|a photo from before the concert - copyright Christina Belding|
|a photo from this concert - copyright Dietmar|
|an All Access pass for this concert - provided by Suzanne Paradis|
|a complimentary ticket for this concert - provided by Christina Belding|
|the two remaining NTSC VHS master tapes|
|the 2" Master Video Tape|
|Artist performing:||The Police|
|Tour:||1983-1984 Synchronicity Tour|
|Location:||Montreal, QC, Canada|
|Support acts:||Blue Peter|
|Ticket prices:||radio competition only|
- Synchronicity I
- Synchronicity II
- Walking In Your Footsteps
- Message In A Bottle
- Demolition Man
- O My God
- De Do Do Do De Da Da Da
- Wrapped Around Your Finger
- Tea In The Sahara
- Spirits In The Material World
- Hole In My Life
- Invisible Sun
- One World (Not Three)
- King Of Pain
- Every Breath You Take
- Murder By Numbers
- Don't Stand So Close To Me
- Can't Stand Losing You
- So Lonely
There's a great recording of this concert. An edited version of this concert was broadcast on TV.
Montreal's CHOM-FM radio station had purchased all tickets to this concert and started to distribute them at radio competitions starting on July 28, 1983. Winners had to sign tickets when claiming them and then again at Le Spectrum's box office, so that no scalpers had the chance to make any profit. Minutes before the show Miles Copeland opened the doors of the venue to another 100 fans who were waiting outside, so that eventually about 800 people watched this special performance.
Before the concert The Police had a meal in a restaurant close to the venue.
Invisible Sun had Sting sing a few lines of Wouldn't It Be Lovely from My Fair Lady towards the end of the song. The band then left the stage with Sting saying "We are going for a tea break, we will see you in 5...10 minutes, bye-bye"
King Of Pain on the second Universal In-House time-coded VHS Master Tape, does not feature the recorded Sting vocal of "There's a little black spot on the sun today". It is completely silent, with just the music backing track playing, only up to the point where Sting sings "...sun today....what?" On the PayTV broadcast, it has been cleverly added in!
Only 2 single camera angle reels (Rushes) exist of this concert, in Universal Music Groups US Library. The 2" Master Video Tape, is signed off as missing. However the 2" Master Video Tape (from the studio Godley & Creme were working at) survives, along with 2 Universal In-House time-coded VHS Master Tapes. The first VHS tape - Synchronicity I to Invisible Sun is Sting & Stewart's camera angle from the right side of the stage. The second VHS tape - One World (Not Three) to So Lonely is Sting head on and occasionally zooms out to see all 3 members of the band head on.
It also worth mentioning that Demolition Man, O My God, Murder By Numbers and Tea In The Sahara would make up the bonus Montreal footage on the Synchronicity Concert DVD, but sadly the rushes of these tracks (from the 2 single camera angle reels) were rejected by Sting's management and were removed before going to press. However, the backstage tea party (which was a single camera angle which followed the band backstage) remained on the commercial DVD release.
Photos from this concert appear in The Police Chronicles.
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