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1983 08 18 Andy Sting Kathy Turner.jpg
a photo from today - copyright Kathy Turner
1983 08 18 Police 01 Zeb Cochran.jpg 1983 08 18 Police 02 Zeb Cochran.jpg
photos from today taken by Zeb Cochran (used with permission)
1983 08 18 Sting Julian David Stone.jpg
a photo from this concert - copyright Julian David Stone check out his kickstarter project
1983 08 18 pass Peter Engisch.jpg
an All Access pass for this concert - provided by Peter Engisch
1983 08 18 ticket.jpg
a ticket for this concert
1983 08 18 ticket2.jpg
a ticket for this concert
1983 06 23 Voice ad.jpg
an ad for this concert in Voice - June 28, 1983
1983 08 18 radio sticker.jpg
a promotional radio sticker for this concert
1983 08 19 USA Today review.jpg 1983 08 19 New York Times review.jpg
reviews of this concert in USA Today (August 19, 1983) and The New York Times (August 20, 1983)
1983 11 30 Circus review 1.jpg 1983 11 30 Circus review 2.jpg
a review of this concert in Circus - November 30, 1983
Performance summary
Artist performing: The Police
Tour: 1983-1984 Synchronicity Tour
Venue: Shea Stadium
Location: New York, NY, USA
Support acts: Joan Jett & the Blackhearts, REM
Ticket prices: US$ 15,00 - 20,00

On 1983-08-18, The Police performed at Shea Stadium in New York, NY, USA.


Recording information

There's a recording of this concert.

The original double vinyl bootleg lp I'd Like To Thank The Beatles For Lending Us This Stadium omitted both Invisible Sun and One World.


Tickets for this concert sold out within five hours - they went on sale on Saturday, June 25 at 9:00am.

During the soundcheck Sting changed the lyrics of Every Breath You Take: "oh can't you see - my dog has fleas" ...

While The Police were giving one of many interviews Stewart Copeland and Sting got into a fight over a newspaper. Falling onto the stage floor Stewart accidentally broke one of Sting's ribs. Sting noticed this a few days later.

There were 67.000 people in the audience - among them were Andy Warhol and Matt Dillon.

While playing Shea Stadium Sting decided to stop playing with The Police, because this overwhelming event was as far as the band could possibly go.

There was an aftershow party which went until about 4am the next day.

Interviews, the fight, the soundcheck including the re-working of Every Breath You Take and parts of the actual concert were broadcast on the BBC's "Breakfast Time" show and the weekly "Entertainment USA" show.

The Police normally stayed at their mansion on Long Island, but Andy Summers flew in from Los Angeles for this concert and met Neil Sedaka at the airport.

See also

External links

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sources: tickets, TV clips, lots of articles..., Kim Turner's itinerary, Andy Summers interview with the Los Angeles information, Andy Warhol diaries

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