Cop Rock

Police_lThe Internets are abuzz today with news that Sting will be taking time out from his busy schedule of lute playing, tantric sex, and Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip cameos to hook up with his former Police squad, Andy Summers and Stewart Copeland, at the Grammys on Feb. 11. Yay. (Kudos to the Grammy folks for bringing this band back together, by the way, just as they orchestrated the Great Simon & Garfunkel Warm Fuzz-A-Thon back in 2003. It’s nice to see the Grammys broadening their scope and getting into the diplomacy game. Maybe next year they’ll have George W. Bush and Jacques Chirac kiss and make up on the show.)

But there still remains the question—raised by Whitney Pastorek in this space earlier this month—of whether this Police performance portends a full-blown 30th Anniversary concert tour this summer. In the weeks since PopWatch last reported on this matter, old Gordo fanned the fan flames when he reportedly gave his old mates a shout-out at an L.A. concert (he played the lute, duh), when he told a gaggle of TV reporters that he and the fellas were "talking about" somehow commemorating the 30th birthday of their first single, and when he apparently hosted Andy and Stewie at a party for his wife, Trudie, in Malibu. In other words, dandy as today’s Grammy announcement is, it’s actually nothing too earthshaking. After all, the Police reunited four years ago for a quick set at their Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony.No, what we’re looking for is an honest-to-God reunion tour—something that stands to be one of the hottest concert tickets in years, considering the band’s brief time together, way back when (they released just five albums between 1978 and 1983). I mean, we do want to sip some Tea in the Sahara with them again, right?

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  • wildecat

    They are one of my all-time favorite bands, and as I posted a few weeks ago, I would pay big-time money to see them live. I usually avoid the Grammys, but I will be watching this year just to see them together again!!

  • Patti

    I just mentioned to my husband last night: Be aware that I will spend hundreds of dollars to get tickets to this concert. He agreed wholeheartedly. I probably won’t be wearing the same attire as I did to the Synchronicity tour (thank God!): Pink Police Tour T with the arms rolled up, Mardi Gras bead looking necklace, jean mini skirt, white anklets and tennis shoes. Ah, the 80′s, what a wardrobe nightmare!

  • mike

    A Police reunion could be the thing that wakes up Stingless from the lute playing dead.

  • krushgroove

    I only have one request for the reunion tour – No solo material to be performed!

  • Stephanie Travitsky

    What is wrong with solos? I loved Stu’s “Away from Home”. It’s a fun song, right up there with Rundgren’s “Bang on the Drum”.

  • melissa

    There will be concert dates, they’re already confirmed for the Ottawa blues fest this summer.

  • Digitalkid

    I write this at the risk for drawing the ire of die hard Police fans across the globe. I was a huge Police fan in the 70’s and 80’s and was sad to see the day when the trio left the stage and Sting handed his guitar to Bono of U2. I knew the torch had been passed, luckily to a very worthy band! Now here in 2007 the Police reunite for the Grammy Awards and I looked back and thought…..eh, who cares. I have moved on and I think it’s time for Sting, Stuart and Andy to move on too.

  • Darren

    It was great to see them again. My brother going to see them on the Ghost in the Machine tour was an event in my childhood. Last night I was a ten year- old all over again. A new tour — along with burying the hatchets of the past would be great. New material would be even better.

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