The Police shocked many observers by setting aside their feuds last year and rediscovering their synchronicity as a band, but now they are ready to go their separate ways again. Sting, Andy Summers and Stewart Copeland announced at a news conference Tuesday that they will close out their triumphant reunion tour with a "last-ever" show in August at a New York-area venue to be announced soon.
That final show will be a fundraiser, the band announced, with proceeds benefiting "the production of arts programming" on two New York public television stations, WNET and WLIW.
In a joint statement, the band members said that their early shows at CBGB's, Manhattan's legendary (and now shuttered) club, partly inspired the gesture.
"We kicked off our very first American tour at CBGB's in 1978 and this summer, 30 years later, our journey will come full circle as we play our final show here in New York City," said the Police. "We are honored to partner with public television and have a deep respect for their commitment to arts and culture."
The group will be back in Southern California to play the Hollywood Bowl on May 27 and 28.
-- Geoff Boucher