12 February 2007

The PO-LICE

"Ladies and gentlemen, we are The Police and we're back."

So said Sting as they kicked off the Grammy's this evening. Woo hoo! Then they launched into "Roxanne" and got 80s throwbacks like myself juiced up in a large way. I hate the Grammy's but I absolutely LOVE The Police -- I have since sixth grade when I would spend hundreds of hours trying to record "Spirits in the Material World" off WHTT 103 FM without some cheeseball DJ talking over the music.

In what is perhaps the worst kept secret in Boston, the band is rumored to have scheduled two shows at Fenway Park (Jul 28-29) this summer. I am already writhing with anxiety over getting tickets. We may have to sell our house but it'll be worth it.

14 comments:

james said...

I'm with Katie on this one. Heard the rumor a couple weeks ago and went online looking at Police Lyrics. Lets hope they are more like the Roger Waters/Who shows and less like the Stones.

james said...

Also...
Not too crazy about Fenway. Obviously great venue for baseball but not so for shows. Have not tried the field yet, anyone been down there for a show?

KJ said...

Jimmy-LPD and I talked our way onto the field during the Jimmy Buffet show at Fenway -- remember that? The BPD wouldn't let us run the bases. The view from there wasn't much better. Fenway is simply not a great venue for concerts but there's no denying there is something incredibly cool about seeing bands there. A good vibe.

lpd said...

Agreed, KJ. I don't remember any of the songs played and it was kind of disorienting to be on the grounds and not know where the green monster ended and the stage began - but Fenway DEFINITELY has a cool vibe to it for show-seeing.

Having said that, I have mixed emotions on this Police reunion. Methinks it is not for the love of music that these separated minstrels rekindle their lost flame, but the lure of minivan commercials and high-priced concert tickets. I hope I'm wrong and the music is still solid.

KJ said...

Oh, I hope not. My inner cynic kind of agrees but my inner sixth grader is hoping they are reuniting out of a genuine "why the hell not. It's been 30 years" sentiment. I hope they do not put on a soulless show like the whorish Rolling Stones but they are so not the Rolling Stones. I heard they are shunning Sting's solo songs and will play only Police tunes. Good sign. After last night's performance, I felt like putting on some legwarmers. It was 1983. Also a good sign. Sting's easy-listening music has already been featured in a cheesy car commercial (remember that? Cheese). Also, if this reunion were ALL about the money and recognition, they probably would have had more success 10 years ago when they weren't as geriatric-looking and frail. Then again at $225 a ticket, they'll still cash in large regardless of their motivation. But I'll still pay big money for this ticket and not feel dirty about it afterward. It's the Po-lice.

wmd said...

For $225 a ticket, they are DB's..

that's criminal, they should arrest themselves. get it, they're police and can arrest people, so they should "arrest themselves" because the ticket price is like stealing. alright now on to some more cerebral humor, knock knock...

jal said...

I'm with WMD on this one. $225 is criminal.

KJ said...

Yes, they certainly should arrest themselves but so should every other band out there. These prices are out of hand. U2's last show, tickets were $175 face value. Bruce Springsteen, $200 face value. People were paying upwards of $350 a ticket for freakin' Justin Timberlake last week.But, I guarantee that $225 Police ticket is going to look like a basement bargain price once brokers and scalpers get their oily paws on them. We're screwed. It's a shame that live music is becoming a luxury product. It used to be a much more democratic experience. But now it's only enjoyed up close by the independently wealthy who probably never tried to tape any Police songs off the radio when they were kids. The whole industry sucks.

wmd said...

true double true.

I'd say it started years ago with The Eagles reunion for ridiculous cost (not that i'd see them anyway). As for the rest of them, I can't think of a band I'd pay $175 for unless Gwar was to play in my living room. That's why I have pretty much no interest in seeing bands at Tweeter Center or Great woods. Far better off to see bands like Lemonheads or Mike Doughty for $20 at Paradise.

p.s. this is not to say I won't be raping the shit out of people for ticket prices when my band "White Boy and the Insufficient Funds" takes off...

KJ said...

Right on. Yet another example of why I wish I could be more "like Mike." While I certainly prefer seeing shows at the Paradise, I am still drawn to some of the "big" shows. I physically can't stay away from certain shows, even in the suckiest of venues, even for the most outrageous ticket prices, even though deep down, I know I'm selling a piece of my soul and getting ripped off. In short, I'm a total sucka chump.

wmd said...

truth be told, I'm not squeaky clean of the big shows. The last two U2 shows at the Garden were fantastic and I would see them again...

SAC said...

Day late and dollar short checking in here.

I think the concert will be good, they still have it unlike the Stones who are just plain old.

I do, however, think that ALL 80's bands should caravan around the country in a mockery of Woodstock-esque way and nauseate all of us with $400 tickets, free Prilosec, 30% off coupons for interested buyers of shitty minivans, all tshirts must be made in Africa or Bangladesh and be another $85 with 3.2% of the profits (only) going to a random charity like the "Rockers with Liver disorder foundation".

Lets get them all back on stage, rocking one last time. Then, JUST after their last concert, as they pack up their shit and ride off into the sunset of their filthy rich lives after essentially raping the public of their hard earned cash, a drone antitank plane stealthly slips in and blows the m&*^her(fu^%ers into oblivion, never to be hear from again.

Of course, this would be Steve Jobs doing so that we all rush out and buy their "last recordings" for our iPod at .99 a pop. Providing him with a new luxury condo in Bora Bora and 32nd Bentley that he surely does not need.

Hey, anybody getting tickets? 6 is the limit right?

If I get 6, I cannot wait to parlay my prize into a mortgage payment or two on eBay...

Greedy Capitalistic Cynical American- over and out!

KJ said...

SAC..that should be a movie.

Isn't Van Halen coming this summer too?

SAC said...

Yes, and they should also be blown up.....