Dispatches from the Creation Wars

Youtube Gems: The Police Tour 2007

For those who haven’t been able to get tickets to see the Police tour this year, there are a ton of Youtube clips up from the tour or at least from the announcement of the tour at the famous Whiskey a Go Go in LA. They barely remember some of the songs, which makes it amusing as they’re correcting each other during the songs.

Here’s Cant Stand Losing You:

Here’s Message in a Bottle.

Here’s some really old stuff, Voices Inside and When the World is Running Down:

And here’s Roxanne:

And just for fun, because I came across this clip and I think it’s cool as hell: Incubus with Stewart Copeland and Andy Summers performing live and doing both Incubus and Police songs.

Comments

  1. #1 pough
    June 30, 2007

    I work at the local stadium where they played. I was up in the rafters during their practice and there was a great moment during “Bed’s Too Big Without You” when Andy walked across the stage and just stared at Sting, for no apparent reason. Sting looked to his left and saw Andy there. Their eyes locked for a few seconds, and then Sting obviously realized that he was singing “the bed’s too big without you” to an aging male guitar player. He kept playing bass, but he chuckled and said, “Yes Andy why don’t you just stay there and I’ll sing this song to you.”

    They seem to be having a helluva lot of fun.

  2. #2 pough
    June 30, 2007

    Here’s some really old stuff, Voices Inside and When the World is Running Down:

    Ahem, the first two songs are from their first two albums, respectively, but these two are from their third album, so “really old” is a strange description.

    An interesting thing (IMO) about this band is that for all their popularity and output, they were almost a flash in the pan. Their first four albums came out once per year, then they took a short break (an extra year) before their fifth and final album. Considering how fickle UK fans are, I’d say that’s pretty much perfect. Any longer and the critics would have started to crucify them for outstaying their welcome.

  3. #3 shiva
    July 1, 2007

    When these guys were still cutting their teeth they performed in Bombay and other obscure places on their first world tour. The tickets were going so cheap then that I thought it was another one of those worthless foreign bands that landed up in India because it had nowhere else to go! I should have known better. A friend of mine missed out on Jimmy Page when he jammed at the notorious Slipped Disc on Colaba Causeway, in South Bombay, in similar circumstances! But of course thanks to the US Consulate I got to see some really topnotch folks like Herbie Hancock, Dizzy Gillespie, and Jay Hoggard for free.

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