1.1 1977: Formation
1.2 1977–1978: Recording contract and Outlandos d'Amour
1.3 1979: Reggatta de Blanc
1.4 1980–1981: Zenyatta Mondatta
1.5 1981–1982: Ghost in the Machine and Brimstone and Treacle
Synchronicity and "The Biggest Band in the World" 1.7 1984–1986: Hiatus, aborted sixth studio album 1.8 1986–2006: Disbandment 1.9 2007–2008: Reunion tour
2 Legacy 3 Musical style 4 Discography 5 Tours 6 Members 7 Awards
7.1 American Music Awards
7.2 Brit Awards
Grammy Awards 7.4 Juno Awards 7.5 People's Choice Awards 7.6 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 7.7 Other lists
8 See also 9 Notes 10 Sources 11 External links
In late November 1976, while on tour in
Newcastle upon Tyne
Newcastle upon Tyne in northeast England with the British progressive rock band Curved Air, the band's American drummer Stewart Copeland
Stewart Copeland met and exchanged phone numbers with an ambitious singer-bassist (and former schoolteacher) called Sting (so nicknamed due to his habit of wearing a black and yellow striped jersey mirroring a bee), who at the time was playing in a jazz-rock fusion band called Last Exit. On 12 January 1977, Sting relocated to London; on the day of his arrival, he sought out Copeland for a jam session.
"I was inspired by the amazing energy of the whole thing, and I
thought, 'Well, I'm new to
London and I'm totally unknown, so I'll give it a go.' We did a 15-minute lightning set and I squealed and screamed."
—Sting on his first jam session since arriving in London.
Curved Air had recently split up and Copeland, inspired by the
then-current punk rock movement, was eager to form a new band and join
London punk scene. While less keen, Sting acknowledged the commercial opportunities, so the duo formed the Police
Police as trio with Corsican guitarist Henry Padovani recruited as the third member. After their debut concert on 1 March 1977 at Alexander's in Newport, Wales
Newport, Wales (which lasted only ten minutes), the group played London
London pubs and toured as a support act for Cherry Vanilla and for Wayne County & the Electric Chairs. Their first single "Fall Out," recorded at Pathway Studios in Islington, North London
London on 12 February 1977 with a budget of £150, was released in May 1977 by Illegal Records. Also in May 1977, former Gong musician Mike Howlett
Mike Howlett invited Sting to join him in the band project Strontium 90. The drummer Howlett had in mind, Chris Cutler, was unavailable, so Sting took Copeland. The band's fourth member was guitarist Andy Summers
Andy Summers from Lancashire in northwest England. A decade older than Sting and Copeland, Summers was a music industry veteran who had played with Eric Burdon and the Animals and Kevin Ayers
Kevin Ayers among others. Strontium 90 performed at a Gong reunion concert in Paris on 28 May 1977, and played at a London
London club (under the name of "the Elevators") in July. The band also recorded several demo tracks: these were released (along with live recordings and an early version of "Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic") 20 years later on the archive album Strontium 90: Police Academy.
"I thought there was fantastic potential in Sting and Stewart. I'd always wanted to play in a three-piece band. I felt that the three of us together would be very strong. They just needed another guitarist and I thought I was the one."
—Summers on Sting and Copeland after first hearing them at the
Marquee Club in Oxford Street, London.
Summers' musicality impressed Sting, who was becoming frustrated with
Padovani's rudimentary abilities and the limitations they imposed on
the Police's potential. Shortly after the
Strontium 90 gig, Sting
approached Summers to join the band. He agreed, on the condition the
band remain a trio, with him replacing Padovani. Restrained by
loyalty, Copeland and Sting resisted the idea, and the
Police carried on as a four-piece version but they only performed live twice: on 25 July 1977 at the Music Machine in London
London and on 5 August at the Mont de Marsan Punk Festival. Shortly after these two gigs (and an aborted recording session with ex- Velvet Underground
Velvet Underground member John Cale
John Cale as producer on 10 August), Summers delivered an ultimatum and Padovani was dismissed from the band. The effect of Summers' arrival was instant with Copeland stating: "One by one, Sting's songs had started coming in, and when Andy joined, it opened up new numbers of Sting's we could do, so the material started to get a lot more interesting and Sting started to take a lot more interest in the group." The Police's power trio line-up of Copeland, Sting, and Summers performed for the first time on 18 August 1977 at Rebecca's club in the English city of Birmingham
Birmingham in the West Midlands. A trio was unusual for the time, and this line-up endured for the rest of the band's history. Few punk bands were three-pieces, while contemporary bands pursuing progressive rock, symphonic rock and other sound trends usually expanded their line-ups with support players. The musical background of all three players may have made them suspect to punk purists, with music critic Christopher Gable stating,
"The truth is that the band merely utilized the trappings of 1970s
British punk: the bleached blond short hair, Sting in his jumpsuits or
army jackets, Copeland and his near maniacal drumming style. In fact,
they were criticized by other punk bands for not being authentic and
lacking 'street cred.' What the
Police did perhaps take from punk was a brand of nervous, energetic disillusion with 1970s Britain."
