Police to bid UK farewell with London gig

Fri Feb 22, 2008 12:47pm EST
 
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LONDON (Reuters) - Pop star Sting said on Friday that he and his two cohorts from The Police will bid a musical goodbye to Britain with a farewell concert in London's Hyde Park on June 29.

"England is where we began our career, in London. It has a special place in my heart. I'm English ... We've done over 100 dates. But we're still together, still friends," the group's frontman said.

The band, consisting of Sting, guitarist Andy Summers and drummer Stewart Copeland, burst on the scene in the late 1970s and early '80s with a string of hits, including "Roxanne," "Message in a Bottle" and "Every Little Thing She Does is Magic."

Asked if this really were the end for the pop-rock trio, which reunited for a world tour, Sting said, "Yeah, I think it's right. We've been saved from the nostalgia in a bad sense because I think the band sounds fairly contemporary.

"We don't sound like an old tribute band. Considering the songs were written 25 to 30 years ago, they still, to me and most of the audience, sound like today," he said.

So the Police will be putting making their final British appearance at the "Hard Rock Calling" concert in Hyde Park, before wrapping up their reunion with a New York gig.

Reuters/Nielsen

 
<p>Bassist and lead singer Sting (L), drummer Stewart Copeland (C) and guitarist Andy Summers perform during The Police Live in Concert in Tokyo, February 13, 2007. REUTERS/Issei Kato</p>