Sting (so nicknamed because of his habit of wearing a black-and-yellow striped sweater resembling a wasp),[11] who at the time was playing in a jazz-rock fusion band called Last Exit. [30] The single became a minor chart hit, the Police's first, peaking at No. The Synchronicity Tour began in Chicago, Illinois in July 1983 at the original Comiskey Park, and on 18 August the band played in front of 70,000 in Shea Stadium, New York. In 2007 Fender released a Tribute model of his iconic Telecaster and in 2018 will release a unique Andy Summers Stratocaster. He states the band's "nervous, reggae-injected pop/rock was punky" and had a "punk spirit" but it "wasn't necessarily punk". [33] The album's singles failed to enter the US top 40, but Reggatta de Blanc still reached No. 41. [4], The Police have sold over 75 million records, making them one of the best-selling bands of all time. Playing with the raw energy of a punk band, the improvisational instincts of a jazz trio, and the infectious spirit of reggae, singer-bassist Sting, guitarist Andy Summers and drummer Stewart Copeland were indisputably the most adventurous ambassadors of the genre then known as New Wave. The discography of British singer Sting. Mick Jagger reviewed the single in Sounds Magazine! Combining controlled energy and evocative melodies, Sting, Stewart Copeland and Andy Summers played with the improvisational instincts of a jazz trio and the raw energy of a punk-rock band - a blend that made them one of the definitive rock groups of the'70s and '80s. "R2D2 Lives in Preston: The Best of BBC 6 Music's Toast the Nation!". [70], A&M, the band's record company, promoted the 2007–08 reunion tour as the 30th anniversary of the band's formation and of the release of their first single for A&M, "Roxanne". Their final studio album, Synchronicity (1983), was No. [21] The musical background of all three players may have made them suspect to punk purists, with music critic Christopher Gable stating,.mw-parser-output .templatequote{overflow:hidden;margin:1em 0;padding:0 40px}.mw-parser-output .templatequote .templatequotecite{line-height:1.5em;text-align:left;padding-left:1.6em;margin-top:0}, "The truth is that the band merely utilized the trappings of 1970s British punk: the bleached blond short hair, Sting in his jumpsuits or army jackets, Copeland and his near maniacal drumming style. [67] The Police Reunion Tour began in late May 2007 with two shows in Vancouver. With The Police, Sting sold over 350 million records and singles. What the Police did perhaps take from punk was a brand of nervous, energetic disillusion with 1970s Britain."[22]. Cited as a 'mighty' performance by Billboard, the trio recorded a sparkling album on Elektra Records in 2000 and toured in 2000 and 2001. [96], With a string of UK number one albums the Police were among the most commercially successful British bands of the early 1980s, and with success overseas they are typically regarded as in both the vanguard of the Second British Invasion, and the new wave movement. In January 2006 "Everyone Stares: The Police Inside Out" debuted at the Sundance Film Festival. [1] In 2004, Rolling Stone ranked the Police number 70 on their list of the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time,[89] and in 2010, the band were ranked 40th on VH1's 100 Greatest Artists of All Time. [60] In the autumn of 2003, Sting released his autobiography, Broken Music. The group opened and closed the 1981 concert film, Urgh! From their early beginnings, The Police were hailed as a maverick live band - a group that galvanized an already impressive studio sound into something otherworldly when performing. Summers has recorded solo albums, collaborated with other musicians, composed film scores, and exhibited his photography in galleries. [52] After the Synchronicity tour ended in March 1984, the band went on hiatus while Sting recorded and toured in support of his successful solo debut LP, the jazz-influenced The Dream of the Blue Turtles, released in June 1985; Copeland recorded and filmed The Rhythmatist (1985); and Summers recorded another album with Robert Fripp (Bewitched, 1984) and the theme song for the film 2010—which was not used in the film, but included on the soundtrack album. The English rock band The Police has released five studio albums, two live albums, seven compilation albums, twelve video albums, four soundtrack albums, and 26 singles. Download this stock image: Singer Sting (L) of the rock band 'The Police' performs alongside drummer Stewart Copeland during the first concert of the group currently touring Germany in