The Police Live: Review

Posted on: 02 July 2008 by Gareth Hargreaves

The trio play their final UK concert at Hard Rock Calling in Hyde Park.

The Police played what looks set to be their last ever UK concert at the Hard Rock Calling festival in Hyde Park, London on Sunday 29th June 2008.

35,000 people gathered in the sunshine, from children and students to parents and pensioners, to hear the group, having been treated to The Bangles, Starsailor and K T Tunstall beforehand.

The crowd were not disappointed when the band came on stage and began with the lively Message In A Bottle.

While some of the earlier acts in the day got a good reception to their hits but a more muted response to their lesser known numbers, The Police took full advantage of their popular back catalogue and played an hour and a half of hit after hit. They didn't need to include album-only tracks or Sting's solo work, yet offered a variety of sounds, and the result was a very contented audience.

Sting - The Police, Hard Rock Calling, Hyde Park, 29th June 2008We were reminded that The Police 'saved' Sting from his two year career as a teacher, and the band duly played Don't Stand So Close To Me.

From the dark - King Of Pain - to the joyful - Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic - the crowd sang along to every number, with the lyrics "eee oh oh" and "de do do do de da da da" drawn out to maximum effect.

After Can't Stand Losing You, The Police made the audience call twice for encores - one for Roxanne, with the stage lit in a blaze of red, and another including Every Breath You Take. A sea of hands clapped and waved for the whole set.

In a trio everyone must earn their place, and the group did rock, with Sting's distinctive singing, Andy Summers' polished guitar playing and Stuart Copeland's dynamic drumming. Though the initial burst of energy faded down as the evening drew to a close, the trio's music remained on form and showed why those 35,000 people had turned out to see them end on a high.

By Cherry Butler

Were you there? Have you been to a concert recently? Are you going to a festival this summer? You can discuss live music in the 50connect forum.

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