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Old 01-26-2007, 12:35 PM   #151
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A friend of mine is really excited about this and has mentioned she'd go if this came true, and asked me if I'd go with her.

If she gets the tickets, I might consider it.
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Old 01-26-2007, 05:22 PM   #152
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Here is a clip of the latest rumor on Canadian radio:

http://www.rock101.com/shows/blog_me...7226&med=29756
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Sting -- I'll be watching you

Chantal Eustace, Vancouver Sun
Published: Friday, January 26, 2007
"Where's Sting?"

"Are the Police around?"

"Yoohoo. Sti-in-g."

Skulking around back lanes at the North Shore Studio lot, I scurry from building to building looking for that tantric crooner -- and hopefully his musical buddies.

My undercover operation isn't random or without reason. The local rumour mill -- fuelled by an e-mail to a radio station from someone who spotted Sting at the studio -- has fans humming "do, do, do, dah, dah, dah" and straining to glimpse the '80s pop sensation.

Sting and friends are reported to be on-site rehearsing for a reunion tour, their first in two decades.

"They are apparently registered [at the studio] under the name 'Sting and Friends,' " says Crosby McWilliam of Rock 101. He says tips have been coming in from fans and sleuths alike. Billboard.com even picked up the story Thursday.

Earlier this week Rollingstone.com reported that the group had signed on to play at the Grammys on Feb. 11. (Spokeswoman Jennifer Keppell of The Grammys told The Vancouver Sun that "there is nothing to confirm at this point.")

On the subject of a reunion, Sting has been widely quoted saying: "We started 30 years ago, so it would be nice to do something to celebrate. We don't quite know what, but we're talking about it."

Makes you feel like shouting out "Roxanne" doesn't it?

"It's very exciting," McWilliam says.

So, here I am, in the back area of Studio Four, watching a cleaning crew sweep the floor of an empty space and contemplating how I could stuff a message in a bottle to give to Sting, hoping to find The Police.

"Have you seen Sting?"

A man shakes his head and shouts a response: "We all know he's here, though."

But where?

"Over there, I think," he points towards Studio Two.

After circling around the entire lot, I find a group of men and women sitting in a tent outside Studio Two. They direct us back to Studio Five.

"It's definitely Studio Five," says a man with an English accent. "He's there."

This is more like it. Catering vans, construction and the bustle of activity seem promising. But there's no high-pitched pop rhythms or synth guitar riffs.

It's quiet. One carpenter shakes his head and says: "They've gone skiing for the day, I think. He was here yesterday."

Unfortunately, after dodging detection for about 30 minutes --even hiding in some shrubs at one point -- I and photographer Ian Lindsay get ousted.

"Who are you?" asks a man who identifies himself as a security guard. Busted, we confess to our Sting stalking. (He doesn't call The Police.) We follow him to a building and up some stairs to the head office.

While none of the staff would comment on the record, one receptionist did say: "They're not here today. They'll be back tomorrow."

The operation hasn't been a total bust, though, since everyone I spoke to agreed that Sting was around.

"Where did you hear that from?" asks Stephen McGrath of Universal Records. "Everyone's believing each other's hype . . . . Eight other [reporters] have called me."

So he hasn't heard about any Police reunion on the North Shore?

"The band hasn't existed for years," says McGrath. "I honestly have no idea. I have zero things to offer other than I love them, that'd be awesome . . . . It'd be wicked."

Sting's publicist Tracy Bufferd couldn't be reached for comment at press time.

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Police rehearsing in N. Van?
Lions Gate Studios: Reunion tour rumoured for 'Roxanne' anniversary

Stuart Derdeyn, The Province; with News Services
Published: Friday, January 26, 2007
Every little thing the Police ever did was magic to the band's fans. Yesterday morning, Rock 101 FM's Bro' Jake Show reported that the '80s rockers were rehearsing in town at North Vancouver's Lions Gate Studios, preparing for a highly-anticipated 30-year reunion tour.

No one was available officially to confirm or deny the report. A receptionist would only allow that "there have been a lot of calls this morning."

Rock 101 received unconfirmed reports Wednesday night that two large semis arrived at the studio and started unloading gear marked with Police logos and those of its former lead singer, Sting. The radio station reported some Sting sightings on the slopes of Whistler yesterday, too.

Rumours of the platinum-selling, platinum-blond act returning to the stage to perform have circulated since March 2003, when the Police last played together at their induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland.

They heated up again last month when a story in the United Kingdom's Daily News reported that the group would tour this summer in celebration of the 30th anniversary of the release of its first major single, "Roxanne."

On Jan. 3, www.sting.com confirmed the story. On Jan. 14, Sting pretty much admitted to a coming tour when he told the Television Critics Association that all former members were talking.

"We started 30 years ago, so it would be nice to do something to celebrate," Sting is quoted as saying. "We don't quite know what, but we're talking about it."

Talk of a Police presence at the Grammy telecast on Feb. 11 from Los Angeles' Staples Center is also circulating.

Rollingstone.com was awash in submissions that the band would tour in North America, Europe and Asia. A total of 80 dates is being considered.

Talk is that the combo will appear in April at the Coachella Valley Music Festival in California, which has a history of booking retro '80s acts as headliners. Fuelling these reports is that "Roxanne" is supposedly the sign-on password for the early ticket sales, which start tomorrow at 10 a.m.

