The Police

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This week’s featured artist is [lastfm]The Police[/lastfm], a band that rocketed to popularity in the early 1980s only to cease to exist just as quickly when the band broke up in 1986.

Just a couple years ago, however, the three members of The Police resurrected the most successful era in their respective careers with a worldwide reunion tour. This begs the question, how did their performances from the 2007/2008 tour stack up against the performances of their heyday?

To find out, we compiled a series of videos from live shows, and every day this week we’ll be bringing you a new then-and-now comparison of The Police performing some of their biggest hits. Today we compare Message in a Bottle, 1980s vs. 2000s.

Message in a Bottle as performed by the original incarnation of The Police:

And again, this time performed by the reunited band:


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