The Police Get Closer

Last month, we bemoaned the fact that the reunion tour by The Police was only coming as close to Greater Cincinnati as St. Louis. But the initial tour announcement promised more dates would be announced, and now a closer-t0-Cincy show is on the horizon (selling out stadiums in minutes no doubt played a part in the added tour stops as well — their entire U.K. tour sold out in under an hour).

Sting, Andy and Stewart are scheduled to appear in Louisville, at the home of the Kentucky Derby, Churchill Downs, on Saturday, July 14. The historic horse track just got into the concert biz recently; in September of last year, the Downs hosted The Rolling Stones, their first big concert ever.

Tickets go on sale a week from today (Monday, March 26) at 10 a.m. through Ticketmaster (513-562-4949; ticketmaster.com). Prices range from $50-$225. There is a limit of six tickets per customer. Hardcore fans may want to join the official Police fan club, which gets you the chance to buy tickets before they go on sale to the general public.

So who is the lucky band that gets to open the show? It’s none other than Fiction Plane, an Emo-esque Pop Rock group from England whose bassist and lead singer is Joe Sumner. The last name ring a bell? Yup, Joe is the son of Gordon Sumner (aka Sting). Hmmm — wonder who they got that prime gig?

(photo: poster.net)

— Mike Breen

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7 Comments on “The Police Get Closer”

  1. Marilyn Says:

    I don’t know… I just HATE reunion tours. Not sure what that means about me.

  2. citybeat Says:

    I am the same way, Marilyn (read the second link, on the name “The Police” above). If there was any bigtime one that I would go to, though, it would be this one. But I think I’ll hold on to my old memories — and god knows I can’t afford anything but the $50 cheap seats anyway. I’ll wait for the DVD.

    – breen


  3. I think I’m going to do the same, Mike. I didn’t realize Cleveland tix had already gone on sale — only behind-the-stage seats are left. I wouldn’t have minded distant seats there because the sound at the Q is good for an arena, but no way do I want to see them at Churchill Downs.

    They’re charging $100 to join the fan club and get access to presale tix. Shameful…

  4. Marilyn Says:

    Mike, remember back when so many were scrambling to get those blasted and EXPENSIVE Eagles tickets? 😉

  5. NKYGAL Says:

    While I am excited to hear that they will be coming closer to Cincy I have to tell you that I worked the Rolling Stones concert at Church Hill Downs earlier this year. It was an absolute NIGHTMARE. The Stones concert was the first to be held there and the organizers were not prepared. I worked “Security” for the section on the actual track. They only had one exit to the bathrooms and food and I was almost trampled as were the others during the set break. They did not have enough restrooms and the crowds complained of feeling crammed in the section. At one point, when it started raining and people tried to head inside, they almost crushed us because they were not allowed to exit through the intermittent gates to the stands, only through the main entrance to the field.

    Good luck to those working and attending this one. I sure wont.

  6. citybeat Says:

    Thanks NYKGAL – That’s good to know. I just dusted off the old credit card after being offered a chance at pre-sale tickets (which means pretty good seats). I’ve been internally battling myself all morning — should I or shouldn’t I? If I was to go, there’s no way I’m sitting 400 yards away from the stage, so I’d want the $225 tickets. And I’d have to take a friend. So that’s $450, plus service charges, transportation, etc. Is it worth over $500 for a little nostalgia kick? I’m going to have to say no. I don’t know that there’s any band in the world that I’d pay over $500 to see. I could probably get to the Coachella festival in Californai for that much. Heck, if Bonnaroo (which the Police are playing) wasn’t sold out, I could have probably gone there and had extra money for drugs!

    Marilyn — Oh yeah, I sure do remember the Eagles reunion. No offense to Eagles fans, but I wouldn’t pay $2 to see them. I think tickets were $175 or so — that seems quite quaint now, looking at Police prices. Who will be the first artist to charge $1000 for a concert ticket? I bet we see it in the next decade or so. My money (so to speak) is on the Stones. “Farewell Tour,” anyone?

    – breen

  7. Marilyn Says:

    OMG! I’ll bet you are right, Mike — $1000, indeed! But, honestly, I wouldn’t even want to see the Stones. I’m OLD, so I’ve seen all kinds of concerts from the early ’70’s forward. New stuff for me!

    There are actually $225 tickets for the Police?! I did like the Police, very much. But to see them in a reunion at $225 a head? Nope.


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