Hamburg, Germany, 11 September 2007. Originally a non-charting flop when first issued in late 1978, upon re-release the track became a UK top 10 hit, peaking at No. [77], In February 2008, the band announced that, when the tour finished, they would break up again. As Sting's fame rose, his relationship with Stewart Copeland deteriorated. [63] On 22 January 2007, the punk wave magazine Side-Line broke the story the Police would reunite for the Grammys, and would perform "Roxanne". In 2004, Henry Padovani released an album with the participation of Copeland and Sting on one track, reuniting the original Police line-up for the first time since 1977. In Uganda, the 38-year-old musician turned politician Bobi Wine – his real name is Robert Kyagulanyi – is seeking the presidency. 31. Join to Connect The Resilience Advisors Network. In 2015, he was nominated for a Tony Award for Best Original Score for The Last Ship, the acclaimed Broadway musical for which he composed the music and lyrics. [1] For most of their history the line-up consisted of primary songwriter Sting (lead vocals, bass guitar), Andy Summers (guitar) and Stewart Copeland (drums, percussion). "[48] They played throughout the UK in December 1983, including four sold out nights at London's Wembley Arena, and the tour ended in Melbourne, Australia on 4 March 1984 at the Melbourne Showgrounds (the final concert featured Sunnyboys, Kids In The Kitchen, Bryan Adams and Australian Crawl, with the Police topping the bill). He has composed the scores for several films, including "Down and Out in Beverly Hills" and "Weekend at Bernie's." It also failed to make the BBC's playlist, which the band attributed to the song's depiction of prostitution. I'm certain we could have done that. John Wiley and Sons. Having sold in excess of 50 million albums worldwide, The Police had phenomenal chart success and earned a multitude of accolades both public and critical, but they never allowed such peripherals to overshadow their commitment to the music itself. The Police were an English rock band formed in London in 1977. London and New York: Proteus Books. [55] As the lead singer of U2 – who themselves would soon be regarded as the biggest band in the world – Bono stated, "It was a very big moment, like passing a torch. 43. Synchronicity became a No. "Every Breath You Take" also won the Grammy for Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal, while "Synchronicity II" won the Grammy for Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal. [9][10], In late November 1976, while on tour with the British progressive rock band Curved Air in Newcastle upon Tyne, in the northeast of England, the band's American drummer, Stewart Copeland, met and exchanged phone numbers with ambitious singer-bassist (and former schoolteacher), Gordon Sumner a.k.a. Sutcliffe, Phil & Fielder, Hugh (1981). 5 Australia) and "Walking on the Moon" (No. [80], The world's highest-earning musicians in 2008, the tour sold 3.7 million tickets and grossed $358 million, making it the third-highest-grossing tour of all time at its conclusion. Also in May 1977, former Gong musician Mike Howlett invited Sting to join him in the band project Strontium 90. [51], During the group's 1983 Shea Stadium concert, Sting felt performing at the venue was "Everest" and decided to pursue a solo career, according to the documentary The Last Play at Shea. On 22 August 1992, Sting married Trudie Styler in an 11th-century chapel in Wiltshire, southwest England. [12], Summers's musicality impressed Sting, who was becoming frustrated with Padovani's rudimentary abilities and the limitations they imposed on the Police's potential. He was the principal songwriter, lead singer, and bassist for new wave rock band the Police from 1977 to 1984, and launched a solo career in 1985. Sting's look, dominated by his orange-coloured hair (a result of his role in Dune) and tattered clothing, both of which were emphasised in the music videos from the album, carried over into the set for the concert. Famous Faces. 12 on the UK Singles Chart. [82][83], The Police started as a punk rock band, but soon expanded their music vocabulary to incorporate reggae, pop and new wave sonorities to their sound. [24] The commercial was shot with the band, but was shelved and never aired. [31], In March 1980, the Police began their first world tour, which included places that had seldom hosted foreign performers—including Mexico, India, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Greece and Egypt. Summers said, "Despite the general press thing about 'God, they hate each other', it's actually not true, we're very supportive of one another. He also starred in The Threepenny Opera on Broadway in 1989. 