I couldn’t believe it! I was about to meet Sting! Yes, I realize that he is the William Shatner of rock-n-roll (I can’t remember who called him that, but it seems to fit, doesn’t it?), but at the time he was my musical hero and he was still living off the greatness of being the leader of the Police.
“Sting!” we shouted. He politely glanced and waved in our direction.
We were at The Tonight Show. My wife (my girlfriend at the time) and I were in Los Angeles staying with a friend for a week. When we were planning the trip, we had talked about trying to get in to see The Tonight Show. Jay Leno had recently taken over as host and Branford Marsalis was the band leader. Having loved Branford’s music for a while, we were thrilled at the chance to get to see him live and at The Tonight Show.
When we got there, though, we were so caught up in visiting Hollywood, Beverly Hills, and the rest of the coast that we basically forgot about The Tonight Show until Tuesday night. Jen suggested that we call in the morning and see about tickets. We woke up at 9:00 Wednesday morning and Jen called NBC studios to see if they had tickets for the show. She screamed and almost dropped the phone when they told her that our favorite artist, Sting, was the guest for that day’s show! There was only one problem – they started handing out tickets at 8:30am! So, we got ready to go as quickly as we could and high-tailed it to the studio to see about getting tickets to the show. When we got there, there was no one in line. My heart sank. They must be out of tickets already, I thought. But, since we had come this far, we went up and asked if they had two left.
“Here you go,” said the ticket agent as she handed us two tickets. I couldn’t believe it! We had tickets! However, tickets don’t guarantee access to the show, the ticket agent informed us. You have to stand in line at the studio and, if they have seats available, then you’ll get in. So, we cancelled our plans for the day and stood in line for a few hours. As it turned out, we were the fifth and sixth people in line and we did get in for the show! In fact, we were seated two rows in front of Sting’s wife!
To make a long story short, the band was great, Sting was great, Jay was funny, Marilu Henner (from the TV show Taxi) made a fool of herself by fawning all over Sting, and we even got to meet Branford before the show! It was turning out to be one of the greatest days of our lives. The only week of our lives that either of us had been in California and we just happened to get to see Sting on The Tonight Show?! Yes, there is a God who loves us very much. Of this I have no doubt.
“Sting!” we shouted…
Imagine what it would be like to meet your hero. Someone you never imagined you’d get a chance to meet. What would you do? What would you say?
“Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” Many rebuked him and told him to be quiet, but he shouted all the more, “Son of David, have mercy on me!”
Jesus stopped and said, “Call him.”
So they called to the blind man, “Cheer up! On your feet! He’s calling you.” Throwing his cloak aside, he jumped to his feet and came to Jesus.
“What do you want me to do for you?” Jesus asked him.
The blind man said, “Rabbi, I want to see.”
“Go,” said Jesus, “your faith has healed you.” Immediately he received his sight and followed Jesus along the road.
– Mark 10:47-52
Wow. Imagine that for a moment. Blind. Begging for food. You hear about a man who heals people. Not only that. Some say he’s the Messiah, about whom you’ve heard your whole life. There’s no use in hoping, though. You’ll never even get near him. Then, a miracle happens. You overhear some passersby talking about this very man, Jesus, and he’s here! He’s walking along the road where you are! What do you do? What do you say?
“I want to see.”
Well, just so I don’t leave you hanging, here is the rest of the Sting story.
“Sting!” we shouted, even more loudly. He waved again, but continued talking to his manager. After a couple more attempts to get his attention , it was clear Sting wasn’t coming over to meet us. Pompous has-been. 🙂 Oh well. It was still an amazing day. I wonder what I would have said, had he graced us with his presence.
What would you say?