Police ( The ) - King Of Pain

First performance: 01/09/1988


Coverinfo

Bruce performed the song only once:
 
 
Full-band rehearsal the day before the Amnesty tour kicks off. Setlist under is sourced from an audience recording of poor quality (possibly recorded from outside the stadium). Many of the songs rehearsed are just partial takes. 

KING OF PAIN (instrumental, partial) / BORN IN THE U.S.A. / THE PROMISED LAND / COVER ME / TUNNEL OF LOVE (intro only) / CADILLAC RANCH (intro only) / TUNNEL OF LOVE / SPARE PARTS (intro only) / MY HOMETOWN / THUNDER ROAD (end only) / SHE'S THE ONE (intro only) / GLORY DAYS (intro only) / LIGHT OF DAY / BORN TO RUN (intro only) / CHIMES OF FREEDOM (intro only) / TRAPPED / TOUGHER THAN THE REST / BRILLIANT DISGUISE / TUNNEL OF LOVE (intro only) / PROVE IT ALL NIGHT (intro only)
 
 
 

Songinfo

"King of Pain" is a song by English rock band The Police, released as the final single from their fifth and final studio album Synchronicity (1983). Written by the band's lead singer and bassist Sting as a post-separation song from his wife, "King of Pain" conjures up symbols of pain and relates them to a man's soul. 
 
 
 

Bruce on the artist

Bruce and Sting became very close friends since the Amnesty International - Human Rights Now! tour. They go frequently on vacation together with their families.
 
 
 
Together they had 29 times live performances 

2016-12-14 Carnegie Hall, New York City, NY
2013-02-08 Los Angeles Convention Center, Los Angeles, CA
2011-10-01 Beacon Theatre, New York City, NY
2010-05-13 Carnegie Hall, New York City, NY
1995-04-12 Carnegie Hall, New York City, NY
1991-02-09 Sting Residence, Malibu, CA
1990-02-12 Greenacres, Beverly Hills, CA
1990-02-12 China Club, Hollywood, CA
1990-01-17 Waldorf-Astoria Hotel, New York City, NY
1988-10-15 Estadio Antonio Vespucio Liberti, Buenos Aires, Argentina
1988-10-14 Estadio Mundialista Mendoza, Mendoza, Argentina
1988-10-12 Parque Antártica, São Paulo, Brazil
1988-10-09 Stade Félix Houphouët-Boigny, Abidjan, Ivory Coast
1988-10-07 National Sports Stadium, Harare, Zimbabwe
1988-10-03 Olympiáko Stádio "Spyros Louis", Athens, Greece
1988-09-30 Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, New Delhi, India
1988-09-21 Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles, CA
1988-09-19 John F. Kennedy Stadium, Philadelphia, PA
1988-09-17 Olympic Stadium, Montreal, QC
1988-09-15 Maple Leaf Gardens, Toronto, ON
1988-09-13 Estadio Nacional De Costa Rica, San José, Costa Rica
1988-09-10 Camp Nou, Barcelona, Spain
1988-09-08 Stadio Comunale, Turin, Italy
1988-09-06 Népstadion, Budapest, Hungary
1988-09-05 Palais Omnisports De Paris-Bercy, Paris, France
1988-09-04 Palais Omnisports De Paris-Bercy, Paris, France
1988-09-02 Wembley Stadium, London, England
1988-08-24 Madison Square Garden, New York City, NY
1987-01-21 Waldorf-Astoria Hotel, New York City, NY 
 

Lyrics

There's a little black spot on the sun today
It's the same old thing as yesterday
There's a black hat caught in the high tree top
There's a flag pole rag and the wind won't stop
I have stood here before inside the pouring rain
With the world turning circles running 'round my brain
I guess I'm always hoping that you'll end this reign
But it's my destiny to be the king of pain
There's a little black spot on the sun today, that's my soul up there
It's the same old thing as yesterday, that's my soul up there
There's a black hat caught in a high tree top, that's my soul up there
There's a flag pole rag and the wind won't stop, that's my soul up there
I have stood here before inside the pouring rain
With the world turning circles running 'round my brain
I guess I'm always hoping that you'll end this reign
But it's my destiny to be the king of pain
There's a fossil that's trapped in a high cliff wall, that's my soul up there
There's a dead salmon frozen in a waterfall, that's my soul up there
There's a blue whale beached by a springtide's ebb, that's my soul up there
There's a butterfly trapped in a spider's web, that's my soul up there
I have stood here before inside the pouring rain
With the world turning circles running 'round my brain
I guess I'm always hoping that you'll end this reign
But it's my destiny to be the king of pain
There's a king on a throne with his eyes torn out
There's a blind man looking for a shadow of doubt
There's a rich man sleeping on a golden bed
There's a skeleton choking on a crust of bread
There's a red fox torn by a huntmen's pack, that's my soul up there
There's a black winged gull with a broken back, that's my soul up there
There's a little black spot on the sun today
It's the same old thing as yesterday
I have stood here before inside the pouring rain
With the world turning circles running 'round my brain
I guess I'm always hoping that you'll end this reign
But it's my destiny to be the king of pain
King of pain
King of pain, king of pain, I always be king of pain