Monday, February 12, 2007

Get Ready to Shake Your Walkers, Here Come 'The Police'

The Police announced their first tour in decades Monday at a rehearsal at the Whisky a Go-Go as a throng of fans crowded near the legendary Sunset Strip nightclub.

The group, which led off Sunday night's Grammy Awards with a live performance, broke up in 1984. Members Sting, Andy Summers and Stewart Copeland have since pursued individual careers.

First tour in decades.... What to say. Sting is 55, Stewart Copeland is 54, and Andy Summers is 64 and now they are going to grace us with their presence together again, finally at last. I have been down that road before. The Eagles got back together and wanted $150 a seat to allow baby boomers the privilige of reliving their youth, and pretending for one night that they hadn't sold out.

I expect more of the same here. This is not to suggest that the Police will play their instruments delicately in fear of the arthritis kicking up, but it annoys me when musicians who obviously hate one another so much that they can barely share the same room decide that it's all worth it now, that they can command ridiculously high ticket fees.

If they charge $25 a seat, you can call me a liar. But you know you won't. They need to charge this much so they can book a second tour plane, just so Sting's ego can fit.