I remember Sting’s Bring On The Night concert as it was yesterday…
A group of five of us stayed over a mates place (who lived close to the venue) the night before to ensure that we got a good position in the queue. As it turned out, at 8am the next day we were the second group in the queue.
The whole day was full of us taking in turns going into the city and generally hanging out listening to music on one of those huge cassette players (now I’m showing my age here). The air of anticipation became thicker and thicker the closer we got to showtime.
When the gates eventually opened there was a mad rush to the front. I managed to position myself front and centre of the stage… It couldn’t get any better than that!
Seminal Aussie band Hunters and Collectors were the support act for that night and they had just released their landmark album “Human Frailty” that same year. They were fantastic but of course all eyes and ears were waiting for the main act.
When it was time for Sting to start there was a roar of applause from the capacity crowd and by this time anyone who was sitting on the ground were standing.
First to appear on stage was drummer Omar Hakim who kicked things off with an incredible drum solo that seemed to last forever but it was probably around 10 minutes at the most.
Then, Sting and the rest of band graced the Memorial Drive stage and proceeded to blow everybody away for the next 2 hours.
For me, this concert represented the closest thing I have come to a religious experience and after the final note was played I knew exactly what I wanted to do for the rest of my life and today, I’m still doing it.
Below is an example of what I experienced that night. The song is a medley of Bring On The Night and When The World Is Running Down from the Bring On The Night live album. Enjoy.
What was your first concert experience and how did it affect you? Let me know, I’d love to hear about it