Friday, June 01, 2007

Stewart Copeland: "Police Tour Totally Lame"

Dude...I paid $417 for 1 ticket...this is a horror show. They better not break up before they hit MSG...

Great article; I need to check out Copeland's blog on his site.

Police drummer rips band's "lame" concert

06/01/2007 2:00 AM, Reuters
Dean Goodman

The singer in the Police jumps like a "petulant pansy," the drummer is making a "complete hash," and who knows what the guitarist is doing?

Notes from a bitter critic? Actually, it's a disarmingly frank concert review from the aforementioned drummer of the newly reunited rock trio.

A philosophical Stewart Copeland unleashed his vitriol in a posting on his Web site on Thursday, a day after the band played its second show in Vancouver, the Canadian city where it began its first world tour in more than 20 years on Monday.

"This is unbelievably lame," Copeland wrote of Wednesday's show at the GM Place arena. "We are the mighty Police and we are totally at sea."

Most of the 20,000 fans at the venue might not have noticed a series of small flubs, but Copeland, singer/bassist Sting, and guitarist were painfully aware of them.

Copeland started the show off on the wrong foot, literally. He tripped as he took to the stage, and then banged his gong at the wrong time so that "the big pompous opening to the show is a damp squib."

He did not hear Summers' opening riff to "Message In a Bottle," and Sting in turn misheard Copeland's drum intro -- "so we are half a bar out of sync with each other. Andy is in Idaho."

They quickly recovered, but then Sting got his footwork wrong as he leapt into the air to signal the end to a shambolic version of their rat-race rant "Synchronicity II."

"The mighty Sting momentarily looks like a petulant pansy instead of the god of rock," Copeland reported.

"And so it goes, for song after song," he wrote, with tunes such as "Every Little Thing She Does is Magic" and "Don't Stand So Close To Me" reduced to ruin.

"It usually takes about four or five shows in a tour before you get to the disaster gig. But we're The Police so we are a little ahead of schedule," he said.

Fortunately, no fists flew backstage as they did back in the Police's heyday. The threesome fell into each other's arms laughing hysterically, Copeland said.

"Screw it, it's only music. What are you gonna do? But maybe it's time to get out of Vancouver."

The band's next show is set for Saturday in Edmonton.

One good sign is that they didn't fight afterwards...I mean, at the end of their run in the 80's, they had to show up to gigs in separarate I guess this is a good sign...Copeland is awesome...he doesn't give a fuck. He's like "This is the what happened...and how much we sucked!" -- I have a lot of respect for the guy already, but I'm just wowed by this.

J was like "yeah, it amazes me."


I paid $417...and I want to see them. I don't care if they just stand on the stage and have a farting contest...That will still rock.


Blogger Pendullum said...

I had a friend who worked the Police picnic and had no idea who they were... and literally there was a BBQ in the back and he asked Stink to pass the mustard...
Well, STINK was not too impressed.. . The name is STING says he...
And now, I can only look at Sting and think STINK...
When do you see them...I am certain they will work the bugs out by the time they get to you...

12:05 PM  
Blogger Billychic said...

That's know he's just pissed off that he's been moved to the "easy listening" section in music

I'm going at the beginning of August. Yeah, I'm sure they will, but like I said - even if they TOTALLY suck, I won't care; I'll be happy to see them. I just hope they don't get pissed at each other and break up before then. lol


12:55 PM  

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