The Police map NYC end to reunion tour
The Police will go out with a bang, not a whimper, ending their grueling 30th Anniversary reunion tour with a concert in New York City to benefit public broadcasting.
All tickets for the band's Aug. 7 appearance at Madison Square Garden will be doled out as thank-you gifts for donation pledges made to New York public television stations Thirteen/WNET and WLIW21, making the show the largest single fundraising event in the history of public television, according to a press release.
The tickets will be given away beginning June 14 to people who pledge at various levels ($750, $500, $350, $150) to either of the two stations. Members of the Police fan club will have first crack at the tickets beginning June 9; see the band's website for more information on the advance sale.
The group is set to kick off the final US leg of its 14-month trek July 11 in Ridgefield, WA, the first of 15 cities remaining on the outing. Elvis Costello & The Imposters will provide opening support on the remaining dates of the tour except for the New York City show, which will feature the B-52s. Dates are below.
Last month, The Police pledged $1 million to New York City's MillionTreesNYC campaign, which aims to plant 10,000 trees to create new urban forests.
"We kicked off our very first American tour at CBGB's in 1978 and this summer, 30 years later, our journey will come full circle as we play our final show here in New York City," The Police said in a joint statement issued in early May. "We are honored to partner with public television and have a deep respect for their commitment to arts and culture."
The band's reunion trek moved more than 2.5 million tickets in 2007, making it the year's top-grossing tour, according to a press release. Rumored plans of a new studio album were quashed when frontman Sting told a reporter for the All Headline News service in February "there will be no new album, no big new tour, once we're done with our reunion tour, that's it for The Police."
The Police released their last studio album, "Synchronicity," nearly 25 years ago. Sting, Stewart Copeland and Andy Summers celebrated their 30th anniversary last year with a best-of collection on A&M Records, and they reportedly have plans to release a live DVD comprising recent concert footage shot in South America.