Will The Police Return to Chance for Infamous Show’s Anniversary?
It's been 40 years since The Police played to a crowd of three people in Poughkeepsie. Is it time for a "do over?"
The story of this fabled concert has become legend. Sting, Andy Summers and Stewart Copeland took the stage as an unknown band called "The Police" on October 23, 1978. The concert was to happen at The Last Chance, now known as The Chance, in Poughkeepsie.
Unfortunately, a devastating storm hit the Hudson Valley that night, toppling trees and causing power outages throughout the region. As a result, only three paying customers made it to the show The crowd of less than ten people included radio station employees, a bartender and other people associated with the show. Sting recalled the story of this disastrous show during a visit to The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon.
A petition has been started at change.org to give The Police and the City of Poughkeepsie a "do over" on the concert. The petition is seeking to get the members of The Police to return to the scene four decades later for a second chance. The petition states; "The people of Poughkeepsie, NY would like to give The Police another chance to play again."
Those interested in supporting the idea are encouraged to sign the petition which is addressed to Sting, Stewart Copeland, Andy Summers, their record label and The Chance Theater. If enough people sign, the petition will be presented to those who can make the concert happen.
While there is no guarantee that The Police will agree to play the show, organizers of the petition believe that it's worth a shot. And if the reunion concert does eventually happen, Poughkeepsie supporters want to reassure Sting and company that "This time we promise to show up."
Are you interested in spreading the word to help get more signatures on the petition? Head over to Change.org to find out how you can support the movement.