Sunday, February 11, 2007

The Police at the Grammys

[see updates below]

Our good pal Wardo just called me and asked me my prediction for what The Police will be playing at tonight's Grammy Awards show. My first thought was something a little bold, like "Driven to Tears" from Zenyatta Mondatta. Maybe they'll go even bolder, with something like their very first single "Fall Out" (the 30th anniversary of which they're celebrating with the soon-to-be-announced summer tour). I'm hoping they don't go the safe route of "Roxanne."

[UPDATE] Just got home from a baby shower, and ran to the TiVo. And, well, they went the safe route. But then, I guess, these are the Grammy's -- nothing edgy here. But the boys were looking fit and trim and ready for the world tour. I'll grab the video of the performance as soon as I can find it.

[UPDATE 2 - Tour News] Billboard has an exclusive scoop:
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, can exclusively reveal. 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.


Sources close to the tour exclusively tell that 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. Tickets will be scaled primarily at $225, $90 and $50. Tickets for Vancouver, Toronto and Montreal will go on sale Feb. 17. Other markets, including Boston and New York, will go on sale Feb. 20. Ticketmaster will orchestrate a pre-sale through a newly created Police tour website a few days prior to the general public onsales.

[UPDATE 3 - Grammy Performance Video]

[UPDATE 4 - Tour Dates]
As Kat noted in her comment to this post, The Police are coming to Seattle on June 6, the second stop after their opener in Vancouver. Here's the full list of venues so far at the newly unveiled Police Tour web site.


At 11:14 PM, Blogger kat said...

Taibbi had me in complete agreement until he had this to say:

Like most politics junkies I went on to read Primary Colors, and saw the movie (Emma Thompson's most horrifying role, with her terminal-cancer victim in Wit a distant second)

I mean WTF with the completely unnecessary Emma Thompson slam? Why will he not recognize her for the acting/writing genius she is? And has he really seen Wit? Tour-de-force is the words I'd use to describe her performance.

Besides, everyone knows her most horrifying role is in "Junior."

At 11:21 PM, Blogger kat said...

Okay, obviously it's late...I clearly meant for this comment to be on your earlier post. Dagnabbit.

At 11:05 AM, Blogger kat said...

I suppose it's okay that the Police played it safe. Sting's voice still sounds good--this performance is tight.

Speaking of "Roxanne"---do you remember that old SNL skit where Sting (as musical guest, I suppose) gets stuck in an elevator with Kevin Nealon who can't stop singing "Roxanne"---very badly?

Hopefully Seattle will be a stop on the tour, otherwise I guess it's a roadtrip to Vancouver.

At 12:12 PM, Blogger kat said...

Seattle, Key Arena, June 6th. Tickets on sale TBD


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