The Police's reunion tour returned to New York last night for a Halloween show at Madison Square Garden. While the group delivered the same setlist it has offered most nights this fall, the trio did spice up their performance for the holiday. Frontman Sting took the stage dressed as a jester, guitarist Andy Summers played Charlie Chaplin and drummer Stewart Copeland dressed as a zombie mummy. Throughout the night, Summers stayed in character with both his walk and mannerisms.
Copeland's last Halloween performance took place in 2001 with the supergroup Oysterhead at Denver's Fillmore Auditorium. For the gig Oysterhead sandwiched verses of its 'Armies on Ecstasy' with a take on the Kinks 'All Day and All of the Night' and the Police's 'Walking on the Moon' (at that point a rarity). Later, during the trio's 'Birthday Boys', Trey Anastasio also offered a few lines from some of songs that Jon Fishman often sang with Phish, including 'Love You', 'Bike' and 'Cracklin' Rosie'. For the gig, Anastasio also wore Fishman's signature dress.
The Police will return to Madison Square Garden this Friday, November 2.
© Relix by Mike Greenhaus