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The Police Concert

Date: 07/03/2007
Time: 07:30 PM



The Police will make a much awaited reunion tour stop in the Twin Cities when they perform at Xcel Energy Center in Saint Paul, Minnesota on Tuesday, July 3, at 7:30 p.m.


Best know for hit songs "Roxanne", "Message In a Bottle", and "Every Breath You Take" The Police are sure to bring music lovers from all over to the Twin Cities. The band, consisting of singer/bassist Sting, guitarist Andy Summers, and drummer Stewart Copeland, haven't toured in over 20 years and this reunion tour will probably be their last.


The Police band became globally popular in the early 1980s, playing a style of rock that was influenced by reggae and punk music. Their 1983 album Synchronicity was number one in the United Kingdom and the United States, and went Platinum eight times in the U.S. The band broke up in the mid-1980s, but was appropriately inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in March of 2003 where they performed "Roxanne", "Message In a Bottle", and "Every Breath You Take" live.  


Most recently, The Police reunited in 2007 to perform at the 49th Annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles. The Police opened the award show by announcing "We are The Police and we're back!" before launching into "Roxanne." A&M Records, the band's record company, is promoting the current 2007-2008 reunion tour as the 30th anniversary of the release of their first single. ABC reported, "This year marks the 30th anniversary of the release of 'Roxanne,' the single that broke the Police in the United States."


The Police were originally founded by American-born drummer Stewart Copeland in early 1977. After the demise of his progressive rock band Curved Air, Copeland was anxious to form a new three-piece group and join the burgeoning London punk scene. Singer-bassist Sting 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. In July 1977, Copeland, Sting, Padovani, and Summers began performing as a four-piece version of the Police, but Padovani's relatively limited ability as a guitarist meant that his tenure in the band was short, and soon after an aborted recording session with producer John Cale, Padovani left the band and Summers took over sole guitar duties. This lineup of Copeland, Sting, and Summers would endure for the rest of Police history.


Sting proved to be a capable songwriter and quickly emerged as the face of the band. He had previously spent time as a secondary school English teacher, and his lyrics are noted for their literary awareness and verbal agility. The bleached blonde hair that would become a trademark of Sting and the band was a lucky accident, occurring before they cut their first album. The band, desperate for money, was asked to do a commercial for Wrigley's Spearmint chewing gum on the condition that they dye their hair blonde.





Ticket sales for The Police tour, which have sold out in all markets announced thus far, have been strong, but http://www.stpaulconcerttickets.com/ has great Police tickets available even at the last minute. Fans won't want to miss out on the smooth tunes that the Police have to offer. Special guest Fiction Plane will join The Police for the North American portion of the tour, including the stop in Saint Paul. The North American Police tour is presented by local Minnesota company, Best Buy and is a definite must see concert!


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