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The Police Concert Lastnight

Thu Jun 14, 2007 11:59 pm

Well after 24 years, I finally got to see The Police live in concert. I think the show was pretty good but still have mixed feelings. I am glad that the show was 100% live!
Meaning there were no pre-recorded overdubs/sycronized tracks and no back up musicians. The let down was that many of the songs sounded incomplete. Parts where you're expecting to hear the piano part, synthesizer or horn section was not there. Andy Summers did a great job augmenting those parts and trying to get those sounds out of his guitar.

I was impressed with the set list. There were some songs I didn't expect to hear but they played them and did it pretty well. The critics seemed to be unimpressed with the concert but they don't know what they're talking about.

The 46,500 seats concert sold out in less than an hour back when they went on sale. Ticket prices ranged from $50-$220.
I managed to score a ticket for $30 that had a face value of $90 just an hour before the show.




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RE: The Police Concert Lastnight

Fri Jun 15, 2007 12:51 am

I heard from some people in Denver that the concert was really not that great. One of the DJ's here said it was probably the worst concert by a major band that he had seen in ten years.

I'm not really that familiar with the police myself so I can't comment.
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RE: The Police Concert Lastnight

Fri Jun 15, 2007 1:35 am

Quoting F9Widebody (Reply 1):
One of the DJ's here said it was probably the worst concert by a major band that he had seen in ten years.

The Police is more of a studio band. There music on record sounds incredible but I guess can be a difficult for just three guys to pull off live.
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RE: The Police Concert Lastnight

Fri Jun 15, 2007 1:39 am

What disappoints me about this reunion tour is the lack of new material. All it is is a just a walk down memory lane by three aging rockers. I'm all for playing the classics and hearing the major hits live, but when you've got three musicians all as talented as these three, you'd think they could do something new.
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RE: The Police Concert Lastnight

Fri Jun 15, 2007 2:03 am

Quoting IFEMaster (Reply 3):
What disappoints me about this reunion tour is the lack of new material. All it is is a just a walk down memory lane by three aging rockers. I'm all for playing the classics and hearing the major hits live, but when you've got three musicians all as talented as these three, you'd think they could do something new.

Nah I am glad there is no new material.
Since they broke up, it was difficult to get these three to even stand in the same room together. Not sure if they could put together a new album that sounds good. Plus the new material would cut in to time they could play the old stuff. It's the old stuff that people were paying big $$$ to see and hear anyway.

I am not critical of older bands as I should be I guess. I had no idea that Andy Summers is 64 years old!  Wow!
Sting and Stewart Copeland are 56. I can't expect these guys to perform as well as they did in 1981.
I wasn't sure if it was there age or the fact that it was a Wednesday night. Everyone in the stadium including the band seemed kind of tired and thinking about having to get up for work the next day.  Sad
If any thing, this concert was more like going to 'pay my respect' for the group. I doubt they'll ever tour again so I can  checkmark  this off as one of the the things in life I've always wanted to do.



These critics in the press are full of it. They put simpleton bands like U2, Bruce Springsteen and Rolling Stones on a pedestal yet knock The Police. The Police material is very elaborate and you can't expect a band to keep that sort of creativity and pull it off live forever. U2, Bruce Springsteen and Rolling Stones can go forever with there simple tunes because there music is rather easy to play and not complex.
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RE: The Police Concert Lastnight

Fri Jun 15, 2007 2:18 am

U2 simple? Come on Larry, take a listen to all the layering and dissonant background arrangement present on every album since Achtung Baby. Most of U2's material is anything but simple.

The Stones and Springsteen I'll agree. They are both more about the catchy melody and guitar riff hook. But then the Stones are pretty awesome...been going as long as they have and still churning out good new music and performing like they were 20.
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RE: The Police Concert Lastnight

Fri Jun 15, 2007 2:20 am

Quoting IFEMaster (Reply 5):
they have and still churning out good new music

 Wow!  Wow!  Wow!
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RE: The Police Concert Lastnight

Fri Jun 15, 2007 2:28 am

Well I bought a ticklet for 93Euros to watch these fellas here this September. I hope they pull out a good show!!! What do you mean 3 musicians, aren't they surrounded with a group of musicians???

