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June 14, 2007

The King of Pain

Police2_2After 24 years of not seeing my favorite band from the 80’s, I  and thousands of others witnessed history at the giant Oakland Stadium with the reunion of The Police.  When I was 17, 24 years ago, I went to this same stadium and sat in about the same seats to witness the best “Day on the Green” of all time. “A new wave day” – The Police, Thompson Twins, Oingo Boingo and The Fixx.  As a high schooler, this was equivalent to seeing The Beatles in the 60’s. It was (as they say in the 80’s) awesome.  I remember not knowing one song from the playlist (from their earliest album that I didn’t have) and I went home and immediately bought the album and memorized the liner notes.  I was into it. 

For those of you who missed the 70’s and 80’s in the Bay Area, “Day on the Greens” were fantastic. They were all day concerts with open lawn seeting. You brought a blanket and hung out in the sun all day drinking beer that you weren’t supposed to have.  I saw Journey twice, David Bowie and of course the King of Pain, Sting and The Police.  I’m not sure but I think the ticket was $15.  Remembering those days, I can’t believe my parents let me go to those concerts. We would leave mid day and not return until late night with cigarette burns in clothes and who know what else.

But for me and many 40 somethings, these were some of the best times of our lives. Last night the Police concert was basic. They played all the hits, had no backup bands and a simple stage. But it was still brillant and memories were flying. I was out of my seat the entire time. My husband wasn’t as impressed since he is a mediocre fan but I loved it.  Even if Stewart thought that Sting was a "petulant pansy". Sting could have yodeled for 3 hours and I would have been happy.  We pretended we were 17 for awhile and had a beer in the parking lot until some guy burst our bubble and made fun of our car seats.  I thought the crowd would be boring- everyone was in their 40’s and 50’s but they were reliving their youth just like me.  (I didn’t realize so many people still smoked pot!) Thank you Sting, Stewart, Andy for letting us middle aged moms and dads experience high school and our youth one more time.