MSG Finale Flag Report, a.k.a., Yes, that flag was THE Flag.

Re: MSG Finale Flag Report, a.k.a., Yes, that flag was THE F

Postby Schmaffy on 11 Aug 2008 17:54

[quote="policerule"]Shit. I forgot to give Kate her rock. Had it in my bag and her next to me the whole concert. D'oh! Now we have to fly to England to give it to her.[/quote]

Can you take Kimmy's chocolate with you, since you're going anyway?? :lol:
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Re: MSG Finale Flag Report, a.k.a., Yes, that flag was THE F

Postby nancyrose on 11 Aug 2008 17:55

[quote="policerule"]
Dietmar: :lol:

Please don't put Stewart on Ebay.[/quote]




Gong knows we are all in enough debt already!!
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Re: MSG Finale Flag Report, a.k.a., Yes, that flag was THE F

Postby Madgrad on 11 Aug 2008 18:14

[quote="nancyrose"][quote="policerule"]
Dietmar: :lol:

Please don't put Stewart on Ebay.[/quote]




Gong knows we are all in enough debt already!![/quote]

Maybe we could work out some sort of timeshare situation. . . :wink: :lol:
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Postby nancyrose on 11 Aug 2008 18:42

Oooooh, Mad, I LIKE the way you think!!!
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Postby Madgrad on 11 Aug 2008 18:44

[quote="nancyrose"]Oooooh, Mad, I LIKE the way you think!!![/quote]

Thought you might. . . 8)
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Postby DirtyMartini on 11 Aug 2008 18:55

About a thousand years ago -- back when I was still young -- a bunch of us vowed to drag this idiotic green flag to a bunch of shows: http://copelandia.smugmug.com/photos/22 ... XF5-XL.jpg (Hard to believe it ever looked so fresh and clean, ain't it?)

As part of this ingenious (and perhaps ingenuous) plot, I said (as Lynne recently remembered somewhere) that,

[quote]Eventually – assuming it survives – I’ll find a way to get it to The Stewart as the nastiest, rattiest, lovingest, most battle-scarred keepsake that Fiona has ever banned from entering the Copeland household.[/quote]

Fourteen months later, we'd done just about everything we had set out to do:

* Show support for Stewart? Check.
* Fly the flag at as many Police gigs as possible? Check.
* Collect signatures along the way? Check.
* Turn a green cloth into a nasty, ratty, loving, battle-scarred keepsake worthy of banishment from the Copeland household? Check.

With only a few shows left to go and flag survival seeming (hopefully) imminent, one last challenge loomed large: how to get the daft thing to Stewart.

For fourteen months, just about everyone has had some sort of opinion on the subject. Conroy alone must have come up with a good dozen of the most creative and ludicrous of solutions. But in the end, the decision needed to come from Stewart: the gift is his, as is the need for privacy and security.

So as one of my last acts as Flagmistress, I had the dubious honor of bugging the crap out of Team Copeland over a ratty green flag . . .
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Postby Hannaha on 11 Aug 2008 18:57

[quote="DirtyMartini"]About a thousand years ago -- back when I was still young -- a bunch of us vowed to drag this idiotic green flag to a bunch of shows: http://copelandia.smugmug.com/photos/22 ... XF5-XL.jpg (Hard to believe it ever looked so fresh and clean, ain't it?)
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Postby BongoBoy on 11 Aug 2008 18:57

heh,heh...it's like getting the inside story on Area 51.

This is so cool.

Thanks DM.

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Postby AnyOther on 11 Aug 2008 18:58

Suspense, suspense is killing me! Pleaaaaase continue....peeeeleaaaase?
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Postby bella on 11 Aug 2008 18:59

You are so right, Bongo! :D
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Postby policerule on 11 Aug 2008 19:25

teehee. loving this.
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Postby kimmy on 11 Aug 2008 19:42

I'm sorry to but in.... but I KNOW EVERYONE will be here....