I watched Sting in concert in 2000. The sound, instruments, and the whole concert were great, very professional, and extremely pleasurable. But it was Sting and not the Police. Some young guys playing drums/guitars/etc. That concert was the reason why I purchased this ticket. Always wanted to hear them play their old stuff themselves. But only three musicians? Was it always like this in the 80's?

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RE: The Police Concert Lastnight

Fri Jun 15, 2007 2:36 am

Quoting Superfly (Reply 6):
 Wow!  Wow!  Wow!

Seriously...A Bigger Bang is a great album.
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RE: The Police Concert Lastnight

Fri Jun 15, 2007 2:41 am

Quoting Kay (Reply 7):
But only three musicians? Was it always like this in the 80's?

Yep!   

The Police consist of Sting, Andy Summers and Stewart Copland.
It will be a three man show. Not necessarily a bad thing either because it's 100% live. On the records, that was the three of them doing overdubs on piano, synthesizer. The horns were guest musicians that recorded on the record.
Sting however has a full band when he goes on solo tours.

The three of them are great musicians but some critics expect all rock stars to be juvenile/angry simpletons.


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RE: The Police Concert Lastnight

Fri Jun 15, 2007 2:44 am

Quoting IFEMaster (Reply 3):



Quoting Superfly (Reply 4):

I'm glad they are sticking to old guns and not pulling out a bunch of new material. Coming out of "retirement" or a "break up" and then just showcasing "new music" doesn't work and irks off the fans.

Fleetwood Mac did it the right way in 1997. Get back together, go on tour, play your hits and introduce one new song from each of your three songwriters, test the waters on how that goes over ... *then* do a new album and then hit the road again with your new material ... and the old hits that everyone wants to hear.

Quoting F9Widebody (Reply 1):
I heard from some people in Denver that the concert was really not that great

I've read a couple of critiques from Denver critics before. I saw Stevie Nicks at Red Rocks. One critic trashed her show and it was evident he wasn't even there as he mentioned 2 songs she didn't even perform. Another one bashed the show because she performed music from the 1980's. Um, hello. He also trashed the Rolling Stones for playing "old songs," too, but my oh my how he loved Britney Spears for performing new and innovate material.
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RE: The Police Concert Lastnight

Fri Jun 15, 2007 2:50 am

Quoting STLGph (Reply 10):
Another one bashed the show because she performed music from the 1980's. Um, hello. He also trashed the Rolling Stones for playing "old songs," too, but my oh my how he loved Britney Spears for performing new and innovate material.

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Ususally the new songs is when you go take a piss or buy more beer.
My piss songs were 'Dont Stand So Close To Me' and 'Da Do Do Do Da Da Da Da'.
I was never crazy about those two songs. They didn't come off well in concert either.

Quoting STLGph (Reply 10):
I saw Stevie Nicks at Red Rocks.

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RE: The Police Concert Lastnight

Fri Jun 15, 2007 3:00 am

Quoting Superfly (Reply 2):
The Police is more of a studio band. There music on record sounds incredible but I guess can be a difficult for just three guys to pull off live.

Disagree. I have live recording of the Police on my iPod from 1979 or so, and they rocked. The live recording from their Syncronicity tour a few years later was nowhere as good.

I guess it comes back to the old truism that the best bands are hungry bands.
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RE: The Police Concert Lastnight

Fri Jun 15, 2007 3:11 am

Quoting Cfalk (Reply 12):
I have live recording of the Police on my iPod from 1979 or so, and they rocked.

Damn, I'd love to get my hands on some live Police from that era.  Cool

Quoting Cfalk (Reply 12):
I guess it comes back to the old truism that the best bands are hungry bands.

Usually.

Quoting Cfalk (Reply 12):
The live recording from their Syncronicity tour a few years later was nowhere as good.

Glad to hear.
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RE: The Police Concert Lastnight

Fri Jun 15, 2007 3:16 am

I've scored tix to see them in Paris on the 30th of July. I'm curious; I've heard mixed reviews thus far about the tour.
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RE: The Police Concert Lastnight

Fri Jun 15, 2007 3:21 am

Quoting Superfly (Reply 11):
Count on STLGph to tell it like it is!

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What I found most interesting about the reviewer, is that his e-mail address nor phone number works. I was going to give him a bit of a phone call and tell him he's just plain ole shitty at his job.
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RE: The Police Concert Lastnight

Fri Jun 15, 2007 3:23 am

I saw the Police back in 82 (maybe late 81) and they weren't the greatest concert band back then either. Joan Jett was the warm up and we almost came late to avoid her because the "I love rock and roll" song had been so beaten death on the radio at the time that we really weren't enthused about her.

