The Police Reunion Tour Manchester Arena

The Police

Manchester MEN Arena Tuesday 17 June 2008

This show had been rescheduled from last October as Sting had been unwell at the time. I’d seen the Police many times in the late 70s and early 80s including the original band before Andy Summers joined when they supported (and backed I think) Cherry Vanilla at Middlesbrough Rock Garden and Newcastle Polytechnic. When I get the chance I’ll scan in the programmes and ticket stubs from shows that I have seen in the past including their Milton Keynes Bowl concert, Gateshead Stadium (with U2 support), redaing Festival headliner and shows at Newcastle City Hall and Mayfair.

This time I’m on my own (Laura and David don’t appreciate the Police I am afraid) and I drive down to Manchester after work. I’ve booked a Travelodge room for the night just off the M62, so I don’t have to drive straight back after the show.

I get down in time to catch the support act Starsailor, who are Ok, better than I thought they would be. My seat is at the back left hand side of the arena, not such a good view so I have a walk aorund to see if I can get anywhere better to sit. They have sold tickets for the seats behind the stage but there seem to be some empty seats in there so I go in and sit myself down.  I’ll be viewing the band from behind, but I am only a few rows away. Its also interesting to llok out onto the crowd, and there is a screen above us so we can see what is going on.

Soon they are on, I recognise the first song but not quite sure what it is. Then Bang they are into Message in a Bottle; the place goes crazy; the whole arena is up an dancing and singing along; great atmosphere. And the hits keep coming: Walking on the Moon; Don’t stand so close; Can’t stand losing you. The encores include Roxanne and So Lonley (I had almost fogoetten that one; sounds great). This reminds me just how good they were!

Great to see them again; worth the 8 months wait! 

Set List

Bring on the Night
Message in a Bottle
Walking on the Moon
Demolition Man
Voices Inside My Head / When The World Is Running Down
Don’t Stand So Close to Me
Driven To Tears
Hole In My Life
Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic
Wrapped Around Your Finger
De Do Do Do, De Da Da Da
Invisible Sun
Can’t Stand Losing You/Reggatta De Blanc

Encore I
King of Pain
So Lonely
Every Breath You Take

Encore II
Next To You

the programme

the programme

my ticket

my ticket

3 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Graham Rodger on January 31, 2015 at 9:11 pm

    Believe it or not, I actually paid £410.00 for 2 x tickets near the front. I’ve been a lifelong fan of The Police and couldn’t wait to see them live for the first time. After the show however, I felt strangely numb, somehow disconnected, as if I’d been detached from the proceedings. I think because I’d recently seen so many superb gigs in intimate little venues (including Siouxsie, Joe Strummer, Frank Black) it was difficult to adjust to seeing a show in such a huge venue. The performance was great, I just didn’t feel part of it.

    Ten years earlier, I’d sat two feet away from the stage at an Andy Summers show in a Soho jazz club and it was tremendous. I met him afterwards and we talked about his art collection.


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