For Police fans who bought tickets to every Toronto show, the band's third ACC gig (their first two were back in July) might have been a bit disappointing. Sting 's voice is still as good as it was in the 80s, and the band is as tight as ever, but the set was almost identical to the previous shows, with only a couple of changes.
The group ran through all the hits, 'Message In A Bottle', 'Roxanne', 'Every Breath You Take' and the so on, in pretty much the same order. And the performance was gesture for gesture, too. Andy Summers and Sting stood back to back at the same parts, the solos didn't deviate from the script, and even Stewart Copeland 's crazy percussion kit was played exactly the same way it was months ago.
Of course, none of this mattered if this was the first time you saw them. It was a big rock show, and when people are paying hundreds for tickets, you don't mess with a good formula.
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