The Police announced their first tour in decades Monday at a rehearsal at the Whisky a Go-Go as a throng of fans crowded near the legendary Sunset Strip nightclub.
The group, which led off Sunday night’s Grammy Awards with a live performance, broke up in 1984. Members Sting, Andy Summers and Stewart Copeland have since pursued individual careers.
The packed club got a taste of Police hits, “Roxanne” and “Message in a Bottle,” and listened to the members talk about the decision to reunite and joke about the conflicts that led to their split.
“I woke up one morning about three months ago — and this light bulb went off in my head. ... I’m going to call Andy and Stewart,” Sting said. “What’s happening is sort of very healing.”
His bandmates kidded about Sting’s demanding personality.
“We refer to Sting as our dear leader,” Copeland said.
“On a good day,” Summers added.
They insisted the disputes that broke them up were artistic, not personal.
The Police plan a world tour of arenas, stadiums and some festivals beginning in North America on May 28 in Vancouver, moving to Europe in September and October, then re-crossing the Atlantic.
Some confirmed cities include New York, Boston, Seattle, Denver, Las Vegas, Phoenix, Dallas, New Orleans, St. Louis, Toronto and Montreal. The group will headline the Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival in Tennessee.
“It’s going to be three guys on stage, that’s all,” Sting said. “The show is going to look simple but spectacular.”
The group plans to stick to Police material and not include Sting’s solo hits.
They sidestepped questions about whether the reunion might extend to recording new music.
Tickets for the North American leg will range from $50 to $225. A portion of proceeds will go to WaterAid, an anti-poverty organization that seeks to provide poor people access to safe water.