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  1. Yeah, I posted this a couple of weeks ago. Nobody really seemed to care but me and PinkFloyd1973.

    Here's an update:

    The Police rehearsing in Vancouver?

    Every little thing The Police ever did was magic to the band's fans. On Wednesday, Vancouver's Rock 101 FM's Bro' Jake Show reported that the '80s rockers were rehearsing at North Vancouver's Lions Gate Studios, preparing for a highly-anticipated 30-year reunion tour.

    No one was available officially to confirm or deny the report. A receptionist would only allow that "there have been a lot of calls this morning."

    Rock 101 received unconfirmed reports Wednesday night that two large semis arrived at the studio and started unloading gear marked with Police logos and those of its former lead singer, Sting. The radio station reported some Sting sightings on the slopes of Whistler yesterday, too.

    Rumours of the platinum-selling, platinum-blond act returning to the stage to perform have circulated since March 2003, when the Police last played together at their induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland.

    They heated up again last month when a story in UK paper Daily News reported that the group would tour this summer in celebration of the 30th anniversary of the release of its first major single, "Roxanne."

    On Jan. 14, Sting pretty much admitted to a coming tour when he told the Television Critics Association that all former members were talking.

    "We started 30 years ago, so it would be nice to do something to celebrate," Sting is quoted as saying. "We don't quite know what, but we're talking about it."

    Talk of a The Police presence at the Grammy telecast on Feb. 11 from Los Angeles' Staples Center is also circulating.

    If The Police are indeed rehearsing in Vancouver, it joins a growing list of superstars using the city as a pre-tour practice and opening-night locale.

    U2 and the Rolling Stones used GM Place for rehearsal space in 2006, while Nickelback and Foo Fighters have used Pacific Coliseum. Bob Dylan spent four days over Thanksgiving at the Commodore. Country singer Dierks Bentley recently holed up at Pacific Coliseum before beginning his latest tour. Previous years have seen Janet Jackson, Aerosmith and others take advantage of Vancouver's relative anonymity and world-class technical crews.

    © The Province (Vancouver) 2007

  2. Why so shocked ? In the early '70s protestant churches in North America adopted " Joy to the World " , and " Put your Hand in the Hand of the Man " etc. into the regular hymn sing ... and so ?! U2's origins were that of a highly Christian-oriented rock band . Big deal .

    I gotta say, that isn't the reaction I thought this post would garner. Not with all the Bono-bashing that goes on around here.

    Yes, there are U2 songs that might do well sung in a church. There are, however, some that don't really have that much religious imagery, such as "Mysterious Ways" which the article mentioned.

  3. If this isn't already one of the signs of the apocalypse, it should be (and I'm one of the biggest U2 fans you will meet):

    LONDON (Reuters) - For Anglicans who still haven't found what they're looking for, the Church of England is staging its first "U2-charist" communion service -- replacing hymns with hit songs by the Irish supergroup.

    "Rock music can be a vehicle of immense spirituality," said Bishop of Grantham Timothy Ellis, announcing plans for the unique service in the central English town of Lincoln in May.

    A live band is to play U2 classics like "Beautiful Day" and "Mysterious Ways" with special singalong lyrics displayed on a giant screen. Seating for the 500-strong congregation is to be re-arranged so everyone can dance and wave their hands.

    The service is to focus on the Millennium development goals -- U2's lead singer Bono is a leading promoter of the targets to alleviate world poverty.

  4. I have not heard the new guy, but I am not interested because I liked so much INXS. They cannot replace Michael and call it INXS in my opinion. Doesn't seem the same to me. Like a PR stunt.

    Now, old INXS, yes I love that music.

    I completely agree.

  5. For anyone that cares.....

    Sting May Be Reuniting With The Police

    It’s looking more certain than ever that Sting is about to reunite with his original band, The Police.

    The signs are strong, with enough clues available so that even Colonel Mustard could figure it out. Here’s one: Yesterday, former Policemen Andy Summers and Stewart Copeland were guests, with their families, at a Malibu birthday party for Sting’s better half, Trudie Styler. Their appearance caused quite a stir.

    And on Thursday night at the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, Sting dedicated a lute version of “Message in a Bottle†to the pair of former comrades who happened to be seated in the auditorium.

