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Old 01-12-2007, 03:52 PM   #106
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Thanks so much for that, U2ITNOL! I have the audio but haven't seen the video in forever. It's always cool seeing two of your favorite bands perform together.
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Old 01-12-2007, 04:10 PM   #107
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Last night I dusted off my VHS recording of the MTV broadcast of that last Conspiracy of Hope concert in '86. Back when MTV wasn't cutting to commercials in the middle of reunion sets (ala Pink Floyd at Live8) or talking over performances.

I've uploaded Invisible Sun with Bono. Enjoy!

The Police - Invisible Sun with Bono -
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New Police news....


Sting May Be Reuniting With The Police
Monday, January 15, 2007

By Roger Friedman

It’s looking more certain than ever that Sting is about to reunite with his original band, The Police.

The signs are strong, with enough clues available so that even Colonel Mustard could figure it out. Here’s one: Yesterday, both former Policemen Andy Summers and Stewart Copeland were guests, with their families, at a Malibu birthday party for Sting’s better half, Trudie Styler. Their appearance caused quite a stir.

And on Thursday night at the Disney Music Hall in Los Angeles, Sting dedicated a lute version of “Message in a Bottle” to the pair of former comrades who happened to be seated in the auditorium.

Further investigation: Although Sting and his camp remain mum on the subject, sources do tell me that The Police will reform this summer to celebrate their 30th anniversary.

Such a tour makes sense for everyone, since a reunited Police would probably mean sold-out stadiums and arenas around the world. An announcement could come at any time.

And think of it: with U2 and the Rolling Stones having exhausted their audiences by now, the Police would have a clear shot this summer for record-breaking box-office numbers.

The Police only recorded five albums before breaking up in 1982, but their greatest hits remain radio staples a quarter century later. Since then, Sting has gone on to have an unparalleled hit solo career, while Summers and Copeland have concentrated on jazz and soundtrack composing.

Still, the group’s songs are widely known even to a new generation. “Every Breath You Take,” “Roxanne” and “Don’t Stand So Close to Me” are known to many different age groups.

If The Police do reunite — and there’s every reason to think they will — the impetus may have come from a documentary Copeland showed last year at the Sundance Film Festival called “Everyone Stares.” Icy relations among the three thawed when Sting attended a screening of the film.

Since then, Sting released his classical album, "Songs From the Labyrinth," which held the top spot on Billboard’s classical chart for 12 weeks.

Insiders say that Sting’s former reluctance to rejoin his mates is gone now that he’s accomplished pretty much everything he could in his solo career, at least for the moment.

Meanwhile, the birthday party for Styler, a low-key event held at their home not too far from last week’s devastating Malibu fires, attracted the likes of Robert Downey Jr., Courtney Love and Larry Hagman, who owned the house before the rock royalty couple.
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Some more Police news.........


Other news from the weekend at press tour:

•The Police may be headed your way.

Well, at least Sting is considering it. This year marks the 30th anniversary of the formation of The Police, and the band's famous former front man says he may take a break from his current lute obsession to reunite with drummer Stewart Copeland and guitarist Andy Summers.

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

Sting says this just seems like the right time to discuss the past, though he isn't sure what form that discussion will take, including whether there will finally be a long-awaited, much prophesized national reunion tour. (Told that Police and Van Halen are "the two big reunions the world is waiting for," Sting jokes "I'll join Van Halen.") But he does promise he'll do something with his old band mates.

"I'm deeply, deeply fond of both of them. I'm very proud of the band that we were in. I left the band because I felt I wanted to grow as a musician, to mature as a musician, and to try more things than a band is able to do. A band is very constricted. And you know, I spent the last 25 years exploring that freedom and having a great time doing it. We're still great friends. It is the 30th anniversary. We are discussing something. Don't know what, but definitely something."

Whatever he does with Police, Sting is not yet ready to stop exploring the lute and the music of 16th century British composer John Dowland. His album of Dowland songs, Songs From the Labyrinth, debuted on the top of Billboard's classical chart. And he'll do songs from the album on PBS for a February Great Performances special filmed at his manors in England and Italy.

The lute, he says, is far more than a musical lark. "I took this very seriously. I spent a lot of time studying and researching and took a lot of advice from people who have been in the realm for many years."

