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S I M P LY A B U DH A B I
The Police had a whirlwind run in which they released
five albums and racked up six Grammy Awards. It all
ended in 1983 when, after playing New York's Shea
Stadium, Sting decided that was the band’s zenith, they
could go no higher, and so broke up the band. The band
has only reformed once, in 2007, for a one-year tour
that goes down in the books as the third highest-
grossing tour of all time, earning US$350 million.
Tonight Sting resurrects the Police songs ‘Demolition
Man’, ‘Driven to Tears’, ‘Message in a Bottle’, ‘Wrapped
Around My Finger’ and the irreverent glee of ‘De Do
Do Do, De Da Da Da’ before closing the set with the
incomparable ‘Roxanne’ – an extended 8-minute long
version replete with jazz solos.
The crowd make a huge appreciative noise that fills the
arena, but there’s still more yet, three more encores in
fact. With the first return to the stage we are treated to
the poignant ‘King of Pain’ and the often
misunderstood ‘Every Breath You Take’. People
understandably mistake this for a love song but Sting
actually wrote it as a warning to an ex-partner. The
second encore yields the anthemic ‘Walking on the
Moon’ and the lesser known ‘Next to You’. Sting closes
a triumphant night with a surprisingly delicate choice,
the solemn ‘Fragile’, which was written in 1987 and still
sounds as touching now as it ever did.