Police Finally Reunite: Fanboys Like Me Rejoice
I have been saying for weeks now, before Sting's well-placed trial balloons in the press, that this was going to happen.
So I wasn't surprised when CBS revealed todaythat the coolest band from the '80s, The Police, would finally come together Feb. 11 to open this year's Grammy awards.
How did I know? Partially, it was the nostalgia of the former bandmembers themselves.
One of the few books I read voraciously last year, guitarist Andy Summers excellent memoir (with the worst title I've ever seen) One Train later, was an extended pean to his bittersweet time with the supergroup. And drummer Stewart Copeland's uneven documentary pasting together home video footage he shot throughout the band's rise and fall, Everyone Stares: The Police Inside and Out, showed how hard Copeland was willing to work to reminisce over their combative time together.
What a difference an uneven album can make.
(Critical opinion begins here) Lately, Sting has been working overtime to stay relevant as a recording artist, and his highbrow release of a album based on Elizabethan-era composer John Dowling's work didn't help (neither did a brief muscial appearance on another creative product struggling to remain relevant, NBC's Saturday Night Live-based dramedy Studio 60). It was a top-seller on Billboard's classical charts; but for a pop star used to selling out stadiums, that's an awfully low bar to hurdle.
So now we have the Police-men returning just in time to promote their 30th anniversary, the release of a Police Around the World DVD set and a new sequel to their comprehensive Message in a Box box set.
You didn't think this was just about the music, did you?
(apologies to my pals at Stuck in the '80s for encroaching on their turf, but I'm a bona-fide Police maniac, dudes!)
CBS' release follows:
Legendary five-time GRAMMY® Award winners, The Police (Sting, Stewart Copeland and Andy Summers), to perform on the GRAMMY Awards for the first time when they reunite to open the show, on THE 49TH ANNUAL GRAMMY AWARDS, live from STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, Sunday, Feb. 11 (8:00-11:30 PM, live ET/ delayed PT) on the CBS Television Network.
The Police join an impressive list of past GRAMMY Awards opening acts that includes reunions and once-in-a-lifetime performances: the ever-animated Madonna sharing the stage with the Gorillaz (2006); an all-star, stage-filled spectacle that featured The Black Eyed Peas, Maroon5, Gwen Stefani, Los Lonely Boys and Franz Ferdinand (2005); Prince and Beyoncé in an electrifying duet (2004), and the reunion of music legends Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel (2003).
David Letterman Celebrates His 25th Anniversary Thursday
Once again, the guy who kicked off his oddball late-night tlak show 25years ago returns, as Bill Murray helps David Letterman celebrate 25 years in late night TV Thursday. Too bad the audience keeps denying this comedy genius his full TV props, showing up in larger numbers for Jay Leno's lame-brained antics on NBC.
Here's the CBS press release:
DAVID LETTERMAN MARKS 25 YEARS IN LATE NIGHT TELEVISION,
THURSDAY, FEB. 1 ON THE CBS TELEVISION NETWORK
Guests Bill Murray and Cleveland Cavaliers Star LeBron James to Visit with Letterman on the Night of His Milestone
David Letterman marks 25 years in late night television on the LATE SHOW with DAVID LETTERMAN, Thursday, Feb. 1 (11:35 PM-12:37 AM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.
Joining him on the show will be actor Bill Murray, who was the first guest on Letterman's groundbreaking "Late Night" program on Feb. 1, 1982 and was also the first guest on his inaugural LATE SHOW broadcast on Aug. 30, 1993. Also visiting Letterman on Thursday will be Cleveland Cavaliers star LeBron James.
On Feb. 1, 1982, David Letterman hit the stage of "Late Night with David Letterman" and that night, single-handedly changed the face of late night television forever. Now, 25 years later, Letterman continues to set the standard in late night. With 4,506 broadcasts, 14,772 guest appearances, 14 Emmy Awards and 89 Emmy nominations to his credit, Letterman and his late night programs, "Late Night with David Letterman" and the LATE SHOW with DAVID LETTERMAN, are ranked among the best and most innovative television programs in the history of broadcasting. Other than the late Johnny Carson, who hosted "The Tonight Show" for 30 years, no other late night host comes near Letterman in longevity, critical praise and award recognition.
After spending 11½ years at "Late Night with David Letterman," Letterman moved his show to the CBS Television Network on Aug. 30, 1993 and instantly created an immensely successful late night franchise for the Network. Now in its 14th season on CBS, the LATE SHOW continues to shine: the CBS late night broadcast alone has been honored with nine Emmy Awards, 54 Emmy nominations, countless other accolades and critical acclaim for its original and inventive comedy, newsmaking guests and cutting-edge musical performances.