damn expensive). Because their show where they announced the tour wasn't 100% convincing to me.

But after reading your report, I'll definitely go :D
gamiila
Sep. 24th, 2007 06:21 pm (UTC)
They'll be playing in Paris next week-end, and I was still hesitant to go

There's still tickets to be had? Both dates they had here in Amsterdam sold out within 20 minutes (quite a feat for a band that hasn't performed on stage together for the best part of a quarter of a century)!

Anyway, if you do go -and you say you definitely will- then all I can say is: I hope you'll have just as great a time as we had. Or greater, even.
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