Well, we knew it would happen: We just knew the Police would get lippy at some point during their reunion tour. We didn’t know it would happen after the second show, however.
According to Billboard, Police drummer Stewart Copeland posted a venomous, tongue-in-cheek diatribe on his Web site concerning the May 31 Police show at Vancouver’s GM Place, the group’s first sold-out arena show of the new tour.
"This is unbelievably lame," Copeland wrote of the Vancouver show. "We are the mighty Police and we are totally at sea.”
Among Copeland’s complaints: he tripped while taking the stage; he couldn’t hear Andy Summers’ intro to “Message in a Bottle” and Sting picked up with his drums, putting the rhythm section a half-beat out of sinc with their guitarist; and Sting got his footing wrong while jumping at the end of “Synchronicity II.”
About this last (admitedly hilarious) gaffe, Copeland wrote, "The mighty Sting momentarily looks like a petulant pansy instead of the god of rock. And so it goes, for song after song." He later said old favorites like “Don’t Stand So Close to Me” and “Every Little Thing She Does is Magic” were hacked to bits as well.
"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.
Luckily enough, this time around the spewed venom is all in good fun. Copeland reported that the three of them laughed hysterically while hugging it out afterward. Isn’t that precious? To end his remarks, Copeland wrote, “Screw it, it’s only music. What are you gonna do?”
At least the Police are taking the smiling, laughing high road as opposed to the intra-band fisticuffs that marked, and ultimately ended, the group’s first go-round. One would like to see the creases ironed out a touch better in the ensuing Police shows, especially considering the price some of these tickets are fetching.
But, like Copeland himself said, what are you gonna do? It’s been 20 years. If this tour’s existence teaches us anything, it’s that patience is a wonderful thing.