2007-2008 Reunion Tour

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Between 2007-05-27 and 2008-08-07, The Police took part in the 2007-2008 Reunion Tour.

Introduction

A reunion tour for The Police had long been the hope and wish of many fans of the band since their last public performances together in 1986. After many rumors and speculation about the possibility of concert appearances in 2007, given the year would mark the band's 30th anniversary, the reunion tour was officially announced on 2007-02-12 during a world-wide live broadcast on television and the internet.

Rehearsals for the tour had begun in January of 2007 in Vancouver, Canada, and then resumed in March of 2007 at Sting's studio at Il Palagio in Tuscany. Further rehearsals in Vancouver began in May of 2007 at the Squamish Indian reserve before the tour opened on 2007-05-27 with a Fan Club-only show.

Tour personnel

Touring musicians and band members

Road crew and technicians

Production crew

List here.

Charities supported

Corporate sponsorships

  • Best Buy (North American tour sponsor, 2007)
  • Citibank (North American tour sponsor, 2008)

Support act(s)

A number of different support acts were involved in the 2007-2008 Reunion Tour including

  • The Charlatans
  • Fergie (2008 Australia and New Zealand shows)
  • Fiction Plane
  • Elvis Costello & the Imposters
  • The Fratellis
  • James Morrison (2008-06-08 and 2008-06-10)
  • Starsailor

Support acts that appeared for single concert events:

Timeline

Notable performances

Particularly notable dates on the 2007-2008 Reunion Tour included:

Summary of tour dates

The 2007-2008 Reunion Tour took part in several legs, as summarized below:

