Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Are the Police too old?

I may have questioned why Van Halen sold out in Charlotte, but I do know why the Police should. They were one of the best rock bands in their heyday and their music had all kinds of crossover appeal.

Still, I'm torn about the upcoming show.

As I reported on Charlotte.com yesterday, the reunited Police perform at Bobcats Arena on Nov. 15. (Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Saturday.) Charlotte is one of four cities recently added to the popular tour, which has already sold 2.2 million tickets.

Here's why I'm torn: Even though they've done some solo work and toured since they went their separate ways more than 20 years ago, the guys seem just a wee bit old to be hitting the road now. I'm not convinced they're going to put on an electrifying, energetic show --especially since they're on such a grueling schedule. But I loved the Police growing up, and since I never got to see them live, I'm planning to attend the concert. And early reviews have been favorable.

The band is celebrating the 30th anniversary of its first double-disc CD collection, "The Police." It includes the group's first single, "Fall Out," released in 1977.

Am I the only one wondering if they're too old to tour? And what song do you most want to hear at the concert: "Roxanne"? "Every Breath You Take"? Or maybe it's "Message in a Bottle"?

Post your replies below.

18 comments:

Anonymous said...

If the Rolling Stones can still tour, the Police surely can. I'm like you, Tonya -- I never got to see them live when I was younger. I'm stoked to hear "Roxanne," of course -- and "Synchronicity II."

jack kevorkian said...

geez tonya, why dont we just go ahead and euthanize the old boys and be done with it.

adolfo hitler said...

comment moderation huh? oh, you mean comment censorship.

Anonymous said...

As someone who saw the Police in concert for the first time way back in '84, I can tell you that I am definitely looking forward to seeing them again. My IPod has just about every Police song on it and I listen to them over and over again. As for the question "Are they too old"?, you've got to be kidding me. My friend saw them in Hershey Park earlier this year and he said the show was great! Sting could probably run circles around all of us.

Anonymous said...

Tonya, please do not hesitate to go seem them. I saw them this summer in New Orleans (I wasn't sure at the time if they would make it here) and it was well worth it. They put on a rocking energetic show with a great selection of songs- and the crowd was so into it. It's hard to pick a favorite, but I really enjoyed Wrapped Around Your Finger and Synchronicity II. And I have seen Sting solo many times and have heard the biggest hits at those shows, but it is a totally different experience seeing The Police.

Anonymous said...

Absolutely amazing. All the WHITE acts are "old" according to her, yet you never, ever see or hear her talk down about any BLACK acts do you.

Again, the Observer CONDONES her racists acts. I bet you anything is a WHITE reporter continually talked down about BLACK acts the way she does, they would be FIRED!

Anonymous said...

I saw The Police twice in the early 80s, and have seen Sting three times since he went solo. Sting's shows were great (especially the one in '88 when Branford Marsalis and Kenny Kirkland were in his band), but I agree with Anonymous 6:35 that a Police show is totally different. There's never been a tighter three-piece band than Sting, Stewart Copeland and Andy Summers. I plan to be there on November 15, and hope that the magic is still there. I haven't heard anything about the setlists, but I hope they do the "Can't Stand Losing You/Reggatta de Blanc" medley they used to do back in their prime.

By the way, the last two concerts I've been to were the Stones and Steely Dan, and the old guys can still bring it!

Anonymous said...

I have to agree with some of the comments under your Ozzfest article, but anon 10:24 just sounds ridiculous.Thank you for expanding your column to more pop culture events instead of nightclubs and hip hop acts. There is always alot going on in Charlotte that don't involve bars.

Anonymous said...

Of course they're not too old. I'm going to see them and heard from someone who attended their concert earlier this year that they rocked! I've also never seen The Police but am very much looking forward to seeing them this November! Now....if I can only get some tickets......

Anonymous said...

tonya. maybe you're too old to be a club kid.

Anonymous said...

Sometimes I simply cannot believe that people are paid to be snarky! Too old? Give me a break. You need a real job.

Anonymous said...

you woulndnt know good music if it hit you in the a##

Anonymous said...

Honey, if you are "torn", DO NOT GO. Easy as that. Save you money for the next Hanson show. Now that's rock-n-roll, Charlotte style.

Wedge said...

The Police was the first concert I ever went to. A wide eyed 15 year old boy from Western Mass, dropped off with a friend at the arena - deep in the cheap seats.

The Go-Go's opened up for them and they were AWFUL - I thought that maybe live rock and roll was not all that it was made out to be. But then the Police took the stage and completely straightened me out on that. Stewart Copeland in particular blew me away, but theres nothing better than a tight three piece rock band with a few hooks and a little discord. I am sure that they will do just fine at the show - they may not have the spirit of youth, but they all do have chops and experience.

Van Halen....I'm going but mostly for the historical significance of the Charlotte show. The Police is where I plan to rock. Guys, thanks for hitting up Charlotte!

E. Gerard Gorham said...

Some of the anonymous posters really amaze me. Tonya says she's a Police fan. She LIKES The Police. Questioning whether they're too old to put on a energetic and engaging show does not smack of racism. It's a valid question. The same question would be asked if the Sugar Hill Gang or Grandmaster Flash came to Charlotte.

To all the people to hide behind your "anonymous" tag to make inane and ignorant comments: You need to get your head out of your ass, get a backbone and some decency and realize that this is a BLOG, someone's opinion, and should be taken as such. Attacking a person incessantly, needlessly, and harassingly doesn't say much about the sender of such notes. I wonder if you'd have the gall to say such things if you didn't have "anonymous" to hide behind. It's getting pretty old.

Anonymous said...

We're lucky to even have big name bands like The Police, or the Rolling Stones come to Charlotte, given the reputation of the city as a 'blah' concert town.

If they can still rock, then who cares how old they are.

I hope they rock like they did on their Police Live! album.

Anonymous said...

Its better to burn out then fade away....Def Leppard.

Seen the Police in 81 Cal Expo in Sacramento....great band already and Santana opened up and he sucked. Thanks for the memories!

Anonymous said...

Plus I'd love to hear Spirits in the Material World again.....