If music be the food of love, the capacity crowd that gathered for the Paul Simon and Sting concert were certainly indulged with a sumptuous buffet spread of exceptional entertainment by these two legends sharing the stage. In a double bill that promised to be anything other than brilliant, the day could not have been any more perfect with glorious weather kissing the pristine garden surroundings that accommodated the estimated 11,000 people, who came to Coopers Brewery on Sunday.
It was evident from the massive queue waiting to get in that this was a much-anticipated event, and the organisers did an amazing job transforming the Coopers golf course into the Coopers Amphitheatre, which has now hosted the third event of its kind. Prior to the event, Glenn Cooper took the time to meet guests and proudly explained that profits from the day would be directed to the Coopers Foundation, which provides support to charitable organisations. A very generous gesture from one of the state’s most successful family ventures, it is little wonder that the brand keeps going from strength to strength.
As a gentle breeze made it’s way onto the green, Sarah Blasko commenced the entertainment schedule with a mostly soft, piano-laden set that, along with her cooling voice was a blissful match to the relaxing atmosphere that had built. Support acts often go unnoticed, but Blasko is well suited to this type of event and grabbed the attention of the attentive audience.
A brief interlude and then it was time for Paul Simon and Sting, who both kicked off with Brand New Day, The Boy In The Bubble and Fields Of Gold before Simon gave the stage to a bearded Sting for a time. Sting treated the crowd to hits like So Lonely and Walking On The Moon before Simon once again returned with his own repertoire of 50 ways To Leave Your Lover and his African inspired hits from both the Graceland and Rhythm Of The Saints albums. Most of the time there were a dozens musicians on stage supporting the two legends, and more impressively the show provided a homecoming for Adelaide singer Jo Lawry who has been providing backup vocals for Sting since 2009. The concert created a party atmosphere, with the wall of sounds ranging from blues and folk to Simon’s more lively Zydeco sounds. To see two contrasting performers playing together was indeed a special thing, and with over 90 years of musical experience between the pair we knew we were in for a real treat.
The show came to a close but of course there would be an encore- the crowd wouldn’t have accepted anything less! Both singers remained on stage after a rapturous applause and then launched into Cecelia, Every Breath You Take, and perhaps one of the most beautiful songs ever written- Bridge Over Troubled Water. But that wasn’t it just yet. After another bow they played a final song made famous by the Everly Brothers, When Will I Be Loved? It was a question that didn’t require an answer, for these two legends were certainly adored by fans that were given a spectacular show in an equally amazing venue on a perfect day.
This was Adelaide at it’s very best!
Reviewed by Darren Hassan
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