The band were also able to draw on influences from reggae to jazz to
progressive and pub rock. While still maintaining the main band
and attempting to win over punk audiences,
Police members continued to moonlight within the art rock scene. In late 1977 and early 1978, Sting and Summers recorded and performed as part of an ensemble led by German experimental composer Eberhard Schoener; Copeland also joined for a time. These performances resulted in three albums, each of them an eclectic mix of rock, electronica and jazz. Various appearances by the Schoener outfit on German television made the German public aware of Sting's unusual high-pitched voice, and helped pave the way for the Police's later popularity. The bleached-blond hair that became a band trademark happened by accident. In February 1978, the band, desperate for money, was asked to do a commercial for Wrigley's Spearmint chewing gum (directed by Tony Scott) on the condition they dye their hair blond. The commercial was shot with the band, but was shelved and never aired. 1977–1978: Recording contract and Outlandos d'Amour Copeland's older brother Miles was initially sceptical of the inclusion of Summers in the band, fearing it would undermine their punk credibility, and reluctantly agreed to provide £1,500 to finance the Police's first album. Recording Outlandos d'Amour
Outlandos d'Amour was difficult, as the band was working on a small budget, with no manager or record deal. It was recorded during off-peak hours at the Surrey Sound Studios in Leatherhead, Surrey, a converted recording facility above a dairy which was run by brothers Chris and Nigel Gray. During one of his periodic studio visits, Miles heard "Roxanne" for the first time at the end of a session. Where he had been less enthusiastic about the band's other songs, the elder Copeland was immediately struck by the track, and quickly got the Police
Police a record deal with A&M Records on the strength of it. "Roxanne" was issued as a single in the spring of 1978, while other album tracks were still in the midst of being recorded, but it failed to chart. It also failed to make the BBC's playlist, which the band attributed to the song's depiction of prostitution. A&M consequently promoted the single with posters claiming "Banned by the BBC," though it was never really banned, just not play-listed. Copeland later admitted, "We got a lot of mileage out of it being supposedly banned by the BBC."
BBC Television Centre where The Police
Police made their television debut on The Old Grey Whistle Test
The Old Grey Whistle Test in 1978, and where they also made their first appearance on Top of the Pops
Top of the Pops in 1979.
