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Bring On The Night - 1985

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Damn, what a band....and only a year after finishing the Synchronicity Tour. :bow:bow:bow
 

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Great band, great album. Great manager!

"It's not your table--it's Sting's table".
 

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that is an otherwise cool movie hurt somewhat by Sting's raging narcissism and self-importance...

Sting solo versions of Police tunes = the "Caddyshack II" of rock music.

Agree that is a smoking band though. Can't argue that.
 
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i loved that live album. at the time i loved jazz, and the police. seeing the two together was like a Reese's Peanut Butter Cup. when was the last time an honest to goodness Jazz Band hit the pop charts? I don't think US3's Cantaloop counts.
 

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Oddly enough, I just watched this yesterday.

RIP, Kenny Kirkland.
 

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that is an otherwise cool movie hurt somewhat by Sting's raging narcissism and self-importance...
I dunno, Daryl Munch sets a pretty high standard for ego too.

You don't see Branford talking about "equal say" and "a true band." He just shows and blows, and achieves all that Munch thought he might have wished to.
 
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i loved that live album. at the time i loved jazz, and the police. seeing the two together was like a Reese's Peanut Butter Cup.
I saw that film in the theater the weekend it opened (my roommate at the time was a huge Police fan....I lost interest after their first two albums). I was damn impressed, went to Tower Records and got the double cassette concert release.

A powerhouse jazz band playing some great pop melodies? Works for me.
 

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It was a natural progression for Sting IMO. After attending the 83 Omni concert I was surprised to see and hear the soulful, and great, backup singers. I wasn't sure what to make of it at the time and they felt a bit out of place. By the time of DOTBT Stewart was no longer around to spank Sting into submission by calling him out about his mega-ego. It's all good though. I didn't much care for that jazz-infused Sting period post Police (Sting was supposed to be the angst-driven vocalist as on the more recent Synchronicity II for example) but l do appreciate it more now for the musical direction change, not to mention super talents, on that record/tour. It was Sting's gig after all and the band is insanely good so what did I know at the time.

That "Caddyshack II" observation is spot on...Sting with that ensemble should have avoided the Police back catalog performances entirely IMO.
 

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I dunno, Daryl Munch sets a pretty high standard for ego too.

Let's be honest, there we no small egos in that film.

If you didn't know you could walk into a room full of the best of the best and hold your own, you wouldn't be there.
 

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Agree on Darryl Jones. Like seriously dude? You just got transplanted into the new band of one of the hottest rock stars on the planet, who just so happens to be a bass player. Play what he says and STFU.
 

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Agree on Darryl Jones. Like seriously dude? You just got transplanted into the new band of one of the hottest rock stars on the planet, who just so happens to be a bass player. Play what he says and STFU.
It also says something about Sting as well:
"I'm one of the hottest rock stars on the planet. I think I will start a new band, hire a kick ass bass player, and I'll stick to guitar for awhile."
 

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Let's be honest, there we no small egos in that film.

If you didn't know you could walk into a room full of the best of the best and hold your own, you wouldn't be there.
Agreed.

In Darryl's defense, Sting goes out of his way to describe it as a "band", so it is maybe understandable that Darryl expected some input in terms of what he was playing.
 

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anyone know what kind of gear sting was using? obviously a strat but what else?

i think for him to switch to guit was no big deal given how minimally important the guitar parts are to those arrangements.

No matter what Sting called it...if you are in a band you are either the singer or working for the singer. That's the truth. I think I read that in an interview with Stewart Copeland actually.

Interesting that Miles Copeland was still managing at this point...wonder what the backstory was....
 

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anyone know what kind of gear sting was using? obviously a strat but what else?
I don't know.
There is a rack & some speaker cabs behind him in the rehearsal clips, but I don't know if that is his.

I was wondering the same thing this morning. If the rack wasn't his, it sounds like a tried and true Roland JC-120 Jazz Chorus.
 

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i think for him to switch to guit was no big deal given how minimally important the guitar parts are to those arrangements.
I was talking about handing over the bass duties to someone better than himself, and being happy to take a backseat on the musical arrangements.

BTW, he's no slouch on guitar either.
 

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I was talking about handing over the bass duties to someone better than himself, and be happy to take a backseat on the musical arrangements.
I hear you, but he still wrote all the songs....sang lead...and telling the backup singers what harmonies to sing, etc. I'm sure all the forms of the songs and "features" of certain instruments were 95% through his direction.

I don't see Sting taking a backseat in this in any way shape or form. Him hiring a bunch of badass jazz musicians was just a move distance himself from his "rock" image...he talks about it in the first few minutes of the movie. "The first rock band I was ever in was the Police...jazz is more my roots"...

Really, you need the guy from Miles Davis band to play Driven To Tears??!?!??

Agree- he is a plenty capable guitarist in this format.
 

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I seem to remember on that tour Omar got elected to ask for a raise or they were going to walk.

Believe Sting said 'Bye'.

Haven't seen this movie. Need to delve into it. HUGE police fan,.
 

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Agree on Darryl Jones. Like seriously dude? You just got transplanted into the new band of one of the hottest rock stars on the planet, who just so happens to be a bass player. Play what he says and STFU.
True, but Darryl is 100x the bass player Sting is, both he and Sting know it, and he left Miles' band to do the Blue Turtles project. As pointed out, everybody in the movie is first-tier at what they do... a certain amount of ego is to be expected (same thing in The Police, btw -- in fact, Darryl's argument is essentially Stewart or Andy's argument, except the fact he's an employee, not a partner). It would be strange if there weren't any egos involved.
 






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