No Love from “The Police”

The Police - No love for DCFor us old “fuddy duddies” on DC Metblogs, some of us are more akin to liking some older musical acts than the current crop of bands. However, if one remembers correctly, if it weren’t for some of these bands, what you have on the radio now, would have never existed. I no longer listen to R.E.M. due to Michael Stipe’s disparaging comment about The Beatles (not noting ANY influence whatsoever – noting it was “elevator music”).

At least one of the bands that introduced a “sound” that has influenced multiple generation of garage band dreamers, The Police, have just announced they ARE going on tour. What’s absent from the tour list (at least for the first leg) is ANYTHING near DC. They play two shows up in NYC and one in Boston, but outside of St. Louis and Bonnaroo in Tennessee, nothing near by that isn’t sponsored by a summer road trip.

Speaking of influences, The 9:30 Clubhas a soft sale for the latest “supagroup” from Blur/Gorrilaz front-man, Damon Albarn, “The Good, The Bad, and the Queen” on March 14th. The band is made up of a venerable cavalcade of stars with a pedigree to impress, including Albarn himself, Clash bassist Paul Simonon, former Verve guitarist Simon Tong and Afrobeat pioneer Tony Allen (the album was produced by former “Demon Days” producer and half of Gnarls Barkley, Danger Mouse). WOWZERS!

6 Comments so far

  1. Don (unregistered) on February 13th, 2007 @ 2:13 pm

    You’ll never hear a complaint from me about being snubbed by a band here in DC. You haven’t lived in Live Music Hell till you’ve resided in South Florida. There was a brief period during my teen years when you might get some medium to large acts at the Hollywood Sportatorium (not-so-lovingly called the ‘barnitorim’ by many of us) but overall most acts didn’t find it worth their while to drive the 6 hours into Florida to get to Orlando and then another 5 to make it to Miami…. just to drive 11 hours back up and out to the rest of civilization.

  2. Mike B. (unregistered) on February 13th, 2007 @ 2:22 pm

    Yes, but they also said they would definitely be coming to the DC/Baltimore area. Date(s) TBA. So don’t worry. My guess would be August, right after the NYC dates.

  3. Silver Spring Penguin (unregistered) on February 13th, 2007 @ 7:55 pm

    Didn’t catch The Police on the Grammy broadcast. How did they sound?

  4. Silver Spring Penguin (unregistered) on February 13th, 2007 @ 7:56 pm

    Didn’t catch The Police on the Grammy broadcast. How did they sound?

  5. Max (unregistered) on February 13th, 2007 @ 11:20 pm

    I’m all over a DC/Baltimore concert. I’d love to see these guys and relive the good ol’ days!

  6. darpino (unregistered) on February 14th, 2007 @ 3:03 am

    They sounded pretty good. Played ‘Roxanne’.

    See it here:

    I would like to see them play too. I wonder how much $$ they are going to expect people to pay to relive the 80’s.

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