Police made their first television appearance a few months later, in October 1978, on BBC2's The Old Grey Whistle Test
The Old Grey Whistle Test to promote the release of Outlandos d'Amour. Though "Roxanne" was never banned, the BBC
BBC did ban the second single from Outlandos d'Amour, "Can't Stand Losing You". This was due to the single's cover, which featured Copeland hanging himself over an ice block being melted by a portable radiator. The single became a minor chart hit, the Police's first, peaking at No. 42 in the UK. The follow-up single "So Lonely", issued in November 1978, failed to chart. In February 1979 "Roxanne" was issued as a single in North America, where it was warmly received on radio despite the subject matter. The song peaked at No. 31 in Canada and No. 32 in the US, spurring a UK re-release of it in April. The band performed "Roxanne" on BBC1's Top of the Pops, and the re-issue of the song finally gained the band widespread recognition in the UK when it peaked at No. 12 on the UK Singles Chart. The group's US success led to a gig at the famous New York club CBGB and a gruelling 1979 North American tour in which the band drove themselves and their equipment around the country in a Ford Econoline van. That summer, "Can't Stand Losing You" was also re-released in the UK, becoming a substantial hit, peaking at No. 2. The group's first single, "Fall Out", was re-issued in late 1979, and became a minor chart hit, peaking at No. 47 in the UK. 1979: Reggatta de Blanc In October 1979, the group released their second album, Reggatta de Blanc, which topped the UK Albums Chart, and became the first of five consecutive UK No. 1 albums. The album spawned the hit singles "Message in a Bottle" (No. 1 UK, No. 2 Canada, No. 5 Australia) and "Walking on the Moon" (No. 1 UK). The album's singles failed to dent the US top 40, but Reggatta de Blanc
Reggatta de Blanc still hit No. 25 on the US album charts. The band's first live performance of "Message in a Bottle" was on the BBC's television show Rock Goes to College filmed at Hatfield Polytechnic College in Hertfordshire. The instrumental title track "Regatta de Blanc" won the Grammy Award
Grammy Award for Best Rock Instrumental Performance. In February 1980, the single "So Lonely" was re-issued in the UK. Originally a non-charting flop when first issued in late 1978, upon re-release the track became a UK top 10 hit, peaking at No. 6. In March 1980, the Police
Police began their first world tour, which included places that had seldom hosted foreign performers—-including Mexico, India, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Greece, and Egypt. The tour was subsequently documented in the film The Police
Police Around the World (1982), directed by Kate and Derek Burbidge, which encompasses footage shot by Anne Nightingale originally intended for a BBC
BBC production The Police
Police in the East. In May 1980, A&M in the UK released Six Pack, a package containing the five previous A&M singles (not including "Fall Out") in their original sleeves plus a mono alternate take of the album track "The Bed's Too Big Without You" backed with a live version of "Truth Hits Everybody". It reached No. 17 in the UK Singles Chart
UK Singles Chart (although chart regulations introduced later in the decade would have classed it as an album). 1980–1981: Zenyatta Mondatta
Sting with the
Police in Buenos Aires, Argentina, 1980.
Pressured by their record company for a new record and a prompt return
to touring, the
Police released their third album, Zenyatta Mondatta, in October 1980. The album was recorded in a three-week period in the Netherlands for tax reasons. The album gave the group their third UK No. 1 hit, "Don't Stand So Close to Me" (the UK's best selling single of 1980) and another hit single, "De Do Do Do, De Da Da Da", both of which reached No. 10 in the US. While the three band members and co-producer Nigel Gray all expressed immediate regret over the rushed recording for the album, which was finished at 4 a.m. on the day the band began their world tour, the album received high praise from critics. The instrumental "Behind My Camel", written by Andy Summers, won the band a Grammy
Grammy for Best Rock Instrumental Performance, while "Don't Stand So Close to Me" won the Grammy
Grammy for Best Rock Vocal Performance for Duo or Group. 1981–1982: Ghost in the Machine and Brimstone and Treacle The Police's fourth album, Ghost in the Machine, co-produced by Hugh Padgham, was recorded at Air Studios on the Caribbean island of Montserrat, with the exception of "Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic" which was recorded at Le Studio
Le Studio at Morin Heights, Quebec, Canada, and released in 1981. It featured thicker sounds, layered saxophones, and vocal textures. It spawned the hit singles "Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic" (featuring pianist Jean Roussel), their fourth UK No. 1 (No. 3 in the U.S.), "Invisible Sun", and "Spirits in the Material World". As the band was unable to agree on a cover picture, the album cover had three red pictographs, digital likenesses of the three band members in the style of segmented LED displays, set against a black background. In the 1980s, Sting and Summers became tax exiles and moved to Ireland (Sting to Roundstone in Galway, and Summers to Kinsale in County Cork) while Copeland, an American, remained in England. The group opened and closed the 1981 concert film, Urgh! A Music War. The film, which captured the music scene in the wake of punk, was masterminded by Stewart Copeland's brothers Ian and Miles. The film had a limited release but developed a mythic reputation over the years. At the 1982 Brit Awards