Date Venue Location
2007 North American summer leg
2007-05-27 GM Place Vancouver, BC, Canada
2007-05-28 GM Place Vancouver, BC, Canada
2007-05-30 GM Place Vancouver, BC, Canada
2007-06-02 Commonwealth Stadium Edmonton, AB, Canada
2007-06-06 Key Arena Seattle, WA, USA
2007-06-07 Key Arena Seattle, WA, USA
2007-06-09 Pepsi Center Denver, CO, USA
2007-06-10 Pepsi Center Denver, CO, USA
2007-06-13 McAfee Coliseum Oakland, CA, USA
2007-06-15 MGM Grand Garden Arena Las Vegas, NV, USA
2007-06-16 Great Stage Park Manchester, TN, USA
2007-06-18 US Airways Arena Phoenix, AZ, USA
2007-06-20 Staples Center Los Angeles, CA, USA
2007-06-21 Honda Center Anaheim, CA, USA
2007-06-23 Dodger Stadium Los Angeles, CA, USA
2007-06-26 American Airlines Center Dallas, TX, USA
2007-06-27 American Airlines Center Dallas, TX, USA
2007-06-29 Toyota Center Houston, TX, USA
2007-06-30 New Orleans Arena New Orleans, LA, USA
2007-07-02 Scottrade Center St. Louis, MO, USA
2007-07-03 Xcel Energy Center St. Paul, MN, USA
2007-07-05 Wrigley Field Chicago, IL, USA
2007-07-06 Wrigley Field Chicago, IL, USA
2007-07-07 Live Earth, Giants Stadium East Rutherford, NJ, USA
2007-07-10 Dolphins Stadium Miami, FL, USA
2007-07-11 St. Pete Times Forum Tampa, FL, USA
2007-07-14 Churchill Downs Louisville, KY, USA
2007-07-16 Quicken Loans Arena Cleveland, OH, USA
2007-07-17 The Palace Detroit, MI, USA
2007-07-19 Citizens Bank Park Philadelphia, PA, USA
2007-07-20 Hersheypark Stadium Hershey, PA, USA
2007-07-22 Air Canada Centre Toronto, ON, Canada
2007-07-23 Air Canada Centre Toronto, ON, Canada
2007-07-25 Bell Centre Montreal, QC, Canada
2007-07-26 Bell Centre Montreal, QC, Canada
2007-07-28 Fenway Park Boston, MA, USA
2007-07-29 Fenway Park Boston, MA, USA
2007-07-31 Rentschler Field Hartford, CT, USA
2007-08-01 Madison Square Garden New York, NY, USA
2007-08-03 Madison Square Garden New York, NY, USA
2007-08-04 Virgin Festival, Pimlico Race Course Baltimore, MD, USA
2007-08-05 Giants Stadium East Rutherford, NJ, USA
2007 European leg
2007-08-29 Globe Arena Stockholm, Sweden
2007-08-30 Globe Arena Stockholm, Sweden
2007-09-01 Vestereng Aarhus, Denmark
2007-09-04 National Indoor Arena Birmingham, England, UK
2007-09-05 National Indoor Arena Birmingham, England, UK
2007-09-08 Twickenham Stadium London, England, UK
2007-09-09 Twickenham Stadium London, England, UK
2007-09-11 AOL Arena Hamburg, Germany
2007-09-13 Amsterdam ArenA Amsterdam, The Netherlands
2007-09-14 Amsterdam ArenA Amsterdam, The Netherlands
2007-09-16 Stade de Genève Geneve, Switzerland
2007-09-19 Stadthalle Vienna, Austria
2007-09-22 Olympiastadion Munich, Germany
2007-09-25 Estádio Nacional Lisbon, Portugal
2007-09-27 Estadi Olímpic Lluís Companys Barcelona, Spain
2007-09-29 Stade de France Paris, France
2007-09-30 Stade de France Paris, France
2007-10-02 Stadio Delle Alpi Torino, Italy
2007-10-06 Croke Park Dublin, Ireland
2007-10-08 Sportpaleis Antwerp, Belgium
2007-10-19 Millenium Stadium Cardiff, Wales, UK
2007-10-20 Wembley Arena London, England, UK
2007 North American autumn leg
2007-10-31 Madison Square Garden New York, NY, USA
2007-11-02 Madison Square Garden New York, NY, USA
2007-11-03 Boardwalk Hall Atlantic City, NJ, USA
2007-11-05 Verizon Center Washington, DC, USA
2007-11-06 John Paul Jones Arena Charlottesville, VA, USA
2007-11-08 Air Canada Centre Toronto, ON, Canada
2007-11-09 Air Canada Centre Toronto, ON, Canada
2007-11-11 TD BankNorth Garden Boston, MA, USA
2007-11-12 Bell Centre Montreal, QC, Canada
2007-11-15 Charlotte Bobcats Arena Charlotte, NC, USA
2007-11-17 Philips Arena Atlanta, GA, USA
2007-11-18 Philips Arena Atlanta, GA, USA
2007-11-20 AT&T Center San Antonio, TX, USA
2007-11-24 Foro Sol Mexico City, Mexico
2007-11-27 Arena Monterrey Monterrey, Mexico
2007-11-28 Arena Monterrey Monterrey, Mexico
2007 South American winter leg
