Thursday, June 4, 2009

The Police, The Drummer, and The Little Flag That Could

The PoliceAnyone who knows me for more than two minutes should know that my favorite band of all time is The Police. Whether they are together or not, they've always been and most likely always will be my favorite.

They were my first concert. They were my Beatles. I think you get the picture.

So, you can probably imagine my delight [read: hysteria] when a little over two years ago this little band got back together to embark on a reunion tour. Thanks to many wonderful friends, I had the opportunity to see them at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, Hershey Park in Hershey, PA, Washington, D.C., and the show to [literally] end all shows, Madison Square Gardens in NYC. 

It's been almost 10 months, to the day, since the tour ended. I've wanted to blog about this for just as long. Though, I didn't know how to put it all into words. There was too much to explain with a kind of "you had to be there" feeling. 

Now, thanks to one very special lady who is an organizer extraordinaire and creator of the "little flag that could", I don't have to explain. Better words could not have been written to illustrate the experience of a few 100 or more fans of this band and more specifically, their drummer, Stewart Copeland...

The Little Flag That Could
By Kellie M. Walsh
On Thursday, August 7, 2008, at Madison Square Garden in New York, the Police—singer-bassist Sting, guitarist Andy Summers, and drummer Stewart Copeland—took the stage one last time to celebrate the finale of their thirtieth anniversary reunion tour [...]
In the middle of the celebration hung a small green flag.
It wasn't much to look at. Its corners were soiled, its face cracked. Its emblem, the silhouette of a horse and rider, held no significance for the Police. To tens of thousands of witnesses that night, it was a mystery.
But to a small group of fans, just a couple of hundred or so scattered around the arena and globe, it was a message [...]
The plan was a simple one: volunteers from the forum at stewartcopeland.net would show their support for the site's namesake by carrying to as many reunion concerts as possible a kelly green flag emblazoned with Copeland’s personal logo of himself on a horse in silhouette.
[click here for full story. It's the feel good story of the season. Heck the decade! And you'll never guess where the flag now resides!]

11 comments:

  1. I was also at the Police Reunion tour when they came to Mpls in July 2007. Totally awesome!

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  2. They are quite wonderful to listen to and look at. You must have been absolutely thrilled to see them live.

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  3. Oy....I'm feeling a bit verklempt....need some tissues....thanks for taking us to see them at Hershey!:) Did you get a flaglet?:)

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  4. Verklempt is right! I was sobbing when I read it. Oh, yes, I definitely have a flaglet and it's proudly displayed in my office along with my other "party favors".

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  5. Sorry for the comment disappearance earlier, my dear. Blogspot really doesn't want to allow me to post as me no matter how hard I try, so I'm just using this mystery account so that I can properly say,

    Thank you. You're very kind, and I am enormously flattered -- as I made sure to mention here: http://tr.im/nzrm .

    Though you really should write about your own personal experience at some point.

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  6. I'm not worthy! I'm not worthy! The Flag Mistress has graced my blog. As I said, you're an amazing organizer, Kellie, and an even better writer.

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  7. (OK, now it has changed accounts on me. I'm so confused.) xoxo

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  8. ...and she's dirty...

    Great post Foo and great article Kel. It was a fabulous ride especially meeting the likes of you two along the road.

    Rock on!
    ~patti

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  9. I recently came across your blog and have been reading along. I thought I would leave my first comment. I dont know what to say except that I have enjoyed reading. Nice blog. I will keep visiting this blog very often.


    Margaret

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