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Postby smax on 09 Jul 2008 17:54,2933,378345,00.html

Sting, Police Head to Big Finale

Brace yourselves. Unlike a lot of groups — ahem, The Who — who announce their big finale but don’t mean it, The Police are about to say goodbye. And I do mean forever.

The last four shows take place in the New York area: Aug. 3 in New Jersey at the PNC Bank Arts Center, and Aug. 4 and Aug. 5 at Jones Beach on Long Island. Those three shows feature Elvis Costello and the Imposters as the opening act.

But the big ending comes on Aug. 7 at Madison Square Garden as a benefit for PBS and public television in New York. The B-52s will open the show at 8 p.m. But then, at 9 p.m., The Police — Sting, Andy Summers and Stewart Copeland — will play their last-ever show together anywhere. Expect a very full set, I’m told, with all the songs from all the different legs of this tour that began in May 2007.

One thing’s for sure: This is it, too. Another Police reunion after 25 more years would be a little unseemly, no? Sting already is 56, Copeland turns 56 next week and Summers is 65. I doubt they will be interested in this come 2033.

The tour has been one of the most successful in history, yielding something in the neighborhood of $200 million-plus. But even more money won’t be an incentive in the future. What’s done is done, I’m told. With the Garden show, the Police retire into the rock record books.

Tickets at the Garden are officially gone, although I’ve heard there may be one small block of seats that will be released to the public soon. Something tells me scalper prices for this last, historic show are going to be over the top, especially as the days wind down to those last performances.
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