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Review: Sting and Shaggy superb at Pier 17 in New York City Special

Posted Sep 27, 2018 by Markos Papadatos
On September 26, global music stars Sting and Shaggy performed at Pier 17 in New York City, for a great turnout of fans.
Shaggy and Sting
Shaggy and Sting
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They kicked off their set with "Englishman/Jamaican in New York," where both artists paid homage to their roots. With this song, they instantly immersed their listeners in their set. It was followed by "44/876," the title track of their collaborative album, as well as "Morning Is Coming."
"Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic" had a neat groove to it, and equally impressive was "If You Can't Find Love." Their live versions of "Message in a Bottle," "Fields of Gold" and the liberating "If You Love Somebody Set Them Free," were refreshing and distinct.
Despite the heavy rain, both acclaimed singer-songwriters interacted with the fans well. There was something in it for everybody. "Dreaming in the U.S.A." was one of the highlight tracks of their new album
After a laid-back version of The Police's "So Lonely," they closed with the fan-favorite "Roxanne," which was incorporated as a medley with Shaggy's "Boombastic," which was sheer bliss.
They returned for a spell-binding rendition of "Desert Rose," which happens to be this journalist's personal favorite Sting tune, and Shaggy's "It Wasn't Me" was a pure classic. They concluded with a well-received version of The Police's "Every Breath You Take."
Their 44/876 album is available on all digital retailers by clicking here.
The Verdict
Overall, Sting and Shaggy brought their mellow vocals to Pier 17 in New York City, and the result was magical.
Despite the pouring rain, Sting and Shaggy had their fans with them every step of the way, and their collaborations were a match made in musical heaven. They are worth seeing live together whenever they perform in town. Their live concert at the Seaport District in New York garnered an A rating.
Read More: Shaggy chatted with Digital Journal about his album and tour with Sting.