In what is destined to be an historic run, the Police will embark on their first tour in 23 years, beginning May 28 at the GM Arena in Vancouver.
In what is destined to be an historic run, the Police will embark on their first tour in 23 years, beginning May 28 at the GM Arena in Vancouver. As part of a tour that will play arenas and stadiums internationally through the end of the year, the band will also headline the June 16 date of the Bonnaroo festival in Manchester, Tenn.
The group just finished a press conference and live rehearsal at the Whisky a Go Go in West Hollywood, Calif., and has already rocked through "Message in a Bottle," a medley of "Voices Inside My Head" and "When the World Is Running Down, You Make the Best of What's Still Around" and "Can't Stand Losing You"/"Reggatta De Blanc," which they admitted they barely remembered how to play. The Police's breakthrough hit, "Roxanne," was also performed.
As expected, the tour will be produced worldwide by the Next Adventure in association with RZO Entertainment, under the direction of Arthur Fogel, president of TNA and chairman of global music for TNA parent Live Nation. "I'm thrilled to be a part of bringing the Police to their fans after so long," Fogel said at the press conference.
The announcement comes in the wake of the Police's dynamic performance of "Roxanne" last night to open the Grammy Awards on CBS. "Ladies and gentlemen, we are the Police and we're back," Sting shouted as the group kicked into the song.
Talk of a Police 30th anniversary tour has been rampant in the previous weeks. The plan is for the Police to tour North America through the first week of August, then play the U.K. and Europe, returning to North America in late October.
The rest of the world will follow, including Mexico, South America, Japan and possibly Australia and New Zealand through the end of the year. About 80 shows are currently on the books, including 24 cities in North America. There also is the possibility that the Police will play several stadiums both in the U.S. and abroad, but as of now Fenway Park in Boston is the only confirmed stadium date. No festivals other than Bonnaroo are currently planned.
Best Buy is the North American sponsor of the tour; some proceeds will benefit the aid organization Water Aid. Tickets will be scaled primarily at $225, $90 and $50. Tickets for Vancouver, Toronto (July 22) and Montreal (July 25) will go on sale Feb. 17. Other markets, including Boston and New York (Aug. 1 and 3), will go on sale Feb. 20. Ticketmaster will orchestrate a pre-sale through a newly created Police tour Web site a few days prior to the general public onsales. It is highly likely that the Police will be the top-grossing tour of 2007.
Sting, guitarist Andy Summers and drummer Stewart Copeland split in 1984 amid internal tensions following the release of their most successful album, "Synchronicity," although they regrouped for a handful of concerts in 1986 before breaking up for good.
"I woke up one morning, it was about three months ago," he recalled. "This light bulb went off in my head: I'm going to call Andy and Stewart and tell them we should do a tour. I thought, well, it will surprise them. It will surprise the world, and it's surprising me too. It's very healing. It's a part of my life I've sort of run away from for 25 years. We're still fighting. We're still arguing about the music. (But) we have ways of navigating now that we didn't have before."
The Police's lone public performance prior to the Grammys was at the band's 2003 induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The group also played an impromptu set at Sting's 1992 wedding to Trudie Styler.
"The nature of the arguments were all about music. And also hairstyles," Sting said with a laugh. "We fought tooth and nail over the music, but as human beings, we always liked each other," Copeland added.
The group was mum on details about a potential tour set list or new studio recordings, but Sting acknowledged they would not play any of his solo material. "We're going to play songs we'll never play before," he said. "We have a lot of work to do in three months."
Fiction Plane, fronted by Sting's son Joe, will open the shows.
Here are the Police's tour dates:
May 28: Vancouver (GM Place)
June 6: Seattle (Key Arena)
June 9: Denver (Pepsi Center
June 15: Las Vegas (MGM Grand Garden Arena)
June 16: Manchester, Tenn. (Bonnaroo Festival)
June 18: Phoenix (US Airways Center)
June 26: Dallas (AmericanAirlines Center)
June 30: New Orleans (New Orleans Arena)
July 2: St. Louis (Scottrade Center)
July 22: Toronto (Air Canada Centre)
July 25: Montreal (Bell Centre)
July 28: Boston (Fenway Park)
Aug. 1, 3: New York (Madison Square Garden)