    Further investigation: Although Sting and his camp remain mum on the subject, sources do tell me that the Police will reunite this summer to celebrate their 30th anniversary.

    Such a tour makes sense for everyone, since a reunited Police would probably mean sold-out stadiums and arenas around the world. An announcement could come at any time.

    And think of it: With U2 and the Rolling Stones having exhausted their audiences by now, the Police would have a clear shot this summer for record-breaking box-office numbers.

    The Police only recorded five albums before breaking up in 1982, but their greatest hits remain radio staples a quarter century later. Since then, Sting has gone on to have an unparalleled hit solo career, while Summers and Copeland have concentrated on jazz and soundtrack composing.

    Still, the group’s songs are widely known even to a new generation. “Every Breath You Take,†“Roxanne†and “Don’t Stand So Close to Me†are known to many different age groups.

    If the Police do reunite — and there’s every reason to think they will — the impetus may have come from a documentary Copeland showed last year at the Sundance Film Festival called “Everyone Stares.†Icy relations among the three thawed when Sting attended a screening of the film.

    Since then, Sting released his classical album, "Songs From the Labyrinth," which held the top spot on Billboard’s classical chart for 12 weeks.

    Insiders say that Sting’s former reluctance to rejoin his mates is gone now that he’s accomplished pretty much everything he could in his solo career, at least for the moment.

    Courtesy of foxnews.com

  6. I got this game for my kids for Christmas. At least that's what I told them. I actually bought it so I could play it! I stumbled upon one in a store before Christmas and my wife had to drag me away from it. Now, everybody in the house, including her, is hooked. Great game.

  7. Happy New Year, TP.

    Things started disintegrating between them during their last two albums. Sting began exercising almost complete creative control and Andy and Stewart were only allowed one song each on each album.

    Andy had an instrumental song on Zenyatta Mondatta that Sting refused to play bass on. The song wound up winning a Grammy that year for Best Rock Instrumental.

    I blame Sting for their demise. All in all, it's up to him whether the reunion happens or not.

  8. Courtesy of billboard.com....

    Rumors are swirling that the Police will reunite for 2007 dates in England and the United States, which would be the legendary trio's first since disbanding in 1986. Sources tell Billboard.com the reports are legitimate but would not publicly comment until final details are nearer to completion.

    This year marks the 30th anniversary of the release of "Roxanne," the single that broke the Police in the United States. In a statement issued last month, A&M Records said, "It is our intention to mark the anniversary by doing something special with the band's catalogue of songs. Needless to say, everyone is hopeful the band will support our plans and while early discussions have taken place, nothing has been decided."

    Sources say in addition to DVD releases, A&M is planning another multi-disc collection in the vein of 1993's "Message in a Box," which featured the band's complete studio recordings and a handful of rarities.

    A Police reunion has been the concert industry's dream for two decades, as it is believed the band could play stadiums internationally should it choose to reunite. But besides an impromptu set at Sting's 1992 wedding to Trudie Styler, the Police's only other post-breakup performance was in celebration of its 2003 induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

    And while Sting has repeatedly expressed reluctance at reuniting, drummer Stewart Copeland and guitarist Andy Summers have kept the flame alive. This summer, Summers told Billboard he was certain the group could have continued on past its 1983 commercial peak with "Synchronicity."

    "The more rational approach would have been, 'OK, Sting, go make a solo record, and let's get back together in two or three years,'" he said. "I'm certain we could have done that. Of course we could have. We were definitely not in a creative dry space. We could have easily carried on, and we could probably still be there. That wasn't to be our fate. It went in another way. I regret we never paid it off with a last tour. We snuck out the back door, which is what we were told to do, until it just became too frustrating to lie about it."

    "I'm very keen on it," Copeland told Billboard.com of a potential reunion, the day after the Rock Hall induction. "But I absolutely understand why it's not going to happen and I'm down with that. It was really great to be the Police for 15 minutes. If you can think of some other award we can go get or some other good reason, give me a call, and I'll try it out!"

    In 2001, Copeland excitedly told Billboard about "one piece of unreleased Police product" which he hoped would eventually see the light of day.

