Sunday, February 11

The Police 6-15-1986 @ Giants Stadium

Unless you've been stranded on a desert island for the past month, you've probably heard that N.W.A.'s least favorite band is back together. The appearance by The Police at Sunday's Grammy Awards has been hyped beyond belief, and it's likely that Monday afternoon they'll announce an upcoming tour. I'll note that they played a pretty solid version of "Roxanne" on the broadcast.

Interestingly enough, this isn't the first reunion for Gordon, Andy, and Stewart. They got together back in June '86 for Amnesty International's Conspiracy of Hope Tour after a couple years off (during which they did issue a singles collection), and reunited for a private appearance at Sting's wedding in 1992. More recently they played a short set at their 2003 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction. Since I'm anticipating Monday's announcement (along with everyone else, it seems) here's a recording of one of those 1986 "reunion" sets. This also happened to be the last public show until the Rock Hall of Fame set 17 years later. Enjoy!

The Police
October 15, 1986
Giants Stadium
East Rutherford, New Jersey

01. Message In A Bottle
02. King Of Pain
03. Driven To Tears
04. Every Breath You Take
05. Roxanne
06. Invisible Sun

For those of you who can check this out at the time (I won't be able to), The Police have set up a website to listen in on the press conference and some rehearsal recordings. I believe the press conference is at 2pm EST Monday (2/12) and they're promising an mp3 of some sort to download by 7:30pm. Interesting, if nothing else. If there's news, do tell!


Blogger andisheh said...

N.W.A's least favorite band -- nice.

9:30 AM

Blogger The Falconer said...

Where's you extensive write up on all the great bands honored at the Grammys?

Oh wait...nevermind.

11:33 AM

Blogger Rich said...

Dylan and Springsteen won, so that's cool.

So did Lewis Black, Flaming Lips, and Bela Fleck. And OK Go won for one of those homemade videos of theirs. That's kinda nifty.

List of winners here.

11:48 AM

Blogger andisheh said...

Only Roxanne and Message in a bottle appear to be working. Is it me or is it you?

3:28 PM

Blogger Rich said...

Filexoom appears to be doing something funny. Got a meeting, so I'll have to give it another look later.

3:58 PM

Blogger Rich said...

A --

I think these should work now. Appears the file size was the problem. I encoded them at a lower bitrate so they're smaller.

- R

7:19 PM

Anonymous Ralph G. said...

Hey, does anyone remember how unbearable and stiff the police got around the end of their stretch? Like, around "Synchronicity" and "Ghost in the Machine"? And "Zenyata Blablabla"? And "Regatta de Blabla" and "Outlandos de Blablabla"?

Yeah, they pretty much sucked.

8:53 PM

Blogger Rich said...

Nope, Ralph, don't remember that.

I'll also note that I was probably somewhere in my transition phase from He-Man to GI Joe when they broke up.

9:04 PM


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