1 album in both the UK (where it debuted at No. His latest recordings are Metal Dog (2015) and Triboluminescence (2017). [91] In 2008, Q magazine named Synchronicity among the top 10 British Albums of the 1980s. [27] "Roxanne" was issued as a single in the spring of 1978, while other album tracks were still being recorded, but it failed to chart. 2018 will see the release of the Andy Summers Leica signature camera, along with a matching Fender signature Stratocaster and the book ‘The Bones of Chuang Tzu’ published by the Steidl press. harvnb error: no target: CITEREFMenn1992 (, harvnb error: no target: CITEREFCampion2009 (, Chris Campion (2010). Mick Jagger reviewed the single in Sounds magazine.[18]. In 2018 he will begin a series of multi-media performances featuring projected photography, solo guitar, and spoken word. He also had a minor solo hit in the United Kingdom with the movie's theme song, a cover of the 1929 hit "Spread a Little Happiness" (which appeared on the Brimstone & Treacle soundtrack, along with three new Police tracks, "How Stupid Mr Bates", "A Kind of Loving", and "I Burn for You"). He was the principal songwriter, lead singer, and bassist for the new wave rock band the Police … In October 2006, Andy Summers released One Train Later, an autobiographical memoir detailing his early career and time with the band. This feature-length film documents the formation, subsequent worldwide success and the then demise of The Police. p. 85. Celebrated by Guitar Player magazine, Summers was voted the number one guitar player five times in the 80's and was subsequently inducted into their permanent Hall of Fame. Copeland later admitted, "We got a lot of mileage out of it being supposedly banned by the BBC. The night before we went into the studio Stewart broke his collarbone falling off a horse and that meant we lost our last chance of recovering some rapport just by jamming together. Gordon Sumner, better known as Sting, was born in … [36], The Police's fourth album, Ghost in the Machine, co-produced by Hugh Padgham, was recorded at Air Studios on the Caribbean island of Montserrat, with the exception of "Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic" which was recorded at Le Studio at Morin Heights, Quebec, Canada, and released in 1981. [12][45] Recording the album, however, was a tense affair with increasing disputes among the band. Directed, produced, narrated and filmed in Super 8mm by Stewart from his unique perspective behind the drums, it has been warmly received. Copeland became a prolific producer of movie and television soundtracks, and he recorded and toured with two new bands, Animal Logic and Oysterhead. Sting continued recording and touring as a solo performer to great success. [72], Tickets for the British leg of the tour sold out within 30 minutes, and the band played two nights at Twickenham Stadium on 8 and 9 September. [44], In 1983, the Police released their last studio album, Synchronicity, which spawned the hit singles "Every Breath You Take", "Wrapped Around Your Finger", "King of Pain", and "Synchronicity II". They were the first band to fully integrate the no-nonsense approach of punk rock and the spirit-moving positive energy of reggae. Emerging in the British new wave scene, they played a style of rock influenced by punk, reggae, and jazz. 1 UK). [12], Curved Air had recently split up and Copeland, inspired by the contemporary punk rock movement, was eager to form a new band to join the burgeoning London punk scene. Homicide squad detectives have received new information about the death of a TV singer, prompting the release an image of a man they wish to speak to. The band's fourth member was guitarist Andy Summers from Lancashire in the northwest of England. 2 Canada, No. The following year saw the release of their sophomore record, Reggatta de Blanc, which also topped the charts and brought us such hits as ‘Message in a Bottle’ and ‘Walking on the Moon’ as well as honoring the band with their first Grammy for the record's title track. Sleek was shot dead on Saturday, September 19, 2020, allegedly by a mobile police officer attached to De Topic supermarket, while he was being chased by SARS operatives. Restrained by loyalty, Copeland and Sting resisted the idea, and the Police carried on as a four-piece version. "Every Breath You Take" won the Grammy for Song of the Year,[36] beating Jackson's "Billie Jean". [37], In May 1980, A&M in the UK released Six Pack, a package containing the five previous