2007-12-01 Estadio River Plate Buenos Aires, Argentina
2007-12-02 Estadio River Plate Buenos Aires, Argentina
2007-12-05 Estadio Nacional Julio Martínez Prádanos Santiago de Chile, Chile
2007-12-08 Estádio Jornalista Mário Filho (Maracana Stadium) Rio De Janeiro, Brazil
2007-12-11 Coliseo de Puerto Rico San Juan, Puerto Rico
2008 Asia/Pacific leg
2008-01-17 Westpac Stadium Wellington, New Zealand
2008-01-19 Western Springs Stadium Auckland, New Zealand
2008-01-22 Suncorp Stadium Brisbane, Australia
2008-01-24 Telstra Stadium Sydney, Autralia
2008-01-26 Melbourne Cricket Ground Melbourne, Australia
2008-01-28 Adelaide Entertainment Centre Hindmarsh, Australia
2008-01-29 Adelaide Entertainment Centre Hindmarsh, Australia
2008-02-01 Members Equity Stadium Perth, Australia
2008-02-02 Members Equity Stadium Perth, Australia
2008-02-04 National Indoor Stadium Singapore
2008-02-07 Venetian Arena Macau
2008-02-10 Kyocera Dome Osaka Osaka, Japan
2008-02-13 Tokyo Dome Tokyo, Japan
2008-02-14 Tokyo Dome Tokyo, Japan
2008-02-16 Neal S. Blaisdell Center Honolulu, HI, USA
2008-02-17 Neal S. Blaisdell Center Honolulu, HI, USA
2008 North American Summer leg, part 1
2008-05-01 Scotiabank Place Ottawa, ON, Canada
2008-05-03 HSBC Arena Buffalo, NY, USA
2008-05-04 Nationwide Arena Columbus, OH, USA
2008-05-10 Allstate Arena Chicago, IL, USA
2008-05-11 Van Andel Arena Grand Rapids, MI, USA
2008-05-13 Sprint Center Kansas City, MO, USA
2008-05-14 Qwest Center Omaha, NE, USA
2008-05-16 Amway Arena Orlando, FL, USA
2008-05-17 Cruzan Amphitheatre W. Palm Beach, FL, USA
2008-05-20 Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion The Woodlands, TX, USA
2008-05-21 Superpages.com Center Dallas, TX, USA
2008-05-23 MGM Grand Las Vegas, NV, USA
2008-05-24 Cricket Wireless Pavilion Phoenix, AZ, USA
2008-05-26 Coors Amphitheatre San Diego, CA, USA
2008-05-27 Hollywood Bowl Los Angeles, CA, USA
2008-05-28 Hollywood Bowl Los Angeles, CA, USA
2008 European leg
2008-06-03 Stade Velodrome Marseille, France
2008-06-05 SAP Arena Mannheim, Germany
2008-06-07 Festivalpark (TW Festival) Werchter, Belgium
2008-06-08 LTU Arena Dusseldorf, Germany
2008-06-10 Stade J. Guichard St. Etienne, France
2008-06-12 Hallenstadion Zurich, Switzerland
2008-06-15 Isle of Wight Festival, Seaclose Park Newport, Isle of Wight, England, UK
2008-06-17 MEN Arena Manchester, England, UK
2008-06-18 MEN Arena Manchester, England, UK
2008-06-20 Stormont Belfast, Northern Ireland, UK
2008-06-22 Heineken Jammin' Festival Venice, Italy
2008-06-24 USCE Belgrade, Serbia
2008-06-26 Silesian Stadium Chorzow, Poland
2008-06-28 Messehalle 1 Leipzig, Germany
2008-06-29 Hard Rock Calling, Hyde Park London, England, UK
2008-07-02 Estadio Ciutat de Valencia Valencia, Spain
2008-07-04 BBK Live Festival, Kobetamendi Bilbao, Spain
2008-07-05 Rock in Rio Festival Madrid, Spain
2008 North American Summer leg, part 2
2008-07-11 Clark County Amphitheatre Portland, OR, USA
2008-07-12 The Gorge Amphitheatre George, WA, USA
2008-07-14 Shoreline Amphitheatre San Francisco, CA, USA
2008-07-16 Sleep Train Pavilion Concord, CA, USA
2008-07-17 Sleep Train Amphitheatre Sacramento, CA, USA
2008-07-19 USANA Amphitheatre Salt Lake City, UT, USA
2008-07-21 Red Rocks Amphitheatre Denver, CO, USA
2008-07-22 Red Rocks Amphitheatre Denver, CO, USA
2008-07-25 Marcus Amphitheater Milwaukee, WI, USA
2008-07-26 DTE Energy Music Theater Detroit, MI, USA
2008-07-28 Post Gazette Pavilion Pittsburgh, PA, USA
2008-07-29 Wachovia Center Philadelphia, PA, USA
2008-07-31 Tweeter Center Mansfield, MA, USA
2008-08-01 Saratoga Performing Arts Center Saratoga, NY, USA
2008-08-03 PNC Bank Arts Center Holmdel, NJ, USA
2008-08-04 Nikon At Jones Beach Theater Wantagh, NY, USA
2008-08-05 Nikon At Jones Beach Theater Wantagh, NY, USA
2008-08-07 Madison Square Garden New York, NY, USA

