07.21.2007 - Latest front row ticket contest winners announced - Read about some of the experiences of earlier winners here...
Throughout the North American tour we have been giving away a pair of front row tickets for some of the shows. The first winners of the front row ticket lottery (front row tickets for the Fan club show on May and the tour opening show on May 28) were drawn by raffle from attendees at the Fan Club party at GM Place on May 27 in Vancouver, and the other winners are listed below...
The winners so far are:
May 27 - Vancouver - Sue Waters
May 28 - Vancouver - Dave Newson
Jun 06 - Seattle - Username "Honu"
Jun 09 - Denver - Username "jillslinkard"
Jun 13 - Oakland - Username "mikeg"
Jun 23 - Los Angeles - Username "gunthonian"
Jun 26 - Dallas - Username "smooyoung"
Jun 30 - New Orleans - Username "taoofkim"
Jul 03 - St. Paul - Username "ckmonson"
Jul 05 - Chicago - Username "sameer"
Jul 10 - Miami - Username "cpriddims"
Jul 16 - Cleveland - Username "fpettibone"
Jul 19 - Philadelphia - Username "eeb7dmb"
Jul 22 - Toronto - Username "fizziewinks"
25 Jul - Montreal - Username "fozzy"
28 Jul - Boston - Username "rlevere"
05 Aug - New Jersey - Username "metrorix"
Check out what some of our past winners had to say!
"I was beyond excited when I heard The Police had announced plans of a reunion tour! Who knew this would ever happen? When I heard there was going to be a special show for Fan Club Members Only, I knew I had to be there! Prior to the Fan Club show, I received an email regarding the pre-show party! I wasn't quite sure what was going to happen at the party but knew I had to be a part of it. My boyfriend (Brian) & I stood in line outside the venue to secure a spot for ourselves at the pre-party. We met so many other cool Police fans: a group of super cool guys from Victoria Island and a diehard fan from NJ, Tom, who flew into Vancouver that afternoon and was flying back to the East Coast at the crack of dawn the next morning. Now, that diehard! I love it! Once we were allowed into the pre-party, I purchased in raffle tickets in hopes that I would win the pair of front row tickets for that night. When my raffle ticket number was called out, the moment came in slow motion for me! It was my raffle ticket number! Holy cow! I was in disbelief that I won! Stunned, I slowing and quietly walked through the crowd to claim my prize! Later, I told Brian that if someone came up to me and offered me a million dollars for my 1st row tix, I won't hand them over! Not a chance! This was the FIRST show of the reunion tour... to have 1st row for the 1st show of The Police Reunion Tour was priceless! Seeing the show from the first row was truly amazing! I enjoyed catching the upclose facial expressions of Sting, Andy and Stewart! This show will forever be one of the coolest experiences ever! The guys were in great spirits that night! They rocked! Did I mention that I had better seat than members of R.E.M.? That's right! Mike Mills and Peter Buck were rows behind me! What a fun night! Honestly, I didn't want to be anywhere else in the world. I was so grateful to see the band performing together again. So grateful that I was in attendence at this "intimate" Fan Club show and completely blown away and ever so grateful to be sitting in front row! I am attending 3 more Police concerts this year... oh no... I could get use to this VIP treatment!!! How will I ever top this show??? The front row tix giveaway is a brilliant idea! Thank you for an unforgettable evening with Sting, Stewart and Andy!" - Sincerely, Sue Waters
"Cleveland Rocked! - The experience of watching the Police from the front row is nothing like you would ever imagine. Being 10 ft. away from Sting and Andy had our heads reeling as they played hit after hit. It was Stewart's birthday that evening. We sat beside a girl from California who brought balloons, signs and birthday greetings which we posted on the barrier between the stage and our seats. Sting came out and acted surprised to see the birthday greetings. Sting sang a stylized happy birthday melody in the middle of one of the songs and the crowd cheered. Stewart was all smiles. My friend was fortunate enough to get a special gift during the song 'Roxanne'. He motioned toward Stewart to throw him a drum stick and he obliged him. So cool. Andy Summers was in the zone as he played his red Stratocaster and vintage Telecaster. It made us feel part of the show as he kicked one of the balloons that we threw onstage. They (Police) were enjoying themselves as they played to a sold out Quicken Loans arena. What a memorable night! Thank you Sting, Andy, Stewart and www.thePolice.com." - by "fpettibone"
"Of course, the best concert my wife and I have ever been to. Having the best seats in the house and watching my favorite band play live again was something we will remember for a long time. There are not many bands out there that match THE POLICE in talent, music, and playing live so I was blown away at winning front row tickets so see them. Thanks, GOD BLESS." - by "mikeg"