Brit Awards in London, the Police
Police received the award for Best British Group. After the Ghost in the Machine Tour concluded in 1982, the group took a sabbatical and each member pursued outside projects. By this time, Sting was becoming a major star, and he established a career beyond the Police
Police by branching out into acting. Back in 1979, he had made a well-received debut as the "Ace Face" in Quadrophenia, the film version of The Who's rock opera, followed by a role as a mechanic in love with Eddie Cochran's music in Chris Petit's Radio On. In 1982, Sting furthered his acting career by co-starring in the Richard Loncraine film Brimstone and Treacle. He also had a minor solo hit in the United Kingdom with the movie's theme song, a cover of the 1929 hit "Spread a Little Happiness" (which appeared on the Brimstone & Treacle soundtrack, along with three new Police tracks, "How Stupid Mister Bates", "A Kind of Loving", and "I Burn for You"). Over 1981 and 1982, Summers recorded his first album with Robert Fripp, I Advance Masked. In 1983, Stewart Copeland
Stewart Copeland composed the musical score for Francis Ford Coppola's film Rumble Fish. The single " Don't Box Me In
Don't Box Me In (theme From Rumble Fish)", a collaboration between Copeland and singer-songwriter Stan Ridgway
Stan Ridgway (of the band Wall of Voodoo) received significant airplay upon release of the film that year. Also in 1983, Sting filmed his first big-budget movie role playing Feyd-Rautha
Feyd-Rautha in David Lynch's Dune. As Sting's fame rose, his relationship with Stewart Copeland deteriorated. Their increasingly strained partnership was further stretched by the pressures of worldwide publicity and fame, conflicting egos, and their financial success. Meanwhile, both Sting's and Summers' marriages failed. 1983: Synchronicity
Synchronicity and "The Biggest Band in the World" In 1983, the Police
Police released their last studio album, Synchronicity, which spawned the hit singles "Every Breath You Take", "Wrapped Around Your Finger", "King of Pain", and " Synchronicity
Synchronicity II". By that time, several critics deemed them "the biggest rock band in the world." Recording the album, however, was a tense affair with increasing disputes among the band. The three members recorded their contributions individually in separate rooms and over-dubbed at different times.
Police performed to 70,000 at Shea Stadium, New York in 1983, with Sting announcing near the end of the concert: "We'd like to thank the Beatles for lending us their stadium."
Synchronicity Tour began in Chicago, Illinois in July 1983 at the
original Comiskey Park, and on 18 August the band played in front of
70,000 in Shea Stadium, New York. They played throughout the UK in
December 1983, including four sold out nights at London's Wembley
Arena, and the tour ended in Melbourne, Australia in March 1984 at the
Melbourne Showgrounds (the final concert featured Sunny Boys, Australian Crawl and Bryan Adams, with the Police
Police topping the bill). Sting's look, dominated by his orange-coloured hair (a result from his role in Dune) and tattered clothing, both of which were emphasised in the music videos from the album, carried over into the set for the concert. Except for "King of Pain", the singles were accompanied by music videos directed by Godley & Creme. According to Billboard and Guinness' British Hit Singles & Albums the album became a No. 1 album in both the UK (where it debuted at No. 1) and the US. It stayed at No. 1 in the UK for two weeks and in the US for seventeen weeks. It was nominated for Grammy
Grammy Awards for Album of the Year, but lost to Michael Jackson's Thriller. "Every Breath You Take" won the Grammy
Grammy for Song of the Year, beating Jackson's "Billie Jean". "Every Breath You Take" also won the Grammy for Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal, while " Synchronicity
Synchronicity II" won the Grammy
Grammy for Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal. "Every Breath You Take" also won the American Video Award for Best Group video, and the song won two Ivor Novello Awards in the categories Best Song Musically and Lyrically and Most Performed Work from the British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors. 1984–1986: Hiatus, aborted sixth studio album During the group's 1983 Shea Stadium
Shea Stadium concert, Sting felt performing at the venue was "Everest" and decided to pursue a solo career, according to the documentary The Last Play at Shea. After the Synchronicity tour ended in March 1984, the band went on hiatus while Sting recorded and toured in support of his successful solo debut LP, the jazz-influenced The Dream of the Blue Turtles, released in June 1985; Copeland recorded and filmed The Rhythmatist (1985); and Summers recorded another album with Robert Fripp
Robert Fripp (Bewitched, 1984) and the theme song for the film 2010—which was not used in the film, but included on the soundtrack album. At the 1985 Brit Awards
Brit Awards held at London's Grosvenor Hotel
Grosvenor Hotel on 11 February, the band received the award for Outstanding Contribution to Music. In July the same year, Sting and Copeland participated in Live Aid
Live Aid at Wembley Stadium, London.
