This summer’s most unexpected show comes when ‘80s pop-rock superstars The Police stop in New York as part of their whirlwind world-wide tour. After disappearing from the concert circuit for over 20 years, the three-piece band – guitarist Andy Summers, drummer Stewart Copland and singer Sting – announced the tour following their performance at the Grammy Awards. To prove there are no hard feelings from when the band’s superstar singer left the band to pursue a solo career, the British rockers are reuniting to celebrate 30 years in the music business. It was 1977 when they first hit the scene with the epic “Outlandos d’Amour,” and you can be sure that album’s hit, “Roxanne,” will still make the crowds go wild.
“It’s going to be three guys on stage, that’s all,” Sting told reporters when the reunion was announced. “The show is going to be simple but spectacular.”
When the reggae-rock trio hits Madison Square Garden, tickets will run between $55 and $255. But how many have paid that just to see the pseudonymous singer alone?
In fact, the The Police are not the only elder statesmen of rock making the highly-lucrative rounds this year. Fresh on the heels of massively successful tours by the Rolling Stones, unlikely reunions are hitting the road for big-bucks tours. This year, catch flashbacks bands like Genesis (Phil Collins, not Peter Gabriel) and Van Halen (David Lee Roth, not Sammy Hagar), plus the Pixies and an Ozzy-less Black Sabbath.
The Police play Madison Square Garden Aug. 1 and 3 before returning for a Halloween encore. For more information: policetour.com