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  posted on 8/2/2009 at 06:21 AM
On August 5, 2007 (almost two years ago) I finally got a chance to do something that
I could not for so long: see the Police live at Giants Stadium.

In my opinion, they had a sound like no other band in rock n roll history. Their blend of punk and reggae on their early albums was trailblazing. However by the 80s they really hit their peak, and had their biggest successes. Probably the biggest rock band of the era.

Although I was a big fan after they releaed GHOST IN THE MACHINE in 1981, I was too young to attend their show. Consequently after a few more years in the early 80s they broke up. Luckily I did get to see them on their reunion tour. I enjoyed the Giants Stadium show and was impressed by their continued musical prowess, especially Andy Summers and Stuart Copeland. However it was obvious that Sting could no longer hit all the high notes. Also it was obvious that they were treading the same ground, and performing the same old songs they've been doing for years.

I still love listening to the Police and enjoy all or most of their songs. However their output was rather dissapointing due to the fact that they broke up in their prime. I wish they could have put out some more great music. They are now in the Rock n Roll Hall of Fame. Do you think they are deserving of this honor?

OUTLANDOS D'AMOUR (1978)
REGATTA DE BLANC (1979)
ZENYATTA MONDATTA (1980)
GHOST IN THE MACHINE (1981)
SYNCHRONICITY (1983)

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  posted on 8/2/2009 at 06:41 AM
The police don't do a thing for me but that is my opinion
 

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  posted on 8/2/2009 at 06:42 AM
i never did like em,,,,,,,

 

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  posted on 8/2/2009 at 06:46 AM
Like 'em...always did....really like Stewart Copeland..

 

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  posted on 8/2/2009 at 07:07 AM
I seen the SYNCHRONICITY tour in the orange bowl it was an awesome concert...the animals and the the fixx opened for them...

 

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  posted on 8/2/2009 at 08:13 AM
Always liked them. Still do.

and yes I would consider them to be a great band. They broke out between the Punk and New Wave scene.

"Walking on the Moon" is my fave by them.

[Edited on 8/2/2009 by OldDirtRoad]

 

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  posted on 8/2/2009 at 09:04 AM
I saw them two years ago at Churchill Downs and it was a great show.

However, Sting as a solo artist is overrated.

 

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  posted on 8/2/2009 at 09:09 AM
like most bands from the 80's I hated them

 

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  posted on 8/2/2009 at 09:18 AM
Not much of a fan of that band.

However, I find Sting's solo projects much better musically. Probably my favorite of his touring bands included Brandford Marsalis, Kenny Kirklland, and several other jazz players. They also had 2 backup female vocalists. That was a tremendous band. The concerts rank as some of the best I've seen over the years. There was a movie about putting that band together & rehearsal sessions. I believe they rehearsed in a castle in Europe somewhere.

Sting is a major talent & writer.

 

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  posted on 8/2/2009 at 09:43 AM
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I seen the SYNCHRONICITY tour in the orange bowl it was an awesome concert...the animals and the the fixx opened for them...


You mean the Animals with Eric Burdon?

 

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  posted on 8/2/2009 at 09:43 AM
I was at the Churchill Down's show that WarEagle mentions and agree that it was amazing!

I think Sting being the public face of the band way overshadowed the talent that Andy and Stewart had. I believe Stewart is one of the better drummers ever.

 

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  posted on 8/2/2009 at 09:54 AM
I like them a lot. My band in '83 and '84 played a lot of their music, and it was a blast to play then.

I saw them on the "Ghost" tour in '81 at MSG (with the Go-Gos opening) and at the infamous Shea Stadium show and also in Atlantic City on the "Synchronicity" tour.

I also like some of Sting's solo music.

 

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  posted on 8/2/2009 at 09:56 AM
Great band right up until the hype wagon began after the ghost in the machine album.

I do think the Clash were a better band from that era.

One of my favourites -

Ive called you so many times today
And I guess its all true what your girlfriends say
That you dont ever want to see me again
And your brothers going to kill me and hes six feet ten
I guess youd call it cowardice
But Im not prepared to go on like this

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I see youve sent my letters back
And my lp records and theyre all scratched
I cant see the point in another day
When nobody listens to a word I say
You can call it lack of confidence
But to carry on living doesnt make no sense

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I guess this is our last goodbye
And you dont care, so I wont cry
But youll be sorry when Im dead
And all this guilt will be on your head
I guess youd call it suicide
But Im too full to swallow my pride

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  posted on 8/2/2009 at 10:18 AM
A distant third for me to Elvis Costello and Talking Heads from that time period. Saw them 2 years ago - OK but didn't blow me away. Have seen Elvis more than once - 2hrs non stop music no talking. Still dreaming of a TH reunion. Saw David B. solo recently - he's lost a little bit of the edge without a band of substance to back him (and buck him)
 

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  posted on 8/2/2009 at 11:35 AM
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yep was a awesome show

 

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  posted on 8/2/2009 at 11:38 AM
Loved these guys in the 80's.
Like someone already said, by the time I was old enough to attend shows on my own they were disbanded.
Definate flashback seeing them in Holmdel last summer!! They were better then expected, as I had read some negative reviews leading up to the show.

 

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  posted on 8/2/2009 at 12:07 PM
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Individually talented, over rated as a Band.

 

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  posted on 8/2/2009 at 12:10 PM
loved em - great band. solo stuff - not so much.

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yep was a awesome show



in the 60's andy summers was in a late version of eric burdon & the new animals. if you look close you can catch him in this clip.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U1QyTrQ9jQg

 

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  posted on 8/2/2009 at 12:31 PM
The Police- Great 80's band IMO

Andy Summers and Stewart Copeland- Brilliant, underrated musicians

Sting- Talented but overrrated (mostly by Sting... )

 

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  posted on 8/2/2009 at 12:41 PM
the police and sting are great. i think they deserve to be in the RNR HOF. i'm glad they finally reunited to say goodbye to their fans. at least they did a full tour unlike cream who played no more than 10 dates. wish i'd seen the reunion tour of the police
 

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  posted on 8/2/2009 at 12:47 PM
I've always loved The Police and also Sting's solo stuff.

 

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  posted on 8/2/2009 at 01:07 PM
I liked them on radio (when I still listened to radio ) . A song at a time they were good,but when I listened to an album straight through the repetive lyrics really annoyed the heck out of me.

 

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  posted on 8/2/2009 at 03:13 PM
never been a fan of punk or reggae so nothing the police played did anything for me i would say overrated but copeland is a great drumer..

 

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  posted on 8/2/2009 at 04:26 PM
The Police were THE BAND in the 80's , there music is timeless. I can put on any of their albums and it takes me right back to a happy place in the 80's. : )
 

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  posted on 8/2/2009 at 04:32 PM
Loved them and still do...

A band I was a part of in the 80's loved to play "When The World Is Running Down"

And Sting has the very best version of "Little Wing" hands down

 

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