Normally, Sting says, this repertoire is sung by operatic singers. But he felt the immediacy and melancholy in Dowland?s music could be adopted to his ?pop singer? style, though doing so, he says, was a great challenge. And that?s not even considering playing the lute, a hard instrument to master.

?I think it?s good to put yourself through apprenticeship now and then to learn something new and really challenging. I?ve played guitar for many years. This is a different kind of animal altogether but I?m fascinated by it.?

And in some ways, says Sting, fascination is its own reward. ?Work is never wasted. If you do something well, it always helps the creative process. So whether you?ll hear it on another record, I don?t know. But it feels good. It feels like I?m doing something that I should be doing.?

Posted 1/14/2007 4:13 PM ET


http://www.usatoday.com/life/televis...resstour_x.htm
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Thanks for all of these great YouTube links, STING2. I'm saving them all like a madman, in case they're ever removed from the site. I had some of this footage on VHS, but the quality was awful.
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Thanks for all of these great YouTube links, STING2. I'm saving them all like a madman, in case they're ever removed from the site. I had some of this footage on VHS, but the quality was awful.
Its amazing how much stuff is out there, a lot of stuff I had never seen before. I would really like someone, if they have it, to put up the entire August 1980 Frejus France concert. The clips I have seen from that show are some of the best ever, in terms of performance and sound quality.
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I'm not sure if this actually confirms anything, but here is the latest from the Daily Mirror:



16 January 2007
STING SET FOR POLICE GIG RETURN
By Fiona Cummins
ROCK star Sting finally admitted yesterday plans are under way for The Police to reform for their first tour in two decades.

After weeks of speculation, the singer confirmed he was in talks with drummer Stewart Copeland and guitarist Andy Summers about a reunion.

He said: "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."


The trio officially broke up in 1986. Since then they have only played together for their induction into America's Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2003 and for an impromptu performance at Sting's wedding to Trudie Styler in 1992.


The singer added: "I'm very proud of the band we were in. I left the band because I felt I wanted to grow as a musician, to mature as a musician and to try to do more things than a band is able to do."


The Police released their first hit Roxanne in 1977 and became one of the world's biggest rock acts in the early 80s.

http://www.mirror.co.uk/northernirel...name_page.html


By the way, the Police never actually officially broke up. People suspected a new Police album was on the way in the summer of 1986 with a tour to follow, but then it was announced that it would just be a Best of Album. Nothing was said about whether the group was breaking up, if there would be another album, etc.
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Old 01-16-2007, 04:00 PM   #116
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Well, the ticket brokers are now getting in on the action:


This one reports the Police are playing Wembley Stadium on July 21, 2007(To Be Confirmed) Date and venue may change

Prices

Economy seating 95 pounds
Cat 3 seating 125 pounds
Cat 2 seating 225 pounds
Cat 1 seating 325 pounds
VIP seating 599 pounds


http://www.globaleventsdirect.com/event/100422


DO NOT BUY ANYTHING UNTIL THERE IS OFFICIAL CONFIRMATION AND TICKET SALES OPTIONS ARE PRESENTED THROUGH TICKETMASTER OR OTHER LEGIT NON-BROKER TICKET SITE!

Remember, global events direct is a ticket broker, and tickets through ticketmaster will be priced considerably lower than the above prices offered.
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I can't imagine how difficult and expensive tickets would be for a reunion tour...I guess I better start saving now just in case...
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Old 01-18-2007, 05:23 AM   #118
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Here are the latest Police rumors from stingus.net


1) The Police will re-record Roxanne and add one new song to a special 30th anniversary re-release of their greatest hits.
2) The Police Around The World and Gateshead DVDs will issued with alot of bonus footage.
3) The Police are doing 30 dates in Europe and 20 in the US ...several of which will be on pay per view tv broadcasts.
4) At the end of the tour, The Police will release a live box set which include a full concert (with simulataneous release of a DVD) of the reunion tour as well as other concerts.
5) Select live concerts will be be issued via iTunes (as exclusives).
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I hope there will be some Canadian dates
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Old 01-18-2007, 04:53 PM   #120
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I hope there will be some Canadian dates
Careful what you wish, they may be BC Place or Olympic Stadium in Montreal - on a rainy day....
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