"Even though logic would say, 'Are you out of your mind? You're in the biggest band in the world—-just bite the bullet and make some money.' But there continued to be some instinct, against logic, against good advice, [that] told me I should quit."
—Sting on quitting the band in 1986.
In June 1986, the trio reconvened to play three concerts for the
Amnesty International A Conspiracy of Hope
A Conspiracy of Hope Tour. In July of that year, they reunited in the studio to record a new album. However, Copeland broke his collarbone in a fall from a horse and was unable to play the drums. As a result of the tense and short-lived reunion in the studio, " Don't Stand So Close to Me
Don't Stand So Close to Me '86" was released in October 1986 as their final single and made it into the UK Top 25; it also appeared on the 1986 compilation Every Breath You Take: The Singles, which reached No. 1 in the UK album charts. "De Do Do Do De Da Da Da" was subsequently included on the DTS-CD release of the Every Breath You Take: The Classics album in 1995. Following the failed effort to record a new studio album, the Police effectively disbanded. In the liner notes to the Police's box set Message in a Box, Summers explains: "The attempt to record a new album was doomed from the outset. The night before we went into the studio Stewart broke his collarbone falling off a horse and that meant we lost our last chance of recovering some rapport just by jamming together. Anyway, it was clear Sting had no real intention of writing any new songs for the Police. It was an empty exercise." 1986–2006: Disbandment Each band member continued with his solo career over the next 20 years. Sting continued recording and touring as a solo performer to great success. Summers recorded a number of albums, both as a solo artist and in collaboration with other musicians. Copeland became a prolific producer of movie and television soundtracks, and he recorded and toured with two new bands, Animal Logic and Oysterhead. However, a few events did bring the Police
Police back together, albeit briefly. Summers played guitar on Sting's album ...Nothing Like the Sun
...Nothing Like the Sun (1987), a favour the singer returned by playing bass on Summers' album Charming Snakes (1989) and later singing lead vocals on "'Round Midnight" for Summers' tribute to Thelonious Monk
Thelonious Monk Green Chimneys (1999). On 2 October 1991 (Sting's 40th birthday), Summers joined Sting on stage at the Hollywood Bowl
Hollywood Bowl during The Soul Cages
The Soul Cages Tour to perform "Walking on the Moon", "Every Breath You Take", and "Message in a Bottle". The performance was broadcast as a pay-per-view event. On 22 August 1992, Sting married Trudie Styler
Trudie Styler in an 11th-century chapel in Wiltshire, southwest England. Summers and Copeland were invited to the ceremony and reception. Aware that all band members were present, the wedding guests pressured the trio into playing, and they performed "Roxanne" and "Message in a Bottle". Copeland said later that "after about three minutes, it became 'the thing' again". In 1995 A&M released Live!, a double live album produced by Andy Summers featuring two complete concerts—one recorded on 27 November 1979 at the Orpheum Theatre in Boston during the Reggatta de Blanc tour, and one recorded on 2 November 1983 at the Omni in Atlanta, Georgia during the Synchronicity Tour (the latter one was also documented in the VHS tape Synchronicity
Synchronicity Concert in 1984). On 10 March 2003, the Police
Police were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and performed "Roxanne", "Message in a Bottle", and "Every Breath You Take" live, as a group (the last song was performed alongside Steven Tyler, Gwen Stefani, and John Mayer). In the autumn of 2003, Sting released his autobiography, Broken Music. In 2004, Copeland and Summers joined Incubus onstage at KROQ's Almost Acoustic Christmas concert in Los Angeles performing "Roxanne" and "Message in a Bottle". In 2004, Henry Padovani released an album with the participation of Copeland and Sting on one track, reuniting the original Police
Police line-up for the first time since 1977. Also in 2004, Rolling Stone
Rolling Stone ranked The Police
Police No. 70 on their list of the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time. In 2006, Stewart Copeland
Stewart Copeland made a rockumentary about the band called Everyone Stares: The Police
Police Inside Out, based on Super-8
Super-8 filming he did when the band was touring and recording in the late 1970s and early 1980s. In October 2006, Andy Summers
Andy Summers released One Train Later, an autobiographical memoir detailing his early career and time with the band. 2007–2008: Reunion tour Main article: The Police
Police Reunion Tour
Sting with the group at Madison Square Garden, August 2007.
