Public TV members to pack Police concert

Thu Aug 7, 2008 2:36am EDT
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By Randee Dawn

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - Madison Square Garden will be packed Thursday with public television members who'll have gotten far more for their pledges than mere tote bags.

Thanks to an unusual collaboration coordinated through two New York public broadcasters, they've landed exclusive seats to what is being billed as the last concert ever by the Police.

The final stop on the rock trio's worldwide reunion tour will not be broadcast live on either Thirteen/WNET and WLIW21, though the final encore will be a Best Buy-presented webcast.

As of mid-June, pledges of $150-$750 could score members a pair of tickets to the concert; this week, a new block of single tickets opened for $50. VIP packages were available for purchase at higher pledge amounts, while an auction of VIP packages on eBay raised $40,000. A signed instrument auction went live Monday on eBay. Insiders estimate that final earnings will be in the millions.

Still, fans might wonder: Is this really the last show, or will the Police just re-reform in five years and do it all again?

"I would bet the ranch that this is absolutely the last show ever," said Bill Zysblat, who produced the Police's reunion tour with Live Nation. "(Frontman) Sting has been quoted as saying it's important that things have an ending, that it was never meant to be forever, and this is a happy ending -- for everyone."

Reuters/Hollywood Reporter

<p>Sting, lead singer and bassist of the band, "The Police" performs during the "Rock in Rio" music festival in Arganda del Rey, near Madrid, July 5, 2008. REUTERS/Juan Medina</p>