If the Police are indeed rehearsing in Vancouver, it joins a growing list of superstars using the city as a pre-tour practice and opening-night locale.

U2 and the Rolling Stones used GM Place for rehearsal space in 2006, while Nickelback and Foo Fighters have used Pacific Coliseum. Bob Dylan spent four days over Thanksgiving at the Commodore. Country singer Dierks Bentley recently holed up at Pacific Coliseum before beginning his latest tour. Previous years have seen Janet Jackson, Aerosmith and others take advantage of Vancouver's relative anonymity and world-class technical crews.

"More often that not, tours will start or end here and, honestly, the difference in the exchange rate is still sympathetic for artists," says Ian Low of promoter House Of Blues.

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GROUP'S METEORIC RISE

Members: Sting (b. Gordon Sumner), Stewart Copeland and first guitarist Henri Padovani. Andy Summers replaced Padovani on guitar shortly after the band formed in '77.

First Single: "Fall Out," late '77, sold 70,000 copies as an indie release.

First U.S. Single: "Roxanne," spring of '78. Reached No. 12 in the U.K.

First Album: Outlandos d'Amour, '78.

First No. 1 U.K. and North American Hit: "Message In A Bottle," fall '79.

North American breakthrough: Zenyatta Mondatta, fall '80, and "Don't Stand So Close To Me."

First U.K. and North American No. 1 CD and single: Ghost In The Machine, 1981, and the hit "Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic."

© The Vancouver Province 2007

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Old 01-26-2007, 05:53 PM   #155
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More Canadian radio rumors about "POLICE GEAR" being unloaded at the studio:

http://www.rock101.com/shows/blog_me...7181&med=29684

plus, new rumor on stingus.net says the following:

"Just came back from the "DIVA-AWARDS" in Munich tonight. Spoke to chief executive of BMG Music... it's happening...starting at the Grammy's. Two new songs will be recorded and be featured on the new best of album. After that, the tour will start. Thats it, nothing more, nothing less!"

The radio interview also mentioned that they are going to be filming a video in Vancouver?!?!?!
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U2 and the Rolling Stones used GM Place for rehearsal space in 2006, while Nickelback and Foo Fighters have used Pacific Coliseum. Bob Dylan spent four days over Thanksgiving at the Commodore. Country singer Dierks Bentley recently holed up at Pacific Coliseum before beginning his latest tour. Previous years have seen Janet Jackson, Aerosmith and others take advantage of Vancouver's relative anonymity and world-class technical crews.
-U2 was 3/2005
-Stones were Spring 1999 at the Pacific Coliseum(the tour skipped Vancouver and would be 7 years before they returned)
-Sarah McLachlan has rehearsed here.
-Dylan I heard was 5 days - I also spotted him sidestage at the Vancouver Who gig Oct. 2006
-John Mayer rehearsed a tour in BC 2/2004
-Janet Jackson rehearsed 2, possibly 3, of her tours here.

I'm sure the Dio/Sabbath tour may even rehearse here since that's where Vancouver is hosting the opening gig.

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Old 01-27-2007, 12:38 AM   #157
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www.jackfm.com/onair/morning

January 26th has some additional "insider" information not found elsewhere from Bryan Adams manager's weekly 15 minute radio chat based in Vancouver.
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A little birdie told me they're going to be a Bonnaroo headliner.
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Well, I happened to be in the area today and I did not see them but there appeared to be lots of media types around
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Apparently, the initial Bonnaroo announcement has been postponed from Jan 31 to Feb 14 -- until after the Grammy's.
I think we can count on the Police headlining the 'roo if the 'roo-mors are true.
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The Rolling Stones rehearsed in July/August 2005 outside Toronto. There was a rumour that they might show up at Live8.
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Some more reports on The Police in Vancouver.


Dean Hill said...
RE: The absolutely latest on the Police in Vancouv
So far songs overheard:
Message in a Bottle
Syncronicity
Walking on the Moon
and others
and apparently sounding tight and EXCELLENT!!
January 26, 2007 - 4:00:40 PM

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RE: The absolutely latest on the Police in Vancouv
This just in in:
The Police, as of 10 this morning we're rehearsing at Lion's Gate. According to a source you can hear the boys rockin' out. As of 3:45 they were still hard at it.
Another source says they'll be here till February 7th.


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Miles Copeland is in Vancouver at the moment(touring with some dance troupe), but currently has nothing to do with Sting or The Police - He was their former manager and brother of the drummer.
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Miles Copeland is in Vancouver at the moment(touring with some dance troupe), but currently has nothing to do with Sting or The Police - He was their former manager and brother of the drummer.
Miles Copeland was the manager of The Police from 1978 through 1984 and then Managed Sting's solo career from 1985 until 2003. I'm not sure why Miles Copeland and Sting parted ways in 2003, I think Miles Copeland wanted to do something different. Ian Copeland, the booking agent for The Police as well as Sting's solo career unfortunately passed away in the spring of 2006. Ian Copeland played a huge role in the career of The Police and Sting. He is also a brother to Stewart Copeland and Miles Copeland. The Copeland's father, Miles Copeland jr., was a founding member of the OSS, which later became the CIA. The Copeland brothers spent most of their youth growing up in the middle east, with a considerable amount of time in Lebanon and Egypt. President Nasser of Egypt was a regular dinner guest at the Copeland's house.
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I would LOVE to go see these guys in concert! *dashes off to tell her friend, Ross*
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