View Full Version : The POLICE in Concert... and "Oh, no... Stewart's at it again." *shakes head*

06-01-2007, 11:52 AM
Well, I guess it couldn't possibly last long after it seemed like the boys were getting on well for the past couple months. Read the fun and excitement Mr. Copeland has brough to the table. :rolleyes: Sometimes I just wanna beat this guy with his own drumsticks.

It's the second gig of a tour in which the players haven't toured together for over 20 years. Seriously, man! Chill. Out.

I'm glad they all had a laugh about it at the end of the day, but I can see Stewart saying the wrong thing at the wrong time and killing the rest of the tour. :(

Police drummer rips band's "lame" concert
By Dean Goodman Fri Jun 1, 3:56 AM ET

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The singer in the Police jumps like a "petulant pansy," the drummer is making a "complete hash," and who knows what the guitarist is doing?

Notes from a bitter critic? Actually, it's a disarmingly frank concert review from the aforementioned drummer of the newly reunited rock trio.

A philosophical Stewart Copeland (http://search.news.yahoo.com/search/news/?p=Stewart+Copeland) unleashed his vitriol in a posting on his Web site on Thursday, a day after the band played its second show in Vancouver, the Canadian city where it began its first world tour in more than 20 years on Monday.

"This is unbelievably lame," Copeland wrote of Wednesday's show at the GM Place arena. "We are the mighty Police and we are totally at sea."

Most of the 20,000 fans at the venue might not have noticed a series of small flubs, but Copeland, singer/bassist Sting, and guitarist were painfully aware of them.

Copeland started the show off on the wrong foot, literally. He tripped as he took to the stage, and then banged his gong at the wrong time so that "the big pompous opening to the show is a damp squib."

He did not hear Summers' opening riff to "Message In a Bottle," and Sting in turn misheard Copeland's drum intro -- "so we are half a bar out of sync with each other. Andy is in Idaho."

They quickly recovered, but then Sting got his footwork wrong as he leapt into the air to signal the end to a shambolic version of their rat-race rant "Synchronicity II."

"The mighty Sting momentarily looks like a petulant pansy instead of the god of rock," Copeland reported.

"And so it goes, for song after song," he wrote, with tunes such as "Every Little Thing She Does is Magic" and "Don't Stand So Close To Me" reduced to ruin.

"It usually takes about four or five shows in a tour before you get to the disaster gig. But we're The Police so we are a little ahead of schedule," he said.

Fortunately, no fists flew backstage as they did back in the Police's heyday. The threesome fell into each other's arms laughing hysterically, Copeland said.

"Screw it, it's only music. What are you gonna do? But maybe it's time to get out of Vancouver."

The band's next show is set for Saturday in Edmonton.

06-02-2007, 11:43 AM
Hopefully it's all in good fun. I nearly bought tickets for one of the Toronto shows, but the dates didn't work out.

06-02-2007, 02:01 PM
Well, when ya bomb onstage like that you have two options, let it KILL ya or laugh it off. Knowing the price of tickets I bet actually being up there was downright embarassing.

That being said, "Sting" is a pompous arse-hat, just grab some Carling and spin the greatest hits JJ, you'll save money AND enjoy the performace better at the same time eh??
:beard: Iso & Baws
Me and JJ never really talk about music, oddly enough

06-04-2007, 02:10 AM
Sounds like they should have freshened up with some studio time and small venues first.

06-04-2007, 08:03 AM
The Cops pride themselves in being a great live band, so for a show to go down the way it did is a big deal for them. And the fists flying thing is totally true...in the old days, they woulda beat the snot out of each other. Copeland's comments are actually pretty subdued and quite obviously toungue in cheek.

06-05-2007, 06:01 PM
I saved a few bucks and saw Scrantonicity instead...a much better deal.

06-24-2007, 03:12 PM
Just saw The Police Concert last night at Dodger Stadium and they were awesome!! Sting sounded amazing. All the hits were covered and it is very surreal to hear 25,000 fans singing Message In A Bottle and Roxanne. I didn't get to see them in the 80's, but I am glad I got to see them this time around. :thumbsup: