The Police work the Agora beat

Thanks in part to glorious exposure by MTV, The Police had no trouble playing whatever venue they wanted in the 1980s. The ’70s was a different matter altogether. Even though the band had reasonable success on the radio with the first two albums Outlandos d’Amour and Reggatta de Blanc, big gigs were still a ways off in the distance in the USA. When the band took the stage at the Youngstown Agora on November 11, 1979 they were in the midst of their second tour of the USA, supporting the Reggatta de Blanc album. Throughout 1979 and 1980 the band toured the world over several times with hardly any off time. That sort of grueling touring schedule would continue into the ’80s and lead to the band’s eventual breakup in the middle of the decade.

WHAT THE SHOW SOUNDED LIKE: There are any number of FM or soundboard recordings of shows during that tour.

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