February 14, 2008 / 4:17 AM / 10 years ago

The Police to return to North America

NASHVILLE (Billboard) - The Police will take a victory lap through North America on their massively successful reunion tour before calling it quits for good, sources said.

Singer/bass player Sting, guitarist Andy Summers and drummer Stewart Copeland will play 30-odd dates in May and July, with 15 previously announced European concerts sandwiched between in June.

Elvis Costello & the Imposters will open the entire run of North American dates, which begins May 1 in Ottawa.

This final leg will play primarily amphitheaters with a few arenas. No festivals or stadiums will be part of the route.

Close to half the dates will be in markets not played last year, when the tour began in Vancouver last May. The current leg finishes in Hawaii over the weekend.

A source close to the tour told Billboard that these dates will be the last time the band performs together as the Police — ever. It has been a lucrative reunion, as the tour will likely end up in the $340 million gross range. That would make it one of the top five highest-grossing tours of all time.


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