It was a wonderful show, I've been to Amsterdam on the second night, that was very very good, but this was even better!
I've to say the sound in the Kölnarena (Cologne Arena) was much much better than in the Heineken Music Hall in Amsterdam, imo.
It started with the RB song and then the first sounds of why aye man, as every concert this tour so far, very good! So if you hear the RB song, watch it, it's gonna start! Anyway, it was like Knopflers style different from any other version you've heard before. Then walk of life, a little bit faster than in Amsterdam, Matts part on accordion was different too, it's amazing to see the guys playing the same song in 1000000 versions. What it is and sailing to philadelphia followed, they seemed to be more "solid", like the album versions but even beautiful as a live performed song. Another different intro to romeo & juliet, it was just wonderful to see the light reflecting from the steel guitar into your eyes, everything seems to be perfect at such a moment. Then sultans of swing, wow, it was solid as a rock as on the first straits record. My favourite song, done with bonaparte followed, with a long intro/start. Wonderful song, especially with Matt on accordion. Donegan's gone was a fantastic song live! MK's vocals were wonderful, it was just perfect. Then another favourite song of mine, rüdiger, oh, another wonderful (yeah, I was born together with that word or so) version. And a very big surprise for me, song for sonny liston with two solo's and and intro! It was so different from any other version I heard, a real surprise, actually, the whole concert was one big surprise but anyway. Boom, like that was the next one, also just played perfect as if it was in a studio, fantastic! After the blow-your-ears-song, speedway at nazareth, came telegraph road, meanwhile, the crowd walked to the stage and some securityman tried to stop it in some way, anyway, Mark said him to "go away" in sort of way. The correct words he used is in another review above. :P The encores: brothers in arms, money for nothing and so far away are some songs you can't without. Nice to hear them live as well! Makes a perfect day with a amazing show complete imo. :D I was wondering what he'd play as last song, it was the mist covered mountains followed by local hero. It was such an honor to hear that song live from THE man himself and Guy!
If you still have to wait for a concert, well, don't worry, IT WILL BE FANTASTIC! Enjoy your show!