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The Police Reunion Tour News UPDATED WITH TOUR DATES!!

The Police will kick off their first tour in 23 years in Vancouver on May 28, it was confirmed today (February 12).

The three-piece revealed their plans at a press conference at the Los Angeles venue Whisky A Go Go, just a day after performing their classic hit ‘Roxanne’ at the Grammy Awards.

The group’s first jaunt since the 1984 ‘Synchronicity’ tour will start at the GM Arena in Vancouver, the Canadian city where the band are currently rehearsing.

After a string of dates in Canada, the band will head down to the USA for shows throughout June and July, including a slot at the Bonnaroo Festival in Tennessee on June 16.

The dates announced so far are:

Vancouver GM Place (May 28)
Seattle Key Arena (June 6)
Denver Pepsi Center (9)
Las Vegas MGM Garden Arena (15)
Bonnaroo Festival (16)
Phoenix US Airwaves Arena (18)
Dallas American Airlines Center (26)
New Orleans Arena (June 30)
St Louis Scottrade Center (July 2)
Toronto Air Canada Center (22)
Montreal Bell Centre (25)
Boston Fenway Park (28)
New York Madison Square Garden (August 1,3)

Additional North American concert dates in Chicago, Columbus, Detroit, Edmonton, Hartford, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, Philadelphia, Tampa, San Francisco, Minneapolis/St. Paul and the Washington/Baltimore area will be announced in the next few weeks. Dates in Europe will be announced in about a month.

In what is destined to be an historic run, the Police will embark on their first tour in 23 years, beginning May 28 at the GM Arena in Vancouver. As part of a tour that will play arenas and stadiums internationally through the end of the year, the band will also headline the June 16 date of the Bonnaroo festival in Manchester, Tenn.

As expected, the tour will be produced worldwide by the Next Adventure in association with RZO Entertainment, under the direction of Arthur Fogel, president of TNA and chairman of global music for TNA parent Live Nation. Further details of the tour will be announced today (Feb. 12) during a press conference at the Whisky a Go Go in West Hollywood, Calif.

The announcement comes in the wake of the Police’s dynamic performance of “Roxanne” last night to open the Grammy Awards on CBS. “Ladies and gentlemen, we are the Police and we’re back,” Sting shouted as the group kicked into the song.

Talk of a Police 30th anniversary tour has been rampant in the previous weeks. Sources close to the tour exclusively tell that the plan is for the Police to tour North America through the first week of August, then play the U.K. and Europe, returning to North America in late October.

The rest of the world will follow, including Mexico, South America, Japan and possibly Australia and New Zealand through the end of the year. About 80 shows are currently on the books, including 24 cities in North America. There also is the possibility that the Police will play several stadiums both in the U.S. and abroad, but as of now Fenway Park in Boston is the only confirmed stadium date. No festivals other than Bonnaroo are currently planned.

Best Buy is the North American sponsor of the tour. Tickets will be scaled primarily at $225, $90 and $50. Tickets for Vancouver, Toronto and Montreal will go on sale Feb. 17. Other markets, including Boston and New York, will go on sale Feb. 20. Ticketmaster will orchestrate a pre-sale through a newly created Police tour website a few days prior to the general public onsales. It is highly likely that the Police will be the top-grossing tour of 2007.

Sting, guitarist Andy Summers and drummer Stewart Copeland split in 1984 following the release of their most successful album, “Synchronicity,” although they regrouped for a handful of concerts in 1986 before breaking up for good.

The Police’s lone public performance prior to the Grammys was at the band’s 2003 induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The group also played an impromptu set at Sting’s 1992 wedding to Trudie Styler.
(Ray Waddell, Nashville and Jonathan Cohen, N.Y. via Billboard)