In early 2007, reports surfaced the trio would reunite for a tour to
mark the Police's 30th anniversary, more than 20 years since their
split in 1986. The tour coincided with Universal Music (current
owners of the A&M label) re-releasing some material from the
band's back catalogue. The following statement was released on
behalf of the band by a spokesman at Interscope-Geffen-A&M and
posted on Sting's official website: "As the 30th anniversary of the
Police single approaches, discussions have been underway as to how this will be commemorated. While we can confirm that there will indeed be something special done to mark the occasion, the depth of the band's involvement still remains undetermined." On 22 January 2007, the punk wave magazine Side-Line broke the story the Police
Police would reunite for the Grammys, and would perform "Roxanne". Side-Line also stated the Police
Police were to embark on a massive world tour. Billboard magazine later confirmed the news, quoting Andy Summers' 2006 statement as to how the band could have continued post-Synchronicity: "The more rational approach would have been, 'OK, Sting, go make a solo record, and let's get back together in two or three years.' I'm certain we could have done that. Of course we could have. We were definitely not in a creative dry space. We could have easily carried on, and we could probably still be there. That wasn't to be our fate. It went in another way. I regret we never paid it off with a last tour." The band opened the 49th Annual Grammy
Grammy Awards on 11 February 2007 in Los Angeles, announcing, "Ladies and gentlemen, we are the Police, and we're back!" before launching into "Roxanne". After the dissolution of the Police, Sting adamantly refused to reunite with Copeland or Summers for any prolonged period, often commenting "If I ever reform the Police
Police I should be certified insane." However, by 2007, he had a change of heart. When asked what prompted the reunion, Sting said "I'd just done the lute album—Songs from the Labyrinth. I was thinking: 'Well what do I do? What's going to surprise people?' I just had this instinct, this desire to call the guys up and say: 'Let's give this a go.'" Sting added he saw the reunion as "a kind of healing. I think solving problems is an exercise worth doing".
Andy Summers performing in Marseille with the group, June, 2008.
A&M Records, the band's record company, promoted the 2007–08
reunion tour as the 30th anniversary of the band's formation, and of
the release of their first single for A&M, "Roxanne". The
Police Reunion Tour began in late May 2007 with two shows in Vancouver. Stewart Copeland
Stewart Copeland gave a scathing review of the show on his own website, which the press interpreted as a feud occurring two gigs into the tour. Copeland later apologised for besmirching "my buddy Sting," and chalked up the comments to 'hyper self-criticism'. Tickets for the British leg of the tour sold out within 30 minutes, and the band played two nights at Twickenham Stadium, southwest London
London on 8 and 9 September. On 29 and 30 September 2007, Henry Padovani joined the group on stage for the final encore of their two shows in Paris, The Police
Police playing the song "Next to You" as a four-piece band. In October 2007, the group played the largest gig of the reunion tour in Dublin, Ireland, in front of 82,000 fans. They continued their reunion tour in 2008, and locations included New Zealand, Australia, Singapore, Macau, Japan, Canada, the United States, France, Germany, Norway, Denmark, UK, Serbia, Poland, Puerto Rico, and South America including Chile, Argentina and Brazil. The group were headliners at the TW Classic festival in Werchter, Belgium on 7 June 2008. The Police
Police also headlined the last night of the 2008 Isle of Wight Festival
Isle of Wight Festival on 15 June 2008, in addition to headlining the Heineken Jammin' Festival in Venice on 23 June and the Sunday night at Hard Rock Calling (previously called Hyde Park Calling) in London
London on 29 June. In February 2008, the band announced once they were finished touring, they would break up again. According to Sting, "There will be no new album, no big new tour, once we're done with our reunion tour, that's it for the Police."
Stewart Copeland performing in Marseille with the group.
