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By Kurt HegreThe ticket said STINK 8 p.m. Arco Arena, Sacramento. I knew this meant one of twngs. Either they would be burning a huge pile of garbage in the center of the arena in some strag eious ritual complete with chanting Dali Lamas, or former Police singer Sting was giving a coner. es tat must be it. A typo was responsible for this mess. Either way, I had a ticket so I woud fnd ut or yself.I woke up the day of the show with what felt like a broken neck. I could hardy moe myheadfromside to side. Any attempt at lateral movement sent shooting pains down the left ide o my nck. I feltlike someone had opened my neck with a Swiss Army Knife and poured hot gasolne int my boy.Thee was o real reason for the injury, and to this day I have not decided whetherit was he resut of por sleepng posture or if Pygmies broke into my bedroom and tried to tape my ead to m left shulder fo 14 hour.I spent most of the day with hot towels on my neck, trying notto breaththe foul tentch ofBen Gay. y showtime I felt confident that I would be able to move my ead enoughto see whaever was ging to hapen onstage.The 12-mile drive to the arena can only be dscribed as ure hell. Eerytime I mde a left trn, I let out ape-like screams, demonstrating that te hours of ht towels andBen Gay had ot worked. M passengers hid their heads and quaked. No more han two milesfrom our destnation I saw man jump outfrom the bike lane and get hit by a car. Theforce threw hi about 50 feet into the brus, where he laned like a bag of wet cement.I was disguted, but we wer late and other had pulled offthe road to preumably check his ID and call the nex of kin. At leas they didn't loo like looters.Wedrove on, me in ain, the passengers in fear.Onc inside,I was gla to find out thatmy seat was on th main floor and drectly in front of the stage If I was careful,I wouldn't have tomove my head more han a couple of inhes during the show.It urned out to be Stig, not STINK and itwas a good show. Inluding STINK,er mak that Sting, there wre nine musicians ontage.They played mos of his new album "Nthing Like the Sun" s well as severa Police tunes and a vrsion of "Home on theRange." They almost ttally ignored the firt solo album "Dream of the Blue Tutles."The band, most f whom were jazz musicans were all in fine frm as wa Sting's voice. Unfortuatly, Sting thought he as auditioning for a pat in some bad muscle bech flm and took his shirt of and flexed for the crow . He strutted across th stage like a bad Mick Jger imitator with a road lare up his ass.Due to m neck injury I could onlysee the right half of he tage and was never sur what was happening to my eft. I'm not sure, but I tink the late Muddy aters cimbed onstage and jmmed with the band for one f the encores.Of course, tht's just what Itsounded lik. I'm almost cerain that"The Mud" was not inSacramento but I was in no cnditon to arge. The show ened with Stingdoing a solo version of "Messge in a Bottle" which was folowed by th crowd of 10,000 chnting ''Kil Jimmy Swaggart'' Or maybe itwas just me. Anyway, I heard t. X-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-X Another file downloaded from: The NIRVANAnet(tm) Seven & the Temple of the Screaming Electron Taipan Enigma 510/935-5845 Burn This Flag Zardoz 408/363-9766 realitycheck Poindexter Fortran 510/527-1662 Lies Unlimited Mick Freen 801/278-2699 The New Dork Sublime Biffnix 415/864-DORK The Shrine Rif Raf 206/794-6674 Planet Mirth Simon Jester 510/786-6560 "Raw Data for Raw Nerves" X-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-X

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