The day after they opened the Grammy Awards telecast, the Police broke the news that they will begin a global tour on May 28 in Vancouver, B.C., that will run into the early part of next year.
The Police — Sting, Andy Summers and Stewart Copeland — took the stage of the Whisky in West Hollywood on Monday morning to perform four songs and answer questions regarding the tour, their first since splitting in 1984. Thirteen dates of the tour — including stops at Madison Square Garden on Aug. 1 and 3 and Boston’s Fenway Park on July 28 — were announced along a planned route: North America in the summer; England and Europe in September and October; and a return to North America in late October, followed by Mexico, South America, Australia, New Zealand and Japan.
Band will headline the Bonnaroo Festival in Tennessee on June 16.
Live Nation will produce the eagerly awaited tour, and Best Buy is the corporate sponsor. Tickets will be priced at $225, $90 and $50, with an average price of $100. Opening North American portion of the tour should easily gross $50 million, based on the announcement of the 27 cities included in the first leg.
Show will be just the three members of the band, with no auxiliary musicians, performing material recorded during their 1977-83 tenure as the Police. They dodged questions Monday regarding the composing or recording of new material; Universal Music’s A&M, which owns the Police recordings, has yet to make an announcement regarding any re-releases or special packages.
In between performances of “Message in a Bottle,” “When the World Is Running Down, You Make the Best of What’s Still Around,” “Can’t Stand Losing You” and “Roxanne,” the band members discussed their reteaming, noting that unlike other groups, they never disliked each other.
“We fought because we cared passionately about the music,” said Sting, who was using an ancient and battered Fender bass for the perf. “We’re still fighting, but we have ways of navigating (a debate). We’re a bit more wise. There’s no reason we should not be 25 years better — and we were good before.”
Copeland, the drummer who assembled the band, noted, “When we were young, we were out to conquer the world. Now we are happy fathers of many. I just like playing my drums and following Sting’s lead. We don’t have an agenda now.”
Tickets for three of the shows will go on sale Saturday; those for the Boston and New York dates become available Feb. 20.
A Los Angeles show has not been set, but it is likely to be held in June at Staples Center.