A&M singles (not including "Fall Out") in their original sleeves plus a mono alternate take of the album track "The Bed's Too Big Without You" backed with a live version of "Truth Hits Everybody". [33] The tour was subsequently documented in the film The Police Around the World (1982), directed by Kate and Derek Burbidge, which contains footage shot by Annie Nightingale originally intended for a BBC production The Police in the East. Between Summers' trenchant and groundbreaking guitar work, Copeland's deceptively complex polyrhythms and Sting's loping bass and soaring vocals, The Police were indisputably the most adventurous ambassadors of the genre then known as new wave. By this time, Sting was becoming a major star, and he established a career beyond the Police by branching out into acting. [17] This is the only Police recording featuring Henry Padovani. The bleached-blond hair that became a band trademark happened by accident. [19] The band also recorded several demo tracks: these were released (along with live recordings and an early version of "Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic") 20 years later on the archive album Strontium 90: Police Academy. [93] In Rolling Stone's 2004 list of the 500 greatest songs of all time, "Every Breath You Take" ranked number 84 (the highest new wave song on the list), and "Roxanne" ranked number 388. He has several more lined up in the near future including a retrospective at the Pavillion Populaire in Montpelier in February 2019. [90] Four of the band's five studio albums appeared on Rolling Stone's 2003 list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time: Ghost in the Machine (number 322), Reggatta de Blanc (number 369), Outlandos d'Amour (number 434), and Synchronicity (number 455). It went in another way. [31] The album spawned the hit singles "Message in a Bottle" (No. At the 1982 Brit Awards in London, the Police received the award for Best British Group. 12 on the UK Singles Chart. While less keen, Sting acknowledged the commercial opportunities, so they formed The Police as a trio, with Corsican guitarist Henry Padovani recruited as the third member. We could have easily carried on, and we could probably still be there. Aware that all band members were present, the wedding guests pressured the trio into playing, and they performed "Roxanne" and "Message in a Bottle". Sting’s support for human rights organizations such as the Rainforest Fund, Amnesty International, and Live Aid mirrors his art in its universal outreach. In 1982, Sting furthered his acting career by co-starring in the Richard Loncraine film Brimstone and Treacle. Their next two albums, Zenyatta Mondatta (1980) and Ghost in the Machine (1981), led to further critical and commercial success with two songs, "Don't Stand So Close to Me" and "Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic", becoming UK number-one singles. [56] As a result of the tense and short-lived reunion in the studio, "Don't Stand So Close to Me '86" was released in October 1986 as their final single and made it into the UK Top 25. Along with wife Trudie Styler, Sting founded the Rainforest Fund in 1989 to protect both the world’s rainforests and the indigenous people living there. The crossword clue Lead singer with The Police with 5 letters was last seen on the January 01, 2010. Its lead single, "Every Breath You Take", became their fifth UK number one, and first in the US. Also in 2004, Rolling Stone ranked the Police No. Message In A Box – The Complete Recordings. [35] The instrumental title track "Reggatta de Blanc" won the Grammy Award for Best Rock Instrumental Performance. However, they only performed live twice: on 25 July 1977 at the Music Machine in London and on 5 August at the Mont de Marsan Punk Festival. On 12 January 1977, Sting relocated … Copeland continues to stretch himself compositionally, writing work that includes Operas, Ballets, and Orchestral Concert works, among them: 'Holy Blood and the Crescent Moon' for Cleveland Opera, 'A Casque of Amontillado,' and 'King Lear' for the San Francisco Ballet. Sting discography; Sting at the premiere of Moon, 2009. 32 in the US, spurring a UK re-release of it in April. . The band performed "Roxanne" on BBC1's Top of the Pops, and the re-issue of the song finally gained the band widespread recognition in the UK when it peaked at No. [20] A trio was unusual for the time, and this line-up endured for the rest of the band's history. [55] They ended their set with "Invisible Sun", bringing out Bono to sing the final verse. 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