Out of the 150 shows The Police did... how many did the flag get to please?


Oh and DM..... PLEASE DON'T leave out any details, even if it takes time..... us kiddies LOVE stories!!


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Postby Skip on 11 Aug 2008 19:47

Oh this is so great !
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Postby TheEqualizer on 11 Aug 2008 19:49

[quote="kimmy"]I'm sorry to but in.... but I KNOW EVERYONE will be here....

Out of the 150 shows The Police did... how many did the flag get to please?

:D[/quote]

I think the final calculation was 59.4% of the shows.
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Postby DirtyMartini on 11 Aug 2008 20:30

Now, had I put a bit of brain cells into it, I'd have gone (please don't smite me, Stewart) straight to the top and asked to be put into contact with Melisa (whom I owe greatly) from Stewart's office. I met her only briefly the other day, but I'm pretty sure that she and I together could have banged this out a month ago and had time and sarcasm left over to establish a small sovereign nation.

But instead (please don't smite me, Stewart) I sent a message out asking Stewart to please consider how he might want the Green Glory delivered. While I had no preference, I simply needed to know what might be required of me schedule-wise, particularly since the last week of the tour would be nothing short of a logistical nightmare. I knew that whatever -- if anything -- might transpire, it would take some time to think about and arrange, so when I came home from the UK at the end of June/early July, I bugged a couple of fine gentlemen (whom I owe greatly) and waited. I figured that, at bare minimum, Giovanni or Pecos (whom I had not yet met but had kindly offered her assistance) could find a way to get the Flag to Stewart or I could mail it to his manager's office.

What I hadn't quite bet on is that Team Copeland is about as insane as the rest of you nutters. As it is, it was pretty weird to think that such folks had *any* opinion on the Flag or its end; but for those opinions to also involve some sort of public display just totally threw me. One idea was to hang the Flag from the MSG marquee or from the rafters in the arena with the retired jerseys. (To which I believe I responded, "Now you're just fucking with me.") By mid-Julyish, Stewart hadn't made any decisions but had thrown the phrases "MSG" and "official photo-op" together in close proximity. (Killing me.) Over drinks with the gang in Denver later in the month, Jeff Seitz (whom I owe greatly) was publicly, enthusiastically supportive of the flag-on-gong approach -- an idea which closely resembled the varying thoughts of many of the forum-folks who hoped to see the Flag pop up on stage somewhere.

But I gotta admit -- as fun as it seemed, I was not totally feeling this idea. While I completely understand why folks would feel some kind of pride and validation from the Flag popping up on the stage, I just couldn't help but feel like maybe it wasn't appropriate. Like we've said many times, it's not The Police's flag; it's Stewart's. Were the Aug. 7 performance an actual Stewart Copeland Show, then I would not have hesitated -- but because it was a *Police* performance, I just couldn't quite feel comfortable. And even though it may be *our* flag, it would be *my* ass on the line if we were to do anything to piss off any band members on stage or fans in the audience during this hugely important performance.

So once August rolled around and nothing had been established, I decided to stop worrying about it. Nothing was going to happen, and that was understandable: the drummer had a few billion other things to do and think about, all of which take priority over a flag. Honestly, not having to deal with it on top of all the rest of the end-of-tour insanity would be a blessing; waiting until after the tour seemed like a nice and relaxed way to deal with things.

But three days (killing me) before MSG, I was informed that Jeff wasn't the only flag-on-gong supporter.

Stewart was.

Stewart was "keen" to hoist the Flag on the gong during "Next To You."

Seriously.

Flag on Gong during the last song of the last gig of the last tour of The Police.

Looking back now, I cannot believe I was ever in doubt and that I did not see it coming. But at that particular moment -- reading my email in a hotel room on Long Island -- I was choked up, tickled, surprised, a bit nervous/nauseated, and overwhelmed.

And now there was work to do. . . .
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