The Police cop out of Irish date on comeback tour

REUNITED pop group The Police appear to have snubbed their Irish fans yesterday when they confirmed dates and venues for the European leg of their world tour — and no gig here is planned.

The ’80’s band, best known for such hits as ‘‘Roxanne,’’ ‘‘Message in a Bottle’’ and ‘‘Every Breath You Take,’’ kick-off the reunion tour in Europe at the Globe Arena, Stockholm on August 29.

The band’s first British show since 1986’s Synchronicity Tour will take place at Twickenham on September 8. Further shows are scheduled for arenas in Birmingham and Manchester.

That particular leg of the reunion tour will culminate at Cardiff’s Millennium Stadium on October 19. They will also visit

Austria, the Czech Republic, France, Germany, the Netherlands and Spain.

There will be further announcements about dates in Belgium, Denmark, Italy and Switzerland, according to a statement on the group’s website.

After their Stockholm date, they move to the National Indoor Arena (NIA) in Birmingham and then play the Twickenham Stadium date.

The hugely successful band have reformed 23 years after drifting apart. Singer Sting — aka Gordon Sumner — guitarist Andy Summers and drummer Stewart Copeland will perform at the AOL Arena in Hamburg in Germany, the Amsterdam Arena and Prague’s Sazka Arena.

Concerts at the Stadthalle in Vienna, the Munich Olympiastadion and Barcelona’s Olympic

Stadium will follow — all in September.

And the final four gigs to be confirmed for the

moment are at the Stade de France in Paris, Dusseldorf’s LTU Arena, the MEN

Arena in Manchester and Cardiff’s Millennium Stadium.

The Police’s world tour begins in the Canadian city of Vancouver on 28 May, and shows in several US cities have already sold out.

The five-time Grammy-winning band split up in 1984.

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