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The Police to make Hard Rock Calling gig their last

The Police

Story by Jack Foley

THE Police frontman Sting has revealed that the band’s Hard Rock Calling gig in London’s Hyde Park this summer will be their last.

Speaking from Tokyo while on the Japanese leg of the band’s world tour, Sting said: “England is where we began our career, in London. It has a special place in my heart. I’m English… We’ve done over 100 dates. But we’re still together, still friends.”

Asked if this is really going to be the final chapter in The Police story Sting replied: “Yeah, I think it’s right. We’ve been saved from the nostalgia in a bad sense because I think the band sounds fairly contemporary. We don’t sound like an old tribute band.

“Considering the songs were written 25 to 30 years ago, they still, to me and most of the audience sound like today. In a sense, we’re recreating history with a contemporary punch.”

He went on to predict that the Hard Rock Calling show on June 29 would be an emotional gig for everyone concerned.

“To play two shows at Twickenham last year was fantastic. It was very heartening. Coming back to England and feeling that reaction. So, with the added thing of “this is it” (Hard Rock Calling) could be quite emotional.”

On the eve of their hit single Roxanne celebrating it’s 30th anniversary in April, Sting added: “Roxanne was the song that got me out of a tiny bedsit in Bayswater to being on the world stage. I’m doing it every night and singing it with gratitude.”

Hard Rock Calling takes place on Saturday and Sunday, June 28 and 29, and features a line-up including Eric Clapton, Sheryl Crow and KT Tunstall. Find out more