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Performance summary
Artist performing: Sting
Tour: 1981 The Secret Policeman's Other Ball performances
Venue: The Theatre Royal
Location: London, England, UK
Support acts: SUPPORT ACTS
Ticket prices: TICKET PRICES

On 1981-09-10, Sting performed at The Theatre Royal in London, England, UK.


Sting performed two solo songs each night: Roxanne and Message In A Bottle

He also joined the all star band The Secret Police at the end of each concert to perform I Shall Be Released.

Recording information

The shows were filmed by Julian Temple. The movie The Secret Policeman's Other Ball was released in 1982.

In 1982 selected tracks were released on an LP called The Secret Policeman's Other Ball / The Secret Policeman's Concert (depending on the country).


The Secret Policeman's Other Ball was the fourth of Amnesty International's fund-raising comedy galas (which were started in 1976 by John Cleese).

Sting was approached by producer Martin Lewis and agreed to perform on all four scheduled shows.

The audience was aware that there would be musical guests at this comedy gala, but the organizers did not announce which musicians would be appearing.

When Sting was about to perform he was positioned in the middle of the empty stage. He would begin to sing Roxanne and just then he would be hit by a spotlight. The effect on the audience was amazing.

Sting also watched Top Of The Pops on TV that day (probably recorded on VHS).

See also

External links

This section needs more information.


sources: the book The Secret Policeman's Other Ball; booklet of the 10th anniversary reissue CD The Secret Policeman's Concert; Smash Hits - October 1, 1981

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