The Police are back on the road this year for the 1st time in two decades, in one particular of the most eagerly anticipated tours of current years.
As a single of the most definitive post-punk/early new-wave bands, The Police made their name in the late seventies with their distinctive punk-meets-pop-meets-reggae sound, although displaying off a carefully contrived peroxide blonde look. The mix served them well as they made a series of 5 productive albums before breaking up in 1984.
Comprising Sting (a.k.a. Gordon Sumner) on lead vocals and bass guitar, drummer Stewart Copeland, and lead guitarist Andy Summers, the trio took benefit of the growing medium of new musical videos and a common public weariness with punk and pop music. They started with a raw, punk-inspired energy-pop sound, but evolved quickly into producing much much more complex material, both musically and lyrically, enabling reggae and jazz influences to become increasingly apparent in their music.
In their seven years, they amassed five U.K. number 1 singles, four U.K. number 1 albums, with sales of Synchronicity going platinum eight occasions in the U.S., as properly as hitting quantity 1 on both sides of the Atlantic. They are the recipients of two Brit awards and six Grammy’s.
Discography (original studio albums only):
Outlandos d’Amour – Nov 1978, UK #6
Reggatta de Blanc – Oct 1979, UK #1
Zenyatta Mondatta – Oct 1980, UK #1
Ghost in the Machine – Oct 1981, UK #1
Synchronicity – Jun 1983, UK #1
Even though the band enjoyed each critical and commercial accomplishment, they fought incessantly and typically violently (to the point that Stewart Copeland reportedly broke one particular of Sting’s ribs throughout a scuffle). The tumultuous partnership amongst band members was documented by Copeland who lately compiled personal archived footage and released it as a film. Everyone Stares: The Police Inside and Out premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2006, an event that numerous credit as the getting the primary spur behind the band deciding on a come-back tour.
Sting’s son Joe Sumner and his band, Fiction Plane, are presently supporting The Police on the North American leg of their world tour, which is continuing through the summer season and then once more in November. In October the band are set to come to the UK for numerous dates in England, Wales and Ireland.
Fans can expect a simple set with a black amphitheater style and several video screens suspended discretely overhead to show close-ups of the band members. They are touring with no back-up singers or accompanying musicians, specific effects or gimmicks, which is bound to maintain the purists happy.
The set list is a straight-up, no apologies “ideal of”, but most folks attending these gigs will be wanting precisely that a trip down memory lane and to hear some of the greatest musical tracks ever written and performed.
Forthcoming UK Dates:
6 October – Croke Park, Dublin, Eire
15 October – M.E.N. Arena Manchester
16 October – M.E.N. Arena Manchester
19 October – Cardiff Millennium Stadium, Wales
20 October – Wembley Arena, London
Certainly, a single of the most eagerly anticipated tours of current years.