The Police have Compilation, Reissues, Fan Club Show On Tap
As the start of the Police’s reunion tour approaches, there is a flurry of activity in the group’s camp, including a new double-disc compilation, reissues of albums from guitarist Andy Summers and drummer Stewart Copeland, a book of Sting’s lyrics and a special warm-up gig for fan club members on May 27 in Vancouver.
On June 5, A&M/UMe will issue an eponymous Police collection featuring 28 tracks spread over two discs. The same day, remastered editions of the Summers/Robert Fripp 1982 collaboration “I Advance Masked” and Copeland’s 1985 release “The Rhythmatist” will hit stores.
On June 29, Copeland’s Police documentary “The Police Inside Out” will be released in Japan, most likely with a bonus disc of previously unreleased footage, according to the band’s Web site.
Meanwhile, the Sting lyric tome “Lyrics by Sting” is due Oct. 23 via Dial Press, which previously published his memoir, “Broken Music.” The new book will boast lyrics from 100-plus songs plus commentary about the writing process from the artist.
As for the May 27 warm-up, tickets are only available to fan club members and will not be sold to the general public. The venue will be scaled back for a more intimate seating configuration than what will be utilized the following night for the tour’s proper kick-off.
Finally, the trio is in talks to play a free show in Havana in December “as an expression of their gratitude to Cuban fans who have supported the Police throughout the years,” according to its site. www.policetour.com
Here is the track list for “The Police”:
“Can’t Stand Losing You”
“Next to You”
“Truth Hits Everybody”
“Hole in My Life”
“Message in a Bottle”
“Reggatta De Blanc”
“Bring on the Night”
“Walking on the Moon”
“Don’t Stand So Close to Me”
“Driven to Tears”
“Canary in a Coalmine”
“De Do Do Do, De Da Da Da”
“Voices Inside My Head”
“Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic”
“Spirits in the Material World”
“Every Breath You Take”
“Wrapped Around Your Finger”
“Walking in Your Footsteps”
“King of Pain”
“Murder by Numbers”
“Tea in the Sahara”