Well The Police played the last show on their reunion tour at New York’s Madison Square Garden on August 7th 2008. They played it at the Garden because they played their first U.S. show at CBGB’s in New York. The tour lasted for 15 months, 150 concerts and they played for 3.7 million people. Sting was quoted as saying “The real triumph of this tour is that we haven’t strangled each other. That’s not to say it hasn’t crossed my mind, or Stewart’s, or Andy’s.”
To me, that’s a sad comment from a great musician. I know, every band has a reputation and an image to maintain and part of The Police image is the disharmony and infighting in the band. But the fact remains that the band makes great music together. When I saw them play last month I saw some real creativity between the 3 members of the band. I seriously think there is something left in the tank for these 3 musicians to work with. I believe that for the sake of art, personal differences can be set aside for a time. I guess that was proven by the fact The Police toured together for over a year.
If you’re familiar with The Police’s catalog and Sting’s solo catalog think of how radically different they are. It really proves the point that when working with a band where the members all contribute, the sound of the band becomes unique and bigger than the sum of it’s parts. That’s why two bands playing the same song can sound very different. I personally prefer the music of The Police over the music of Sting or anything that Copeland and Summers have done on their own. When these three musicians get together, it just works.
So that being said, I think The Police should get back in the studio and create a new album of music. They have to know their breaking points by now. I know my band “In Stereo” has stayed together so long because we know when to get away from each other. I would hope Sting, Andy Summers and Stewart Copeland have learned the same. There’s no rush, they could take a year to record it. Look at the number of people that came to see them after a 24 year break. I’m sure the album would sell like crazy if they did it. Copeland and Summers playing Stings songs would be truly fascinating. I would love to hear how Summers and Copeland would play a song like “After The Rain Has Fallen”. I’ll bet it would rock a hell of a lot harder.
So time will tell, according to the concert report from the final Madison Square Garden show, a roady dressed as the Fat Lady came onstage and sang. Signalling once again, the end of The Police. I certainly hope that the gentlemen can figure out that together they really are greater than when they’re apart. It seems like the great ones never figure that fact out. Perhaps that’s what makes them great. In the meantime, all Police fans, keep your fingers crossed. Make sure you vote in the “Should The Police Record A New Album” poll.