Sting & Police Overview

The Police are an English rock rock music band from London, formed in 1977. The band consisted of Sting Sting (musician) (lead vocals lead singer , bass guitar), Andy Summers (guitar, vocals backing vocalist ) and Stewart Copeland (drums, vocals backing vocalist , percussion). The Police became globally po***r in the late 1970s and are generally regarded as one of the first New Wave groups to achieve mainstream success, playing a style of rock that was influenced by jazz, punk punk rock and reggae music. Their 1983 album, Synchronicity Synchronicity (album) , was number one in the UK UK Album Chart and the US Billboard 200 and sold over 8,000,000 copies in the US. The band broke up in 1984, but reunited in early 2007 for a one-off world tour The Police Reunion Tour lasting until August 2008, in celebration of the 30th anniversary of their hit single "Roxanne Roxanne (song) " and also, to a lesser extent, their formation as a group. The Police have sold more than 50 million albums worldwide, and became the world's highest-earning musicians in 2008, thanks to their reunion tour. Rolling Stone ranked The Police number 70 on their list of the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time.

 
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Formation (1977–78)

The Police were founded by Stewart Copeland in early 1977. After the demise of his progressive rock band Curved Air, Copeland was eager to form a new three-piece group and join the burgeoning London punk scene. Singer-bassist Sting Sting (musician) and guitarist Henry Padovani began rehearsing with Copeland in January 1977, and they recorded their first Police single, "Fall Out"/"Nothing Achieving," the following month. Both tracks were written and produced by Copeland (the b-side being co-written with his brother Ian Copeland.)

Although the early style of the group has been classified as punk rock, Allmusic Guide argues that this was only true "... in the loosest sense of the term"; the Guide states that the band's "... nervous, reggae-injected pop/rock was punky" and had a "punk spirit", but it "wasn't necessarily punk". In 2006, Stewart Copeland made a rockumentary about the band called Everyone Stares: The Police Inside Out, based on Super-8 filming he did when the band was touring and recording in the late 1970s and the early 1980s. In October 2006, Andy Summers released One Train Later, an autobiographical memoir detailing his early career and time with the band.


Reunion tour (2007–08)



In early 2007, reports surfaced that the trio would reunite for a tour to mark their 30th anniversary, over 20 years since their 'final' split in 1986. The concerts would coincide with Universal Music (current owners of the A&M label) re-releasing some material from the band's back catalogue. The following statement was released on behalf of the band by a spokesman at Interscope Geffen A&M Records and posted on Sting's official website: "As the 30th anniversary of the first Police single approaches, discussions have been underway as to how this will be commemorated. While we can confirm that there will indeed be something special done to mark the occasion, the depth of the band's involvement still remains undetermined."

On 22 January 2007, the punk wave magazine Side-Line broke the story that The Police would reunite for the Grammys, adding that the song performed would be "Roxanne". Side-Line also announced in its news coverage that The Police were to embark on a massive tour bringing them to cities all over the world. Billboard magazine later confirmed the rumours, quoting Andy Summers who had discussed earlier in 2006 how the band could have continued post-Synchronicity: "The more rational approach would have been, 'OK, Sting, go make a solo record, and let's get back together in two or three years. I'm certain we could have done that. Of course we could have. We were definitely not in a creative dry space. We could have easily carried on, and we could probably still be there. That wasn't to be our fate. It went in another way. I regret we never paid it off with a last tour." The band opened the 49th Annual Grammy Awards on 11 February 2007 in Los Angeles, California, announcing "We're The Police. And we're back!" before launching into "Roxanne." A&M Records, the band's record company, promoted the 2007–2008 reunion tour as the 30th anniversary of the release of their first single "Roxanne" and not indeed that of the band's creation.

The Police Reunion Tour began in late May 2007 with two shows in Vancouver delighting 36,000 fans. Stewart Copeland gave a scathing review of the show on his own website, which the press picked up as a feud occurring two gigs into the tour. It was only meant to be tongue-in-cheek and the band took it as light-hearted as it was intended. Henry Padovani joined the band on stage for the final encore of their show in Paris on 29 September. The Police as a 4-piece band played "Next to You" from the band's first album Outlandos d'Amour. In October 2007, the group played the largest gig of the reunion tour in Dublin, Ireland, in front of 82,000 fans. The group also cancelled their second planned concert in Antwerp, Belgium on 9 October 2007, as Sting suffered from pharyngitis. They continued their reunion tour in 2008, and locations included New Zealand, Australia, Singapore, Macau, Japan, Canada, US, France, Germany, Norway, Denmark, UK, Serbia, Poland, Puerto Rico, Argentina and Brazil, where they played for 75,000 people.

The group were headliners at the TW Classic festival in Werchter, Belgium on 7 June 2008. The Police also headlined the last night of the 2008 Isle of Wight Festival on 15 June 2008, in addition to headlining the Sunday night at Hard Rock Calling (previously called Hyde Park Calling) on 29 June. In February 2008, the band announced that once they were finished touring, they would break up again. According to Sting, "There will be no new album, no big new tour, once we're done with our reunion tour, that's it for the Police".

The final show of the tour was held on August 7, 2008 at Madison Square Garden in New York City and was opened by The B-52s. The group earlier announced the show while donating $1 million to New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg's initiative to plant one million trees in the city by 2017. Proceeds went towards arts programming for the city's two public television Public broadcasting stations. During the entire tour they sold 3.7 million tickets and grossed $358 million, making it the third-highest-grossing tour of all-time at its conclusion. The Police and the store Best Buy announced on August 4, 2008 that they would release a collector's set entitled Certifiable: Live in Buenos Aires. The set includes an entire concert recorded live in Buenos Aires, Argentina on the tour and was issued in the following packages: 2DVD/2CD, 1 Blu-Ray Disc/2CD, and 3 premium 180-gram vinyl LPs with MP3 file key. The set also includes bonus footage, including a documentary shot by Stewart's son Jordan entitled Better Than Therapy. The set was released on November 11, 2008 at Best Buy.*Outlandos d'Amour (1978)
*Reggatta de Blanc (1979)
*Zenyattà Mondatta (1980)
*Ghost in the Machine Ghost in the Machine (album) (1981)
*Synchronicity Synchronicity (album) (1983)*Sting Sting (musician) : lead vocals, bass guitar (1977–1984, 1986, 2003, 2007–2008)>
*Andy Summers: guitar, backing vocals (1977–1984, 1986, 2003, 2007–2008)>
*Stewart Copeland: drums, percussion, backing vocals (1977–1984, 1986, 2003, 2007–2008)>
*Henry Padovani: guitar (1977)>


Line-ups

BRIT Awards

*1982: Best British Group
*1985: Outstanding Contribution To Music


Grammy Awards

*1980: Best Rock Instrumental Performance Grammy Award for Best Rock Instrumental Performance for "Reggatta de Blanc Reggatta de Blanc (song) "
*1981: Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal Grammy Award for Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal for "Don't Stand So Close to Me"
*1981: Best Rock Instrumental Performance Grammy Award for Best Rock Instrumental Performance for "Behind My Camel"
*1983: Song of the Year Grammy Award for Song of the Year for "Every Breath You Take" (awarded to Sting)
*1983: Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal Grammy Award for Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal for "Every Breath You Take"
*1983: Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal Grammy Award for Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal for Synchronicity Synchronicity (album)


Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

* The Police were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on 10 March 2003.
 

 

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