"I casually clicked the "Seattle" button on the front row ticket entry form. Knowing I probably wouldn't win, I imagined with a smile what the show would be like; Sting, Stewart, and Andy would be in top form, picking up right where they left off. Then, without a second thought, I continued with life until my phone rang a few days later. The next thing I know I'm at the Key Arena in Seattle, standing on the front row. Right before the show started, I asked my wife to pinch me; I was still in disbelief. They were in top form and they did pick up right where they left off. Then The Police promptly elevated their music even further into the stratosphere. The show was a fabulous experience. The Police were half the reason I became a rank-and-file musician for 15 years. I've followed each of their careers since I was given 'Synchronicity' as a gift. They've been my favorite band ever since. So with gratitude, I say thank you to everyone who made my first Police show such a privilege, especially Sting, Andy and Stewart." - by "Honu"
"I was the winner for the St. Paul front row seats. I have been patiently waiting for this reunion tour for many yrs. I wasn't allowed to attend concerts in high school due to my older brother a couple years earlier bringing the family van back from a Petty Show in; we'll just say, "less that desirable conditions" for my Father's liking. Due to this incident, I was not allowed to attend any concerts while in high school. Well, I finally buried that hatchet last year and caught a Petty show. Then, my favorite band finally announces they are ready to make music again!! I have never won any front row concert tickets. Great timing, considering I'm getting married in 7 weeks. We loved Fiction Plane as well. All I can say is WOW, what a magical night in St. Paul it turned out to be! What a treat that was! Great show, great energy on stage. We loved ever second of it! We were flat out floating above our Front and Center seats the entire time. I know I let a few tears of pure bliss flow a couple times during the show. I just couldn't believe I was actually experiencing my favorite band, back together, doing their thing..LIVE. Thank you so much for the front row tickets... you made my summer!" - by "ckmonson"
"Every since I was 13yrs old I wanted to see the Police in concert, but my mom said I was too young. It has taken me over 20yrs to see "the boys" in concert and when they finally come to Denver I win FRONT ROW tickets!!! Unbelievable. It was everything I wanted and more. The concert lived up to its hype. I was so close that I made eye contact and received smiles from all three of them and Sting even sang "Every little thing she does is magic" while looking in my eyes. The guy standing behind us, tapped my boyfriend on his shoulder and said "You better be careful he is singing to her". I don't know how to thank ThePolice.com fan club enough, you fulfilled a long standing dream I had. Thank you so much. Jill M. Slinkard a long time Police Fan." - by "jillslinkard"
"When I got the call that I had won, I smiled and laughed the rest of the day. I was in disbelief for a few hours, then it sunk in and I absorbed it. I then started dreaming about what it was going to be like in the front row at Miami!
First of all, I was going mad trying to figure out who would be my lucky guest for the evening! I mean a ticket like this is priceless as far as I am concerned. On July 10th I would be already in Florida visiting relatives on the West coast, while my wife was working in Atlanta. My wife and I had previously bought tickets for Tampa (the night after Miami) and she did not want to pay the large sum of money to change her flight at the last minute to come into Miami (since she would see them in Tampa the next night anyway).
I ended up making a great decision. I decided to take one of my best friends from Ft. Lauderdale, FL whom I went to high school with. He was in the drumline with me back in the day. When I called him to offer him the ticket, I first quizzed him to death on all things The Police! He knew a few things and even a few drum licks. He had no idea at first why I was doing this. When I told him he was going to be in the front row in Miami with me, he broke out into laughter! He couldn't believe it either!!
We arrived in the parking lot for Dolphin stadium around 5:30pm. We did a bit of tailgating and enjoyed some quality time basking in the warm Miami sun (and the glory of having front row seats!). However, I had been nervous about getting the tickets all day. Until I got those tickets in my hand, it still seemed like it was just a dream that we were going to be in the front row. When we went to will call and got them, the adrenalin started to kick in. However, we kept it to ourselves and played it cool. We met several people in the parking lot who asked us where our tickets were and we said jokingly that it was "classified info" and that we couldn't really say. We stayed pretty humble for the most part, and never told anyone where we were sitting.
We entered the stadium and made our way down to the field as Maroon 5 was playing their last few songs. A funny detail. The ticker usher lady right before we got to the front was looking at us like we were definitely in the wrong section and that she would be turning us away. Maybe it was my homemade Stewart Copeland logo t-shirt, my orange tube socks (tribute the the old Stew days) which were pulled all the way up, or the permanent smile on my face from winning the tickets. I hand her our tickets, she looks at them, shrugs her shoulders, and points us in to the front row. HILARIOUS!!
