The Police Pick Madison Square Garden For Final Gig
The Police's last-ever show will be held Aug. 7 at New York's Madison Square Garden, with proceeds to benefit New York public television stations Thirteen/WNET and WLIW21.The Police's last-ever show will be held Aug. 7 at New York's Madison Square Garden, with proceeds to benefit New York public television stations Thirteen/WNET and WLIW21. Tickets will only be available via donations to the station, starting June 14.
That day, the stations will air a Police retrospective featuring new interviews with the band and vintage concert clips. Tickets will be sold to donors in pairs at four price levels: $150, $350, $500 and $750. Also available is a $5000 package featuring access to soundcheck, and a $2000 combo with prime seats and a private pre-show party.
Beginning Monday (June 9), members of the Police fan club will get first crack at tickets to the show, which will feature support from the B-52s. There is speculation that the concert will be broadcast at some point on public television, but details have yet to be announced.
When the basic details for the final show were announced last month during a New York press conference, the Police confirmed a $1 million contribution to Mayor Michael Bloomberg's MillionTreesNYC initiative to plant trees all over the city.
The Police's reunion tour began in May 2007 and was the top tour of the year at more than $212 million gross and nearly 2 million in attendance, according to Billboard Boxscore. Recent shows have seen the debuts of songs like "Hole in My Life," "Bring on the Night" and "Demolition Man," which were not on the set lists last year.
In related news, Sting will join Elvis Costello as performers in "Welcome to the Voice," an opera written by longtime Costello keyboardist Steve Nieve and Muriel Teodori. The Police frontman will be part of the ensemble from Nov. 20-25 in Paris.