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The Police confirm tour dates (2007)

The Police

Story by Jack Foley

AS WIDELY predicted, The Police have announced dates for their first tour in 23 years, beginning in Vancouver, Canada, on May 28, 2007.

The three-piece – Sting, Stewart Copeland and Andy Summers – unveiled their plans at a press conference and mini-rehearsal at Whisky A Go Go in Los Angeles just a day after performing their classic hit Roxanne at the 2007 Grammy Awards.

And they were reportedly in high spirits, playing an old recording of frontman Sting saying that he’d have to be dubbed “certifiably insane” if The Police ever got back together and launching into a version of Message In A Bottle.

Further songs included When The World Is Running Down, I Can’t Stand Losing You and Roxanne, in between taking questions about the reunion and the initial split.

And then came the tour dates themselves – the first since 1984’s Synchronicity.

The Police will play the first leg in North American, commencing on May 28 at the GM Arena in Vancouver, the Canadian city where the band are currently rehearsing.

They will then go on to play several major arenas including New York’s Madison Square Garden and a headline slot at the Bonnaroo Festival in Tennessee in June.

UK and European dates will follow in September and October before the band head back to North America for additional dates in late October. They will then continue on to Mexico and Australia.

The confirmed dates so far are:

May 28 – Vancouver GM Place
June 6 – Seattle Key Arena
9 – Denver Pepsi Center
15 – Las Vegas MGM Garden Arena
16 – Bonnaroo Festival
18 – Phoenix US Airwaves Arena
26 – Dallas American Airlines Centre
30 – New Orleans Arena
July 2 – St Louis Scottrade Centre
22 – Toronto Air Canada Centre
25 – Montreal Bell Centre
28 – Boston Fenway Park
August 1 & 3 – New York Madison Square Garden

Further dates have been planned for Chicago, Columbus, Detroit, Edmonton, Hartford, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, Philadelphia, Tampa, San Francisco, Minneapolis/St. Paul and the Washington/Baltimore and will be announced in the next few weeks.