    "One of the times when they were working on the box set or something like that, they convened the three of us on the phone. Sting and Andy were in Italy; Andy was visiting Sting at the time, and I was on a DSL line in L.A.," he recalled. "And we went down all the song titles from all of our albums. Song title: 'Can't Stand Losing You.' And we each just talked about the track and argued and shouted and screamed. There was laughter and tears. It was very cathartic. It was almost like a therapy session. It was hysterical. It was so much fun."

    "We were really going at it with all the language, straight for the jugular, refighting the battles, laughing hysterically while we put the stiletto exactly where we stuck it last time," he continued. "The engineer said it was like watching a concert. They were in Italy and it's like after dinner, and I'm here in L.A. at 10 in the morning. I'm getting more and more caffeinated as they're getting drunker and drunker."

    "It seems like we're in contact all the time, but actually, years go by," Copeland said of his ongoing relationship with Summers and Sting. "It's sort of like whenever we see each other, it's like we saw each other five minutes ago. We don't have any sensation of time going by. We don't pick up the phone every week, but when we do, we pick up from where we left off."

  9. From what I understand she basically received no punishment. House arrest and probation I believe.

    Had it of been a man that did the same things to a 14-year-old girl, I dare say the outcome would have been much more severe for him.

    That being said, if I was the 14-year-old boy, I would have done the same thing. She is some smokin' hot babe!!

  10. Wassup Peachy??

    If I was in his band, I'd probably kick him out too. Sell-out!!! :) Maybe they'll take him back. Of course he's gonna win the whole thing so it doesn't really matter!!

    You watched Rock Star last year didn't you? My wife was in Nashville this past Monday and Tuesday and ran into Marty Casey at the hotel she was staying at. Although I wasn't too crazy about the whole premise of the show, I really liked Marty. Pretty cool.

  11. Hey Peach, I'm a big fan of this guy too. I went to his band's website and his picture has been blacked out on the front page. Reckon he's been kicked out of the band?

    My wife has informed me of her plans to run off with Ace should I slip up.

  12. My wife's a big H&O fan. She has this album as well as just about every other thing they've done. I was forced to listen to the "Our Kind of Soul" CD on a road trip and I must say I was not expecting to enjoy it too much. I got so burned out on 80's music during the 80's that I really don't have much interest in hearing most of it nowadays. I was not aware that this new CD was a cover of soul songs. I have to say I was pleasantly surprised. I, too, am more fond of the early H&O sound. "Love TKO" is an awesome song. I have never heard the original, but Daryl does a super job on this one. On this CD, you can really "hear" just how much these songs mean to them. Even if you're just a casual fan of H&O and haven't bought anything of theirs in 20 years, I would highly recommend you pick this one up.

  13. As far as I know it's this Thursday.

    I saw an ad for Conan's show on TV and it said U2 was going to be on Thursday's show. I looked at the program guide and it said nothing about U2. I then went to VH1, to their Rock on TV section, and it said that U2 was going to be on. It also mentioned one or two other folks that were scheduled to appear. Now I see this article today stating that they're going to be the only ones on the show.

  14. NEW YORK (AP) -- In his 12 years in charge of booking musical guests on Conan O'Brien's "Late Night," Jim Pitt always listed U2 and Johnny Cash as the dream artists he'd tried but never succeeded in getting.

    He lost his chance with the late Cash, but the U2 dream is coming true Thursday in a major way.

    O'Brien will turn over his entire show to the band, which is in New York for seven sold-out engagements at Madison Square Garden.

    "We were able to offer them something to feel enough like an event for them to do the show," Pitt said. "It's basically 'Late Night with Conan O'Brien,' the U2 edition."

    The NBC show has never before devoted itself entirely to a musical guest, although it gave major time a few years back to a holiday appearance by bandleader Max Weinberg's other employer, Bruce Springsteen.

    O'Brien's a big U2 fan, and made a personal connection by talking at length with Bono during breaks in rehearsals for the band's "Saturday Night Live" appearance last season, Pitt said.

    It may be a nervous time for Bono, who is nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize for his work in trying to ease Third World poverty. People who watch the Nobel closely list the lead singer as one of the favorites. The winner is expected to be named Friday.

    The band is expected to perform three songs and be interviewed by O'Brien.

    Pitt is not pushing for any material in particular.

    "When U2 decides they want to come on the show for an hour, you don't get too picky about what they play," he said.

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