Sting features new songs alongside classics by the Police

It’s been a good while since Sting strapped on his bass for a straight-ahead rock ‘n’ roll tour, but that’s how fans found him on Wednesday for the first of two nights at the Hollywood Palladium, salting songs from his new album, “57th & 9th,” perhaps the catchiest pop collection he’s done in two decades, between older solo hits and a healthy dose of classics by the Police.

At 65, the British rocker has written his musical, done his classical album, even gone through the late-career lute phase that most rockers do — kidding! — and now seems perfectly happy to go back to the basics for a bit, with a show that revisited all of the irresistible melodies laid atop rock and reggae and jazz and pop that long ago made your favorite Police chief a star in the first place.

And with 22 songs scattered across an hour and 45 minutes, the crowd in the sold-out…

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