The Police calling it quits

Will announce last show in New York in August

NASHVILLE -- A New York press conference featuring the Police and Mayor Michael Bloomberg on Tuesday heralded the band's final concert ever, to be held in New York at a date to be announced in August.

This final concert will be a fundraiser with proceeds benefiting the production of arts programming for public television stations Thirteen/WNET and WLIW New York. Tickets will be available nationally online via the Thirteen/WNET and WLIW Web sites.

Additionally, Sting and the Police announced that they will contribute $1 million to Bloomberg's MillionTreesNYC initiative -- a gift the city will match -- to plant trees all over New York City.

More details about the benefit show, including venue and ticket information, will be released later. As of Tuesday, the last Police date on the books is Aug. 5 at the Nikon at Jones Beach Theatre in Wantagh, N.Y.

The Police began the final leg of their reunion tour May 1 in Ottawa, the first of about 50 shows taking place this summer in amphitheaters, arenas and stadiums primarily in North America and Europe. Most stops are in markets not played in 2007, when the Police were the top tour of the year at more than $212 million gross and nearly 2 million in attendance, according to Billboard Boxscore.

Produced by Live Nation and RZO Prods., the Police reunion tour captured the Top Tour (gross) and Top Draw (attendance) awards at last November's Billboard Touring Conference in New York.

Joining the Police this time around in North America are Elvis Costello & the Imposters. In between the 33 North American dates, the Police return to Europe for a number of major festivals. The tour is expected to be one of the top five highest-grossing tours of all time, with revenue topping $340 million.
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