Canceled & rescheduled dates

This section needs more information

Date Venue Location
2007-10-09 Sportpaleis Antwerp, Belgium Show canceled
2007-10-10 SAP Arena Mannheim, Germany Show postponed, rescheduled for 2008-06-05
2007-10-13 LTU Arena Dusseldorf, Germany Show postponed, rescheduled for 2008-06-08
2007-10-15 MEN Arena Manchester, England, UK Show postponed, rescheduled for 2008-06-17
2007-10-16 MEN Arena Manchester, England, UK Show postponed, rescheduled for 2008-06-18
2007-11-14 Wachovia Center Philadelphia, PA, USA Show postponed, rescheduled for 2008-07-29
2007-12-15 Parque de Simon Bolivar Bogota, Colombia Show canceled
2008-06-11 Valle Horvin Oslo, Norway Show canceled
2008-06-13 Landsstævnestadion Haderslev, Denmark Show canceled

Quotations and trivia

This section needs more information.

Tour passes

2007 02 12 backstage pass.jpg 2007 05 rehearsals pass Dietmar.jpg 2007 07 02 local production pass.jpg 2007-all-access.jpg 2007-tourstaff.jpg 2007 06 15 pass.jpg 2007 06 21 hospitality pass Dietmar.jpg 2007 07 05 VIP pass.jpg 2007 07 07 volunteer pass.jpg 2007 07 19 red pass.jpg 2007 07 28 VIP pass.jpg 2007 08 01 hospitalitypass.jpg 2007 08 03 hospitalitypass.jpg 2007 08 05 hospitalitypass.jpg 2007 09 04 working personnel.jpg 2007 09 08 hospitalitypass.jpg 2007 09 09 hospitalitypass.jpg 2007 09 29 pass.jpg 2007 09 30 workingpass.jpg 2007 10 19 pass.jpg 2007 12 01 and 02 all access pass.jpg 2007-2008-all-access-green.jpg 2007-2008-tourstaff-black.jpg 2007-2008-all-access-pink.jpg 2008 05 27 Hollywood Bowl hospitality pass Dietmar .jpg 2008 05 28 Hollywood Bowl hospitality pass Dietmar .jpg 2008 06 05 working personnel pass.jpg 2008 06 15 Isle artist pass.jpg 2008 06 22 Andy backstage pass.jpg 2008 08 06 crew pass.jpg 2008 08 06 house pass.jpg 2008 08 06 talent pass.jpg 2008 08 07 VIP pass.jpg 2008 08 07 meet and greet pass.jpg 2008-08-07-guest-Sting.jpg 2008-08-07-guest-Andy.jpg 2008-08-07-guest-Stewart.jpg 2008-08-07-tour-staff-front.jpg 2008-08-07-tour-staff-back.jpg 2008-08-07-hospitality-front.jpg 2008-08-07-hospitality-back.jpg

Tour itineraries

2007 Itinerary 1 North America.jpg 2007 Itinerary 2 Europe.jpg 2007 Itinerary 3 America South America.jpg 2007 Itinerary 4 Asia.jpg 2008 Itinerary 5 Spring.jpg 2008 Itinerary 6 North America.jpg