The final show of the tour was held on 7 August 2008 at Madison Square
Garden in New York City. The band performed the opening song of the
night, "Message in a Bottle", supported by the brass band of the New
Police Corp. Later, they performed "Sunshine of Your Love" and "Purple Haze" as a tribute to the rock trios that preceded them (Cream and The Jimi Hendrix Experience). While announcing the show, the group also announced their donation of $1 million to New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg's initiative to plant one million trees in the city by 2017. Proceeds of the concert went towards arts programming for the city's two public television stations, WNET and WLIW. During the entire tour, the Police
Police sold 3.7 million tickets and grossed $358 million, making it the third-highest-grossing tour of all-time at its conclusion. On 11 November 2008, the Police released Certifiable: Live in Buenos Aires, a Blu-ray, DVD and CD set of the band's two performances in Buenos Aires, Argentina
Buenos Aires, Argentina on the tour (December 1 and 2, 2007). Those sets with two DVDs also included a documentary shot by Copeland's son Jordan entitled Better Than Therapy as well as some photographs of Buenos Aires taken by Andy Summers. Legacy In 2003, the Police
Police were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in their first year of eligibility. In 2004, Rolling Stone
Rolling Stone ranked the Police
Police number 70 on their list of the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time, and in 2010, the band were ranked 40th on VH1's 100 Greatest Artists of All Time. Four of the band's five studio albums appeared on Rolling Stone's 2003 list of the 500 greatest albums of all time: Ghost in the Machine (number 322), Reggatta de Blanc
Reggatta de Blanc (number 369), Outlandos d'Amour
Outlandos d'Amour (number 434), and Synchronicity
Synchronicity (number 455). In the magazine's 2004 list of the 500 greatest songs of all time, "Every Breath You Take" ranked number 84 (the highest new wave song on the list), and "Roxanne" ranked number 388. "Message in a Bottle" ranked number 65 in the magazine's 2008 list of the 100 greatest guitar songs of all time. With a string of UK number one albums the Police
Police were among the most commercially successful British bands of the early 1980s, and with success overseas they are typically regarded as in both the vanguard of the Second British Invasion, and the new wave movement. Despite the band's well-documented disagreements with one another, Summers confirmed in 2015 that Sting, Copeland and he are good friends. Summers said, "Despite the general press thing about 'God, they hate each other,' it's actually not true, we're very supportive of one another." Musical style
A "power trio", the
Police performing at the Rogers Arena, Vancouver in 2007.
Police started as a punk rock band, but soon expanded their music vocabulary to incorporate reggae, pop and new wave sonorities to their sound. In his retrospective assessment Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Stephen Thomas Erlewine of AllMusic
AllMusic argues that the notion of The Police
Police as a punk rock band was true only "in the loosest sense of the term". He states the band's "nervous, reggae-injected pop/rock was punky" and had a "punk spirit" but it "wasn't necessarily punk". A "power trio," the Police are known as a new wave and post-punk band, with many songs falling in the reggae-fusion genre. Discography Main article: The Police
Police Around the World Tour (1977–80) Zenyatta Mondatta
Zenyatta Mondatta Tour (1980–81) Ghost in the Machine Tour (1981–82) Synchronicity Tour (1983–84) The Police
Police Reunion Tour (2007–08)
Stewart Copeland – drums, percussion, backing vocals, occasional lead vocals, keyboards (January 1977 – July 1986, 2003, 2007–2008), guitars (1977) Sting – lead vocals, bass guitar, double bass, keyboards, saxophone, harmonica (January 1977 – July 1986, 2003, 2007–2008) Andy Summers
Andy Summers – guitars, backing vocals, occasional lead vocals, keyboards (June 1977 – July 1986, 2003, 2007–2008) Henry Padovani – guitar (January–August 1977; reunion tour finale, Paris with Sting, Summers, and Copeland 2007)
Awards American Music Awards
Year Nominee/work Award Result
1984 Themselves Favorite Pop/Rock Band/Duo/Group Nominated
Synchronicity Favorite Pop/Rock Album Nominated
"Every Breath You Take" Favorite Pop/Rock Single Nominated
1982: Best British Group 1985: Outstanding Contribution to Music
1980: Best Rock Instrumental Performance for "Reggatta de Blanc"
Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal
Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal for "Don't Stand So Close to Me" 1981: Best Rock Instrumental Performance for "Behind My Camel" 1983: Song of the Year for "Every Breath You Take" 1983: Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal for "Every Breath You Take" 1983: Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal
Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal for Synchronicity
Year Nominee/work Award Result
1984 Synchronicity International Album of the Year Won
"Every Breath You Take" International Single of the Year Nominated
People's Choice Awards
Year Nominee/work Award Result
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