Friday, November 09, 2007

The Police Reunion Tour

I am not usually one to write about concerts. I have been lucky to see many, with huge majority in near past being ones where I have been working, either through production work, or through ushering.

I have always been a fan of Sting (Fields of Gold, Desert Rose and Fortress Around Your Heart are probably my favorite songs by him), and I knew prior to his solo career, that he was part of The Police along with Andy Summers and Stewart Copeland. As everyone probably knows, The Police broke up in the mid-1980s, but reunited in early 2007 with the announcement that they are undertaking a world tour from the middle of that year on until mid-2008, in celebration of the 30th anniversary of their hit single "Roxanne" and also, to a lesser extent, that of their formation as a group.

Originally, there were only going to be two shows in Toronto at the Air Canada Centre, which took place earlier in July of this year. Due to high demand, two additional shows were added, one last night, and one tonight, and as a result, I pounced on the opportunity to get these tickets. One night removed from the show, I am glad that I had a chance to see them live.

The Police Reunion Tour at the Air Canada Centre - November 8, 2007

While I did not know all the songs that were performed, all the songs that I did know (Message in a Bottle, Walking On The Moon, Don't Stand So Close To Me, Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic, Wrapped Around Your Finger (fav song of the night), De Do Do Do De Da Da Da, Invisible Sun, Walking In Your Footsteps, Roxanne, King Of Pain and Every Breath You Take) were done in a familiar, yet slightly updated manner. I really liked the songs where Copeland alternated between his primary drumkit and a secondary percussion kit of kettle drums, xylophones, chimes, suspended cymbals and some other 'stuff' (Wrapped Around Your Finger and King of Pain). See the below video clip (from an earlier concert) for an example of Copeland at work.

<a href="">Video Link</a>

The stage setup was pretty simple split oval design, ringed with lights. It was nothing fancy compared to other stages that I have seen; no doubt the band let their music be the highlight of the show, as it should be. The production of the concert was also pretty straight forward. Video screens above the stage showed close ups of the three performers most of the time, but there was some pretty interesting footage during some of the songs, particularly during Invisible Sun (the photo image montage of children dealing with war, conflict, natural disaster, abuse and displacement, see 'Invisible Sun - The Story behind the Pictures' for more details and the video) along with video footage of The Police in their younger days during their final song of the night.

Tickets to the concert were not particularly cheap but for the experience of seeing The Police live, it was worth it. Part of the proceeds of the concert will be going to Wateraid, an international non-profit organisation dedicated to helping people escape the poverty and disease caused by living without safe water and sanitation.

Of course, what concert could I go to without running into somebody I know. I ran into Raya, a fellow volunteer at Tennis Canada in the same Transportation Committee as me. It seems that a lot of volunteers in my committee saw one of these Police shows based on conversations I had over the summer. Lastly, thanks Liz, for coming to the concert with me, even though you were not feeling very well. Hope you had a great time, and hope that you get well soon!

Set List - November 8, 2007, Toronto - Air Canada Centre

  • Message in a Bottle
  • Synchronicity II
  • Walking On The Moon
  • Voices Inside My Head
  • When The World Is Running Down
  • Don't Stand So Close To Me
  • Driven To Tears
  • Truth Hits Everybody
  • Hole In My Life
  • Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic
  • Wrapped Around Your Finger
  • De Do Do Do De Da Da Da
  • Invisible Sun
  • Walking In Your Footsteps
  • Can't Stand Losing You
  • Roxanne

First Encore

  • King Of Pain
  • So Lonely
  • Every Breath You Take

Second Encore

  • Next To You

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Anonymous said...

I hope they re-record Wrapped Around Your Finger in the manner in which they performed it during these concerts. Slowing down the song really brought out the instrumental aspects, especially the percussion, which was nothing short of outstanding.

This is one of those rare cases where a redone song exceeds the original version.

For a full version of this song from their earlier Toronto performance, check this out -
The Police - Wrapped Around Your Finger - Live in Toronto

Anonymous said...

Just wait until the DVD of the concert is inevitably released, then you can get this version of Wrapped around your Finger.