Tour posters

2007 Zenyatta silhouettes.jpg 2007 North American dates.jpg

See also

Controversies and kerfluffles

The ever-changing finale

  • On 2008-02-13, the dates for the tour's final swing through North America were announced on the Billboard and Fox News websites with "a more or less final date" (Fox News) set for Long Island’s Jones Beach on 2008-08-04. Fans quickly began to make plans to attend the finale show and buy tickets as soon as they were made available. However, on 2008-03-04, a second Jones Beach performance date was announced for 2008-08-05, making this now the last scheduled date for the tour.[1] Many fans were very upset about this announcement, as they felt they had been tricked into buying tickets for the August 4 date on the expectation that it was the last show. Many ThePolice.com members had used their presale codes for the show on August 4, others had made travel arrangements already from other countries to be at the finale, and now felt that the band and/or the tour management had spoiled the end of the tour for them through their "greed".[2],[3],[4] In an interview published in the Sun Sentinel on 2008-04-30, Stewart Copeland acknowledged the controversy surrounding the announcement of the second Jones Beach show. According to Copeland, "Inside the bubble we thought this was a great idea...We would never have guessed (the controversy) or intuited that without the Web."[5]
  • On 2008-05-06, The Police held a press conference in Times Square in New York City with Mayor Michael Bloomberg. They announced that they would be performing their "last concert ever", in the city of New York (date/location to be revealed later), and that it would be a benefit concert for local public broadcasting networks as well as the MillionTreesNYC project.[6] Fan reaction to the news was mixed, with many again expressing discontent that they had, for the second time, been lead to believe an earlier date would be the end of the tour. Concerns were expressed about the ability to resell tickets to the earlier "finale" shows now that a new finale was planned, as well as the difficulty of obtaining tickets to this new show or making extended/new travel plans.[7],[8],[9]

Finale ticketing shenanigans

  • On 2008-06-05, a month after the new finale concert was announced, the details were finally revealed on the final concert location, date and ticketing. It would take place on 2008-08-07 at Madison Square Garden. Tickets would be sold through a PBS pledge drive with prices beginning at $150/pair and going up to $5,000 a pair for VIP access.[10] It was later announced that ThePolice.com, Citicard (the corporate sponsor of this leg of the tour), and PBS would all be having presales for their members. Only pairs of tickets could be bought through any of the sales, no singles would be made available. Many fans worked hard through the various presales beginning on 2008-06-09 to get tickets close to and behind the stage (an area known to Stewart Copeland fans as "Stew Heaven" and a particular favorite for drummer aficionados.) There was general disappointment among many members of ThePolice.com who found their presale seats, even at the Legacy membership level, inferior to the PBS presale ones, and no better (and sometimes worse) than the Citicard ones.[11],[12],[13]
  • On 2008-06-20, fans reported checking their ticket orders and seeing that their ticket assignments had been changed without their knowledge to much inferior seats within the same price bracket. Even the date of their ticket purchases had been changed from 2008-06-09 and after to 2008-06-18. All behind-the-stage seats were relocated to the upper 300 level, and some seated on the upper 300 levels were changed to the even higher 400 levels. Fans were completely outraged by this change, which meant that many of the biggest fans of the band who had worked hardest to get good seats were now stuck with some of the worst. Appeals were quickly made to Police HQ at ThePolice.com, Ticketmaster, and Stewart Copeland himself as he is generally perceived as the most fan-responsive member of the band.[14],[15], [16],[17],[18] To date there has been no official acknowledgement of the fan upset over this ticketing change, and the only options offered by Ticketmaster to correct this were refunds or an option to upgrade tickets at an increased price - but those who chose to upgrade would not know their exact seating assignment. There was continued disappointment and confusion after it was discovered in the first week of July that single tickets were now being sold via the Ticketmaster website, again often in better seating areas than had been available earlier and in the presales when single tickets were not allowed.[19]

Environmental concerns

  • In January of 2008, The Police were singled out by environmentalists for the environmental impact of their global tour and named "the dirtiest band in the world". John Buckly, an environmental adviser from www.carbonfootprint.com, stated "At the Live Earth concert in New Jersey where The Police played, the biggest contribution to carbon emissions wasn't from the concert itself, it was the fans...The Police played lots of big stadiums - they need to be careful over where they play, and make sure it's near public transport." Sting in particular was singled out and called a "hypocrite" in the press for being a vocal supporter of green causes while seemingly not backing his words with appropriate action.[20],[21]
  • The criticism would continue into the summer of 2008 over incidents such as Sting taking private jets by himself.[22],[23]

External links

References