In reality, JJ and the Blackhearts played a bunch of old Runaways stuff and were absolutely amazing. The Police were a bit of a let down. It's rare for the warm up to outshine the main band but this was definitely the case here.

Of course, later that year I saw Santana and still haven't found anybody who can quite beat them for a live show.
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RE: The Police Concert Lastnight

Fri Jun 15, 2007 3:26 am

Quoting BHMBAGLOCK (Reply 16):
Joan Jett was the warm up

That was the warm up on the Sycronicity tour in Chicago. I missed that show.  crying 
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RE: The Police Concert Lastnight

Fri Jun 15, 2007 3:30 am

Quoting Superfly (Reply 17):
Quoting BHMBAGLOCK (Reply 16):
Joan Jett was the warm up

That was the warm up on the Sycronicity tour in Chicago. I missed that show.

I saw her open for ZZ Top on their Eliminator tour in Houston. I felt sorry for her - she was trying real hard but she almost got booed off the stage.
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RE: The Police Concert Lastnight

Fri Jun 15, 2007 3:34 am

Quoting IFEMaster (Reply 5):
take a listen to all the layering and dissonant background arrangement present on every album since Achtung Baby.

String together 30 digital delay units and there you have it. If anything, the sound engineer is the mind behind their sound... duck 
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RE: The Police Concert Lastnight

Fri Jun 15, 2007 5:05 am

Quoting Cfalk (Reply 18):
I saw her open for ZZ Top on their Eliminator tour in Houston. I felt sorry for her - she was trying real hard but she almost got booed off the stage.

Talk about a bad concert pairing.

Quoting STLGph (Reply 15):
What I found most interesting about the reviewer, is that his e-mail address nor phone number works. I was going to give him a bit of a phone call and tell him he's just plain ole shitty at his job.

I wrote in to a lame ass critic at a Kansas City paper that slammed Gino Vannelli. They liked my hate letter so much that it was published and mailed me several issues.

Quoting CastleIsland (Reply 19):
String together 30 digital delay units and there you have it. If anything, the sound engineer is the mind behind their sound...

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RE: The Police Concert Lastnight

Fri Jun 15, 2007 6:14 am

Quoting Cfalk (Reply 18):
saw her open for ZZ Top on their Eliminator tour in Houston. I felt sorry for her - she was trying real hard but she almost got booed off the stage.

Too bad, when she's on, it's great!
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RE: The Police Concert Lastnight

Fri Jun 15, 2007 6:36 am

Quoting CastleIsland (Reply 19):
String together 30 digital delay units and there you have it. If anything, the sound engineer is the mind behind their sound...  duck 

Actually Edge comes up with those sounds himself. But I was really referring to some of the string arrangements and synth sounds that are present. Either way, it's far from simple.
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RE: The Police Concert Lastnight

Fri Jun 15, 2007 6:55 am

I saw Sting last year live at Werchter Classic, and he rocked! Such an amazing performer, he really captures the audience. I'm looking forward very much to see the Police this fall in Antwerp!
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RE: The Police Concert Lastnight

Fri Jun 15, 2007 7:03 am

Quoting IFEMaster (Reply 22):
Actually Edge comes up with those sounds himself. But I was really referring to some of the string arrangements and synth sounds that are present. Either way, it's far from simple.

The Edge is a great guitar player. Actually three of the members of U2 are great. It's just that awful, whinny, obnoxious, drama queen, lead vocalist (Bono) that kills it for me. If they could just get come out with an instrumental album that would be great!  yes 

Quoting Bwest (Reply 23):
I saw Sting last year live at Werchter Classic, and he rocked! Such an amazing performer, he really captures the audience.

I wonder if the tensions in the band is still there and the reason for such a lackluster show. I've seen how great Sting can be in concert.
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RE: The Police Concert Lastnight

Fri Jun 15, 2007 8:30 am

Regarding U2 there is only one man behind their sound. he uses simple equipment but the sounds he makes are fantastic, like a simple riff in the song "the fly", how can u make such a simple riff so pleasurable to listen to? tried sooo hard on my own guitar, to no avail. this man is called the Edge  Smile

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