World famous British singer Sting grabbed a broom and swept rain water off the stage of the ancient Odeon of Herodes Atticus on Saturday evening. The rain poured down short before the concert was to start. Wearing a trench coat, the music star had no problem to rush in aid of the staff who was trying to clean the stage. Sting swept and swept with quick and determined moves and concluded his work with a small bow to the audience.
The audience applauded with what it seemed “standing ovations” yet also due to the rain and the wet seats.
The concert started with a little delay due to the rainstorm that stroke the Greek capital.
The former frontman of Police was in Athens as part of his world tour but also to attend an event organized by Amnesty International over the Migration crisis.
Sting who is known for his activism blasted world leaders as “cowards” over the migration crisis. He praised Greece for all it has done towards the hundreds of thousands of refugees who cross the country after 2015.
“Thank God for Greece because you have shown the way,” said Sting, whose real name is Gordon Sumner, at an Amnesty International event in Athens.
“You have shown how to treat refugees when other people are building walls. When children are being taken from their mothers and put in cages, you are acting with compassion and generosity and commonsense,” he said.
“Because our so-called leaders, a sad parade of half-men, cowards, have not got the solutions … Once again Greece has shown us how to be civilized,” Sting said. Speaking to reuters he described the US “parents-children separation” policy as “brutal” and “barbaric.”
Sting’s statement come just hours before several leaders of EU-member states meet for a mini summit on Migration on Sunday afternoon. German Chancellor Angela Merkel has called for the summit after she came under pressure on the issue by her Bavaria coalition partner, arch-conservative CSU.
PS Not that EU leaders would care about Sting’s or X’s statements.