The show was beyond words. Absolutely incredible. It was so very loud in the front row and I enjoyed every mind-pounding second of it. We were on the railing the whole show just right of center so we got to witness Andy up close and personal. What a wonderful night to see him! Andy was absolutely brilliant. He was on fire. He did this amazing sweep-picking lick at one time and I was just laughing and nodding my head. He was having a blast and so were we.
Not ONE noticeable mistake. They were dead on. They sounded like a band again. It no longer sounded like they were rehearsing the tunes. They were at the top of their game again. Sting was happy the whole show. He and Andy were burning the whole night. I jumped and flailed about most of the show. It was a religious experience. Being a percussionist myself, Stewart blew me away. His energy, groove, pure spirit, and rhythmic execution were perfect. He played many amazing, spontaneous fills at precisely the right time in the music all night long. It was a night that I will never forget.
A few scammers got kicked out of the front who were trying to act like they were with us and scam the view. We adopted a 'zero tolerance' policy and got rid of the unwanted scammers with the help of the great security there. The front row security personnel helped us out, were polite and courteous the whole show, and not once stood in the way of our view. This show was a moment for we the lucky ones to cherish and no distractions were to be had!
Again, the Miami show was performed with a very high level of musical execution. I am not saying this only because I was in the front row and was so excited that I wouldn't have noticed mistakes. I would have noticed. Trust me. Now people have opinions and that's fine. I can honestly say I have been playing, studying, and writing music for most of my life. Andy Sting and Stewart did not make mistakes at Miami like the few I heard last month at Bonnaroo. THEY WERE INCREDIBLY ON THE MONEY AS FAR AS ACCURACY.
More Miami show details:
1) Sting's voice was perfect. I was worried when I saw Live Nation afew days before Miami and he cracked a few times. At Miami, he was sipping tea and sucking down some type of herbs from a medicine bottle but he sounded wonderful and did indeed stretch his range on a few tunes.
2) Andy made no mistakes on notes and chord changes whatsoever. We were watching him the whole time. There was a row of cabinets and smaller speakers all the way across the front bottom of the stage and they were blaring in our face. I would have heard any mistakes that came out. That sound was so strong, but not distorted at all. It fueled my adrenaline all night long. I heard every note he Sting and Stewart played.
3) Stewart played his best show at Miami. Period. Out of the three shows I have seen anyway. He was aggressive, accurate, and all the right fills happened at precisely the right time. I sure hope if they release a dvd this is the show they do it with.
Thank you again from the bottom of my heart. Sincerely, - by "cpriddims"
Check out some of cpriddims' photos of his experience at Flickr
We have a pair of front row tickets to EACH of the following shows to give away in our fantastic new contest:
06 Jun - Key Arena, SEATTLE
09 Jun - Pepsi Center, DENVER
13 Jun - McAfee Coliseum, OAKLAND
23 Jun - Dodger Stadium, LOS ANGELES
26 Jun - American Airlines Center, DALLAS
30 Jun - Arena, NEW ORLEANS
03 Jul - Xcel Center, ST. PAUL
05 Jul - Wrigley Field, CHICAGO
10 Jul - Dolphin Stadium, MIAMI
16 Jul - Quicken Loans Arena, CLEVELAND
19 Jul - Citizens Bank Park, PHILADELPHIA
22 Jul - Air Canada Centre, TORONTO
25 Jul - Bell Centre, MONTREAL
28 Jul - Fenway Park BOSTON
05 Aug - Giants Stadium, EAST RUTHERFORD
WHO IS ELIGIBLE?:
All Police Tour Premium Fan Club Members (not Guests). You may only apply for one show.
HOW TO ENTER:
Want to be right in front of Sting, Andy & Stewart? Just fill out the Front Row entry form. Let us know what show you would like to attend (choose from the drop down menu) and enter the required personal info and you will be in the running! Make sure that you leave a phone number where you can be reached during the day. All entrants must agree to the TERMS & CONDITIONS
To enter CLICK HERE
and follow the instructions!
This prize DOES NOT include travel to or from the concert. The prize is strictly a pair of front row tickets. Tickets will be held in winners name at Will Call, and winner must have valid photo ID available for ticket pick up. You may not sell or trade any tickets or passes bought or won or otherwise acquired through a fan club presale, contest or sweepstake.
The winner of the signed copy of Andy Summers' superb photography book 'I'll Be Watching You' is Larry Miller. Larry's name was the first drawn from the hat who correctly identified the three musicians from the brief excerpts we provided from Andy's biography 'One Train Later' - Eric Clapton, Jimmy Page and Graham Bond. Thanks to everyone who entered and special thanks to Taschen and Andy for providing the terrific prize!