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Police say farewell at MSG

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In 1986, The Police walked off stage after playing a six song set, which featured U2’s Bono on vocals of “Invisible Sun,” after playing the end of a benefit concert for Amnesty International at Giant Stadium in New Jersey. After that, the biggest band in the world just disappeared, and for 22 years, aside from a two-and-off set at Stings wedding and a four song set at their Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction, were gone for good, with a promise from their leader, the well-versed Sting, that he would have to be “certifiably insane” to reunite the band. That being said…

The Police wound up their 2 year world reunion tour on August 7th to a capacity crowd. The power trio of Sting, Stewart Copeland and Andy Summers wowed fans for the final time at Madison Square Garden to benefit city organizations. The tour, which sold nearly 3.7 million tickets world-wide and grossed nearly $358,000,000 over 151 shows, ends up as the third largest tour in history.

The group, led by a scruffy looking Sting, surprised everyone by opening with a cover of Cream’s “Sunshine of Your Love” before being joined by the NYPD band for a drum line-driven version of “Message in a Bottle” before running into the regular set.

A few songs into the set, Sting stopped to thank his band mates for “for your musicianship, your companionship, your friendship, your understanding, your patience with me.” He Added, “The real triumph of this tour is that we haven’t strangled each other. Not that it hasn’t crossed our minds.”

Another special moment for the band was during “Every Little Thing She Does is Magic,” when Sting was joined on stage by his daughters and Andy Summers by his son, who danced with the music and gave gifts to their famous fathers.

After playing through tight versions of “Wrapped Around Your Finger,” “De Do Do Do, De Da Da Da,” “Invisible Sun,” and “Can’t Stand Losing You,” the band stepped off stage for a few minutes, and over the video screens, backstage footage of Sting being shaved by two blondes while the band laughed and joked around behind him played. While Sting was being cleaned up, Andy Summers came on stage, queing the beginning of the first encore, which opened with a cover of The Jimi Hendrix Experience’s “Purple Haze,” which led into “Roxanne,” “King of Pain,” a special version of “So Lonely” which showcased the talents of Stewart and Andy, which was followed by the classic, “Every Breath You Take” for the final time.

The band stepped off stage once more here, before returning for one last song, a minor hit off their first album, “Next to You.” After the song, the band embraced, confetti rained and a roadie dressed as the “fat lady” came out and sang, and the Looney Tunes, “That’s all, Folks” theme blared through the loud speakers at MSG as the band walked off stage for the final time.

And with that, it was over, again, with the band disappearing into the darkness for the final time.


Written by Westfield State College

August 30, 2008 at 10:58 pm

Posted in A&E, Reviews

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