THE SCENE: Monday night, after the first of Sting's five sold-out L.A. performances at the Wiltern Theater. Sting must be a music executive's dream: He gets described in magazines as "intelligent" and "sensitive," he gets involved with good causes like the peace movement and the rain forests (even his posters announce that they're printed on recycled paper), and he attracts people like Bruce Springsteen to his events. And his latest album, "The Soul Cages," just went platinum in its second week of release. Such selflessness deserves more than a mere plate of cold cuts backstage, and A&M Records pulled out all the stops for their golden boy at the Atlas Bar and Grill.
THE BUZZ: You could either talk about how terrific, how breathtaking, how mind-boggling the concert was, or you could impress fellow party-goers by talking at a meant-to-be-overheard volume about how well you know Sting. Some people did both.
WHO WAS THERE: A lineup of musicians and actors who were more VH-1 than MTV material: Springsteen, Kenny Loggins, Joni Mitchell, Stewart Copeland, Billy Idol, Don Henley, Jeff Bridges, Judge Reinhold, Michael Keaton, and more. Most of the guests looked like the kind of good folks who buy biodegradable diapers, boycott grapes whenever they're told to do so, and tape "thirtysomething" on Tuesday nights.